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Founding Fathers

The seeds of Revolution: The Stamp Act protests in Boston

March 22, 2019 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1765 that the British Parliament signed the Stamp Act, a move that lit the fuse for a revolution in the American colonies that burned for a decade.

Thomas McKean: A Founding Father with a double life

March 19, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

Thomas McKean was a President before George Washington and supported judicial review before John Marshall. But today, McKean is mostly forgotten in the discussion about Founders who had a significant impact on the Constitution and the early Supreme Court.

A salute to the four Founding Fathers born in Ireland

March 17, 2019 By NCC Staff

When the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia in 1787, half of its foreign-born delegates were born in Ireland. For St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a look at these forgotten figures.

Does the census actually count everyone and should it?

March 12, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

The high-stakes fight now unfolding in the Supreme Court over the 2020 census, testing whether everyone in America should be asked about their citizenship, is now intensifying into a major constitutional controversy.

On this day, the Boston Massacre lights the fuse of revolution

March 5, 2019 By NCC Staff

On March 5, 1770, British soldiers fired upon a group of rowdy colonists, killing five and wounding others.

On this day, the Articles of Confederation are approved

March 1, 2019 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1781, the Articles of Confederation, our first constitution, became the official law of the land. It didn’t last a decade, for some obvious reasons.

Fascinating facts about George Washington for his real birthday

February 22, 2019 By NCC Staff

The national holiday called Washington's Birthday may have passed, but today is George Washington’s real 286th birthday. Here are interesting facts about the first president, including his wealth, his career as a distiller, and the truth about those teeth.

10 fascinating facts about the Washington Monument

February 21, 2019 By NCC Staff

The iconic Washington Monument is celebrating its birthday today. Learn how it took 40 years to complete the project, and the surprising connections it has to the Pope, Abraham Lincoln, and the Constitution.

Remembering William Henry Harrison: The most obscure President?

February 9, 2019 By NCC Staff

On February 9, 1773, future U.S. president William Henry Harrison was born in Virginia. The enigmatic Harrison is best known for his premature death in office. But the ninth president won his race in 1840 using tactics familiar to most of us today.

The man who wrote the words “We The People”

January 31, 2019 By NCC Staff

Today marks the birth of maybe the most colorful of all the Founding Fathers. It was Gouverneur Morris who put the finishing touches on the Constitution in 1787, and gave the words “We The People” to all Americans.

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