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Read six different versions of the Gettysburg Address

November 19, 2017 By NCC Staff

There were five versions of the Gettysburg Address that were acknowledged by Abraham Lincoln in his lifetime. Here are those versions, along with the AP wire copy from November 1863.

Essential online resources for Constitution Day

September 18, 2017 By NCC Staff

With Constitution Day happening today, here’s a look at some essential constitutional resources we use in our quest to explain and understand our founding document.

The Burr vs. Hamilton duel happened 212 years ago today

July 11, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks the anniversary of the deadly duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. What caused the sitting vice president to duel a Founding Father on the cliffs overlooking New York City?

12 famous Americans killed, involved in duels

July 11, 2017 By NCC Staff

On the anniversary of the Burr-Hamilton duel, a look back at history shows the event wasn't unique when it came to early-19th-century squabbles.

The origins of the Memorial Day holiday

May 29, 2017 By NCC Staff

But many people, Memorial Day is the symbol of summer’s start, or a chance to get a good bargain on a car. What’s lost is its original meaning to more and more people.

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.

Video: Defining Truth in Modern Politics

May 1, 2017 By NCC Staff

Susan Glasser of POLITICO, Glenn Kessler of The Washington Post, and Brian Stelter of CNN look at the rise of “fake news,” the growth of political polarization, and the fracturing of the media.

Podcast: The history and constitutionality of the filibuster

April 6, 2017 By NCC Staff

Richard Arenberg of Brown University and Josh Chafetz of Cornell University discuss the history of the Senate filibuster and whether or not it should be eliminated.

Great inaugural addresses: Abraham Lincoln's two speeches

January 18, 2017 By NCC Staff

Abraham Lincoln’s two inaugural speeches were both historic and prophetic. Read some of the highlights of these landmark addresses.

How Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday became a holiday

January 16, 2017 By NCC Staff

The fight to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday a holiday took 32 years, a lot of campaigning, and guest appearances including Stevie Wonder, Ted Kennedy, and the National Football League.

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