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On this day, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 is signed

August 6, 2017 By NCC Staff

On August 6, 1965, President Lyndon Johnson signed the landmark Voting Rights Act, a centerpiece of the civil rights movement that is still the subject of debate.

10 fascinating facts about President Ulysses Grant

April 27, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks the 195th birthday of Ulysses Grant, who played a unique role in American history. Here is a look at a military leader who later became president in one of the nation’s most troubled decades.

Happy birthday, 15th and 16th Amendments

February 3, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today we celebrate a constitutional ratification twofer: the 15th Amendment (ratified February 3, 1870) and the 16th Amendment (ratified February 3, 1913). Here’s what you need to know.

Happy Birthday, Civil Rights Act

July 2, 2016 By NCC Staff

On July 2, 1964, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act. The landmark law was a turning point in American history, as it addressed discrimination and segregation on a national level.

Video: Jeffrey Rosen on the Second Founding

March 31, 2016 By NCC Staff

In a recent event at Dickinson College, National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen joined Matthew Pinsker to look back at the fascinating constitutional story behind the Reconstruction Amendments.

Podcast: The 15th Amendment and the right to vote

February 4, 2016 By NCC Staff

Richard Pildes of the New York University School of Law and Bradley Smith of the Capital University Law School discuss the history and meaning of the last Reconstruction Amendment.

Video: The origins of the Reconstruction Amendments

November 5, 2015 By NCC Staff

Jack Rakove, John Harrison, Pamela Brandwein, and moderator Jeffrey Rosen discuss the origins, influence, and contemporary meaning of the 14th Amendment at a special National Constitution Center event.

Podcast: Is the Constitution color-blind?

October 15, 2015 By NCC Staff

Theodore Shaw of the University of North Carolina School of Law and Michael Rosman of the Center for Individual Rights explore how the Constitution deals with race.

Who controls primary elections, and who gets to vote?

September 23, 2015 By Jonathan Stahl

As the nation barrels toward Iowa and New Hampshire, let's take a brief look at the development of primary elections and access to the ballot box.

A troubled semicentennial remembrance of the Voting Rights Act

August 7, 2015 By Rick Valelly

In this commentary, Rick Valelly of Swarthmore College says the history of voting rights reminds us that democracy is a work in progress that requires hard thinking and effort from all of us.

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