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10 fascinating facts about Grover Cleveland, the only double President

March 18, 2019 By NCC Staff

Grover Cleveland stands alone in American history as the only President to serve non-consecutive terms. On the anniversary of his birth, here’s a look at one of most fascinating White House occupants.

On This Day:  You have a right to an attorney

March 18, 2019 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1963 that the Supreme Court handed down the Gideon decision, which guaranteed the rights of the accused to have a public defender in court.

A salute to the four Founding Fathers born in Ireland

March 17, 2019 By NCC Staff

When the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia in 1787, half of its foreign-born delegates were born in Ireland. For St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a look at these forgotten figures.

10 birthday facts about President Andrew Jackson

March 15, 2019 By NCC Staff

Andrew Jackson, the seventh president, has a birthday today. But how much do you know about one of the most controversial presidents?

The cotton gin: A game-changing social and economic invention

March 14, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On this day in 1793, young inventor Eli Whitney had his U.S. patent for the cotton gin approved, an invention that would definitely have an impact on social and economic conditions that led to the Civil War.

On this day, the Confederate Constitution is approved

March 11, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On March 11, 1861, delegates from the newly formed Confederate States of America agreed on their own constitution. And much of it mirrored the Constitution of the United States as it existed at the time.

The man who delivered California to the U.S., and was fired for it

March 10, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On March 10, 1848, the Senate approved a treaty that led to California and much of the Southwest joining the United States. But the man who negotiated the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was promptly fired on his return to Washington.

Selma: The Shining Moment In The Conscience Of Man

March 7, 2019 By NCC Staff

On March 7, 1965, civil rights activists were attacked by Alabama police near a bridge in Selma, Alabama, in a moment that shocked a nation and helped lead to the Voting Rights Act. Today, the images are still shocking and the debate over voting rights remains unsettled.

Dred Scott decision still resonates today

March 6, 2019 By NCC Staff

On March 6, 1857, the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Dred Scott case, which had a direct impact on the coming of the Civil War and Abraham Lincoln's presidency four years later.

On this day, the Boston Massacre lights the fuse of revolution

March 5, 2019 By NCC Staff

On March 5, 1770, British soldiers fired upon a group of rowdy colonists, killing five and wounding others.

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