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The day the Constitution was ratified

June 21, 2017 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, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

Today is the 235th 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: James Madison introduces the Bill of Rights

June 8, 2017 By NCC Staff

On June 8, 1789, James Madison addressed the House of Representatives and introduced a proposed Bill of Rights to the Constitution. More than three months later, Congress would finally agree on a final list to present to the states.

A future American president's deadly duel

May 30, 2017 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1806, future President Andrew Jackson nearly died in a duel when he killed his opponent, a fellow plantation owner.

Podcast: The life and legacy of John Marshall

May 25, 2017 By NCC Staff

Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina and Kevin Walsh of the University of Richmond explore the influential career of the nation's longest-serving chief justice.

It was 230 years ago today the Constitutional Convention began

May 25, 2017 By NCC Staff

It was 230 years ago the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia started in earnest and the first votes were taken at what is now called Independence Hall.

10 fascinating facts about John Hancock

May 24, 2017 By NCC Staff

John Hancock and his signature are two of the best-known elements related to the Declaration of Independence. But how much do you know about the former president of the Continental Congress?

How Philly lost the nation’s capital to Washington

May 15, 2017 By NCC Staff

Philadelphia was the early capital of the United States after the Constitution was ratified, but on May 14, 1800, the nation’s capital moved to Washington. So who was behind the deal that changed the face of American government?

Podcast: James Wilson and the creation of the Constitution

May 4, 2017 By NCC Staff

Christopher Yoo of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Tom Donnelly of the National Constitution Center discuss the Pennsylvania Federalist and America's greatest proponent of popular sovereignty.

Law Day 2017: 10 famous people who were lawyers

May 1, 2017 By NCC Staff

May 1 is Law Day, an event that honors “liberty, justice and equality under law which our forefathers bequeathed” to the United States. Learn more about 10 famous people who studied the law, from Abraham Lincoln to Nelson Mandela.

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