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Founding Fathers

On this day, the Sons of Liberty take over Boston

August 14, 2017 By NCC Staff

There were a lot of events that led to American Independence, but it was 252 years ago today that the seeds of revolution were planted in an angry Boston, when protesters let their feelings known about unjust taxes.

A huge free press victory by the original Philadelphia Lawyer

August 4, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On August 4, 1735, a jury acquitted publisher John Peter Zenger of libel charges against New York’s colonial governor, in an early landmark moment for the free press and the American legal system.

Podcast: George Washington’s warning to future generations

August 3, 2017 By NCC Staff

John Avlon, editor-in-chief of The Daily Beast, discusses the first president’s momentous and prescient farewell address to the nation and how the address could help reunite America today.

On this day, the Declaration of Independence is officially signed

August 2, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

August 2, 1776 is one of the most important but least celebrated days in American history, when 56 members of the Second Continental Congress started signing the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia.

Happy 228th birthday to the Department of State

July 27, 2017 By NCC Staff

On July 27, 1789, Congress created the State Department, which became an important part of the Executive Branch established under the new Constitution.

10 fascinating facts on the Postal Service’s birthday

July 26, 2017 By NCC Staff

On July 26, 1775, the Continental Congress created the Post Office, naming Benjamin Franklin as the first Postmaster General. Here’s a look at 10 fascinating facts about a unique American institution.

A birthday tribute to the Founding Father of gerrymandering

July 17, 2017 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, 2017 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.

Can a Vice President be charged with a crime while in office?

July 12, 2017 By Scott Bomboy

On July 12, 1804, Vice President Aaron Burr faced the prospect of murder charges after shooting Alexander Hamilton. Why didn’t those charges come to pass and what would happen today in a similar situation?

The Burr vs. Hamilton duel happened 212 years ago today

July 11, 2017 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?

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