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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.

Five interesting facts on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday

January 15, 2017 By NCC Staff

Constitution Daily looks back at the inspirational story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and uncovers some interesting facts about the late civil rights leader’s life.

As Obama exits and Trump enters, what does George Washington have to say?

January 10, 2017 By Nicandro Iannacci

Seven lessons from America's first President.

Read six different versions of the Gettysburg Address

November 19, 2016 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.

10 essential online resources for Constitution Day

September 16, 2016 By NCC Staff

With Constitution Day happening on Friday, here’s a look at 10 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, 2016 By NCC Staff

Today marks the 212th anniversary of the deadly duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr. What caused the sitting vice president to gun down a Founding Father on the cliffs overlooking New York City?

12 famous Americans killed, involved in duels

July 11, 2016 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 30, 2016 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.

Podcast: Celebrating the appointment of Chief Justice John Marshall

March 24, 2016 By NCC Staff

Jeffrey Rosen, president and CEO of the National Constitution Center, remembers the Great Chief Justice in a talk for the Supreme Court Historical Society.

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