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A big day in the history of the United States Postal Service

February 20, 2018 By NCC Staff

On February 20, 1792, President George Washington officially created the modern United States Postal Service by signing a sweeping act that promoted a free press and put privacy safeguards in place.

A controversial executive order leads to internment camps

February 19, 2018 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt issued his most-controversial executive order, an act that sent more than 100,000 people to government-controlled facilities because of their ethnicity.

10 people who very nearly became President

February 19, 2018 By NCC Staff

On Presidents Day 2018, Constitution Daily looks at two “what if” scenarios that would have given us 10 different Presidents through history. What factor would have given us Samuel Tilden, Willie Mangum or Aaron Burr as the nation’s leader?

Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln: Dueling inaugural addresses

February 18, 2018 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1861, former U.S. Senator Jefferson Davis took to a podium for his presidential inauguration and gave an impassioned speech about the Constitution. Three weeks later, Abraham Lincoln did likewise, to much different results.

On this day: A tied presidential election ends in the Washington

February 17, 2018 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1801 that the House finally decided a tied presidential election because of a constitutional flaw: the deadlocked race between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr.

10 ways Abraham Lincoln remains in our daily lives

February 12, 2018 By NCC Staff

Abraham Lincoln, the man, was a national figure for a little less than a decade in his lifetime. But Lincoln, the legend, is a daily part of most American’s lives as a figure represented in currency, pop culture and our geography.

The day the Senate picked a U.S. vice president on its own

February 8, 2018 By NCC Staff

One of the little-understood provisions of the 12th Amendment allows the U.S. Senate to name a Vice President under very limited circumstances. It happened once, on this day in 1837.

How FDR lost his brief war on the Supreme Court

February 5, 2018 By NCC Staff

On February 5, 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt shocked America by introducing a plan to expand the Supreme Court, to gain favorable votes. FDR’s war on the court was short-lived, and it was defeated by a crafty chief justice and Roosevelt’s own party members.

Who were the first six Supreme Court justices?

February 1, 2018 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1790 that the United States Supreme Court opened for business. The court back then bared little resemblance to the current one, but it certainly had some interesting characters.

William McKinley: Does he deserve more respect from historians?

January 29, 2018 By NCC Staff

He was a war hero who led America out of a recession, won a war and re-election, defined modern election campaigns, and died at an assassin’s hand. So why don’t historians respect William McKinley?

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