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Five lessons we can learn from George Washington’s Farewell Address

September 19, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On September 19, 1796, a Philadelphia newspaper published one of the greatest documents in American history: George Washington’s Farewell Address.

10 birthday facts about President and Chief Justice William Howard Taft

September 15, 2018 By NCC Staff

William Howard Taft is a truly unique American figure who led two branches of government, was a wrestling champion and the youngest Solicitor General in American history.

On this day, the name “United States of America” becomes official

September 9, 2018 By NCC Staff

On September 9, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted a new name for what had been called “the United Colonies.” The moniker United States of America has remained since then as a symbol of freedom and independence.

The Nixon pardon in constitutional retrospect

September 8, 2018 By NCC Staff

President Gerald Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon 44 years ago today generated a national controversy, but in recent years, some of the pardon’s biggest critics have changed their tunes on the unprecedented move.

10 fascinating facts about the Labor Day holiday

September 3, 2018 By NCC Staff

The first Monday in September is celebrated nationally as Labor Day. So how did we get the holiday and why is no one quite sure who created it?

Remembering Frederick Douglass’ escape from slavery

September 3, 2018 By NCC Staff

Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery on September 3, 1838, aided by a disguise and job skills he had learned while forced to work in Baltimore's shipyards.

10 fascinating facts about President Lyndon B. Johnson

August 27, 2018 By NCC Staff

On the occasion of President Lyndon Johnson’s 110th birthday, the National Constitution Center looks at 10 interesting facts about one of the most colorful and controversial figures in American history.

Why is August 26 known as Women’s Equality Day?

August 26, 2018 By NCC Staff

The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote nationally on August 18, 1920, so why is Women’s Equality Day on August 26th each year?

On this day, the British set fire to Washington, D.C.

August 24, 2018 By NCC Staff

The United States capital of Washington, D.C., burned 204 years ago today, but it may have been an act of nature that forced the British from the besieged city.

On this day, we added the 50th state

August 21, 2018 By NCC Staff

Hawaii joined the Union on this day in 1959, an act that remains historically significant but not without controversy.

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