Constitution Daily

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The Burr vs. Hamilton duel happened 214 years ago today

July 11, 2018 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?

The history of legal challenges to the Pledge of Allegiance

June 14, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

The Pledge of Allegiance to the United States' flag has been part of American life for generations, but not without some constitutional controversy.

How much do you know about the American flag?

June 14, 2018 By NCC Staff

In honor of Flag Day, here are 10 fascinating facts about the Stars and Stripes that may surprise you!

Olmstead case was a watershed for Supreme Court

June 4, 2018 By NCC Staff

Today marks the 90th anniversary of the landmark Olmstead v. United States wiretapping case decided by the Supreme Court, which had a far-reaching impact still felt today.

10 European colonies in America that failed before Jamestown

May 14, 2018 By NCC Staff

The Jamestown settlement in Virginia, which officially was started on May 14, 1607, was one of the first European colonies to last in North America for more than a few years, despite severe hardships. Here's a look at 10 earlier efforts from Europeans that didn't fare well.

10 U.S Presidents who also worked as teachers

May 8, 2018 By NCC Staff

On National Teacher Day, Constitution Daily looks at 10 Presidents who were teachers in some capacity before they occupied the White House - including one who later married his own teacher.

The day the Supreme Court killed Hollywood’s studio system

May 4, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

Today marks the anniversary of an important Supreme Court case that helped to end the Hollywood studio system and fuel a young television industry in the late 1940s.

J. Edgar Hoover: The library clerk who became America’s ‘most-powerful man’

May 2, 2018 By NCC Staff

On May 2, 1972, FBI director J. Edgar Hoover died of heart disease at a Washington hospital, ending his 48-year total control over the federal agency he managed and created. Hoover, a power unto himself, actually started his professional career as a librarian and used those skills to shape the FBI.

Discover 10 treasures from the Library of Congress

April 24, 2018 By NCC Staff

Since its establishment on April 24, 1800, the Library of Congress has grown to become the largest library in the world, with more than 155.3 million items in its holdings. Here’s a look at 10 of the most fascinating pieces.

The remarkable career of Charles Evans Hughes

April 11, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On the 156th anniversary of his birthday, Constitution Daily looks back at the career of Charles Evans Hughes, former Chief Justice and a man who lost the 1916 presidential election by 4,000 votes cast in California.

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