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On this day, women first allowed to argue Supreme Court cases

February 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

On February 15, 1879, President Rutherford B. Hayes signed a new law that would admit women as members of the Supreme Court bar and allow them to submit and argue cases at the high court.

On This Day: The Roe v. Wade decision

January 22, 2018 By NCC Staff

On January 22, 1973, the Supreme Court handed down a decision that continues to divide the nation to this day.

On this day, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation changes history

January 1, 2018 By NCC Staff

January 1 is one of the most noteworthy days in American history, marking President Abraham Lincoln’s decision to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.

On This Day: Supreme Court says tax-paying Indians can’t vote

November 3, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On November 3, 1884, the United States Supreme Court issued one of its most controversial decisions, when it said that American Indians who paid taxes didn’t have the right to vote in elections.

The pardon of Jefferson Davis and the 14th Amendment

October 17, 2017 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1978, President Jimmy Carter officially restored the full citizenship rights of former Confederate president Jefferson Davis, signing an act from Congress that ended a century-long dispute.

On this day, Supreme Court orders Little Rock desegregation

September 12, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On September 12, 1958, a unanimous Supreme Court declined a Little Rock School District request to delay desegregation mandated by the Court’s Brown v. Board ruling by more than two years.

Can a President invoke the 14th Amendment to raise the debt ceiling?

August 22, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Back in 2013, an obscure constitutional debate about presidential powers and the debt ceiling received considerable attention. But as a new debt deadline nears in a deadlocked Washington, the 14th Amendment could come back in play in late September.

Hugo Black, unabashed partisan for the Constitution

August 12, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

On August 12, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt nominated then-Senator Hugo Black of Alabama to the Supreme Court.

10 huge Supreme Court cases about the 14th Amendment

July 9, 2017 By NCC Staff

On the 149th anniversary of the 14th Amendment, Constitution Daily looks at 10 historic Supreme Court cases about due process and equal protection under the law.

John Bingham: One of America’s forgotten “Second Founders”

July 9, 2017 By Tom Donnelly

Although forgotten by most Americans, John Bingham is one of the most important figures in American constitutional history. Indeed, Justice Hugo Black called him the “Madison . . . of the Fourteenth Amendment.” And so he was.

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