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Article III, Section 3

On the day, Justice Noah Swayne confirmed by the Senate

January 24, 2021 by Nicholas Mosvick

On this day in 1862, Noah Swayne was confirmed by the Senate to replace Justice John McLean, one of two dissenters in the Dred Scott decision along with Benjamin Roberts Curtis.

The pardon of Jefferson Davis and the 14th Amendment

October 17, 2018 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.

The Constitution’s Treason Clause: Seldom invoked despite threats

July 14, 2017 by Scott Bomboy

Accusations of treason are a serious matter in the public arena, but history shows few examples of charges followed by convictions in legitimate treason cases.

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