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Founding Fathers

A birthday tribute to the Founding Father of gerrymandering

July 17, 2019 By NCC Staff

It’s the birthday of a Founding Father whose name you know today as part of a controversial political term.

How Philadelphia lost the nation’s capital to Washington

July 16, 2019 By NCC Staff

It’s a sad day for some historically minded Philadelphians: It's the anniversary of the congressional act that moved the nation’s capital from their city to Washington, D.C.

The Burr vs. Hamilton duel happened 215 years ago today

July 11, 2019 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?

10 fascinating facts about the Liberty Bell

July 8, 2019 By NCC Staff

On July 8, 1776, popular legend says the Liberty Bell rang to symbolize America’s independence from Great Britain. But many “facts” about the Bell, such as the 1776 ringing, are shrouded in mystery.

Three Presidents Die on July 4th: Just a Coincidence?

July 4, 2019 By NCC Staff

It is a fact of American history that three of the five Founding Father Presidents died on Independence Day. But was it just a coincidence?

10 fascinating facts about the Declaration of Independence

July 4, 2019 By NCC Staff

July 4th marks the annual holiday that celebrates the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. So how much do you know about this famous document?

When is the real Independence Day: July 2 or July 4?

July 2, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

There’s no doubt the Founding Fathers signed the Declaration of Independence in July 1776. But which date has the legitimate claim on Independence Day: July 2 or July 4?

The day the Constitution was ratified

June 21, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 21, 1788, New Hampshire became the ninth and final state needed to ratify the Constitution.

Why we don’t have a turkey on our Great Seal

June 20, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

Today is the 236th birthday of the Great Seal of the United States. So how close did we really come to having a turkey instead of an eagle as our national symbol?

On this day, a committee forms to write the Declaration of Independence

June 11, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 11, 1776, the Second Continental Congress asked five delegates to write the draft version of the Declaration of Independence. This excerpt from Jeffrey Rosen and David Rubenstein's pamphlet from our “Constituting Liberty” exhibit puts the Declaration of Independence in context, including Thomas Jefferson's role.

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