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