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Winston Churchill on why the American Constitution matters

November 30, 2017 By NCC Staff

On the anniversary of his birth, Constitution Daily looks back at what the British leader and author Sir Winston Churchill had to say about the American Constitution, which was quite a lot.

The real story behind the presidential turkey pardon

November 21, 2017 By NCC Staff

The presidential pardon of the Thanksgiving turkey has become an annual event, but the peace between the fowl and the White House is a relatively thing. And in fact, a few presidents actually ate their guests!

10 fascinating facts about Robert F. Kennedy

November 20, 2017 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1925, Robert F. Kennedy was born in Brookline, Mass. Kennedy was one of the seminal figures of the 1960s and led a very public life before he was fatally shot on June 5, 1968, at a Los Angeles hotel.

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.

Three ghoulish tales of body snatchers, presidents and the Founders

October 31, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

In a special Halloween feature, Constitution Daily looks at two real-life body snatching stories related to three U.S. Presidents, and a ghoulish tale involving Alexander Hamilton and John Jay.

Happy birthday to the Statue of Liberty!

October 28, 2017 By NCC Staff

It’s hard to imagine America without the Statue of Liberty, but the icon of freedom didn’t make official public debut until this day in 1886.

Peyton Randolph: The forgotten revolutionary president

October 22, 2017 By NCC Staff

The first president of the Continental Congress was George Washington’s close friend and Thomas Jefferson’s cousin. So who was this forgotten forefather and why was he a crucial revolutionary figure?

The Louisiana Purchase: Jefferson’s constitutional gamble

October 20, 2017 By NCC Staff

On October 20, 1803, the Senate ratified a treaty with France, promoted by President Thomas Jefferson, that doubled the size of the United States. But was Jefferson empowered to make that $15 million deal under the Constitution?

10 fascinating facts on the White House’s 225th anniversary

October 13, 2017 By NCC Staff

Today marks the 225th anniversary of an American icon: the White House. Here's a look back at its remarkable history.

Chester Alan Arthur: Obscure or underrated?

October 5, 2017 By NCC Staff

If you are a presidential historian or a fan of facial hair, you probably know a little about Chester Alan Arthur. For the rest of us, he’s one of the more obscure leaders in American history.

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