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Civil War

The pardon of Jefferson Davis and the 14th Amendment

October 17, 2017 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 debate over Confederate monuments and how to remember the Civil War

May 25, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

The removal of four public symbols of the Confederacy in New Orleans highlights the crucial difference between history and memory.

Andrew Jackson’s conflicted history on North-South relations

May 2, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

The late President Andrew Jackson is back in the news this week after the current President referenced Jackson’s viewpoints about the North-South conflict that became the Civil War.

10 fascinating facts about President Ulysses Grant

April 27, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks the 195th 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.

10 interesting facts about Abraham Lincoln’s assassination

April 14, 2017 By NCC Staff

It was 152 years ago when President Abraham Lincoln was shot while watching a play at Ford’s Theater. Lincoln died the next morning, and in the aftermath, some odd facts seemed to pop up.

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

March 14, 2017 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.

Today in History: The Confederate Constitution is approved

March 11, 2017 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.

An anniversary for the Missouri controversial compromise

March 3, 2017 By NCC Staff

On March 3, 1820, Congress approved the Missouri compromise, a law that maintained a balance in the Senate between free and slave states. The pact only lasted 24 years, and its elimination was one of the contributing factors that led to the Civil War.

Jefferson Davis and Abraham Lincoln: Dueling inaugural addresses

February 18, 2017 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.

Millard Fillmore's forgotten role in the slavery debate

January 7, 2017 By NCC Staff

On the occasion of Millard Fillmore's 217th birthday, Constitution Daily looks back at a forgotten President and his role in the crisis that led to the Civil War.

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