Constitution Daily

Smart conversation from the National Constitution Center


Three ghoulish tales of body snatchers, presidents and the Founders

October 31, 2018 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, 2018 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, 2018 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, 2018 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 anniversary

October 13, 2018 By NCC Staff

Today marks the 226th 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, 2018 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.

On this day: Congress officially creates the U.S. Army

September 29, 2018 By NCC Staff

To some it seemed like a technicality, but on this day in 1789, President George Washington succeeded in getting the First Congress to recognize the U.S. Army under the terms of our new Constitution.

On this day, the Constitution was signed in Philadelphia

September 17, 2018 By NCC Staff

On September 17, 1787, a group of men gathered in a closed meeting room to sign the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution. And it was Benjamin Franklin who made the motion to sign the document in his last great speech.

20 questions kids ask the most on Constitution Day

September 17, 2018 By NCC Staff

How many bathrooms are in the White House? Who is the tallest president? Read the most asked among 3,000 questions we received on Constitution Day from students.

Pop quiz: 10 basic Constitution questions!

September 17, 2018 By NCC Staff

Can you pass a 10-question quiz on the Constitution? Let’s see if you know the basic facts about our nation’s most enduring document.

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