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Founding Fathers

From hero to traitor: Benedict Arnold’s day of infamy

September 21, 2018 By NCC Staff

On September 21, 1780, Revolutionary War hero Benedict Arnold turned his back on his country in a secret meeting with a top British official. So how did Arnold, with his patriot’s pedigree, become the most-hated man in America?

Five lessons we can learn from George Washington’s Farewell Address

September 19, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On September 19, 1796, a Philadelphia newspaper published one of the greatest documents in American history: George Washington’s Farewell Address.

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.

Top 10 myths about the Constitution on Constitution Day

September 17, 2018 By NCC Staff

The Constitution is our most enduring document, but not everything you read online about the Constitution is accurate! Here are some of the top myths about the Constitution and the Founding Fathers still out there on blogs and websites.

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.

Excerpt: America Is Living James Madison’s Nightmare

September 12, 2018 By Jeffrey Rosen

In this excerpt from The Atlantic’s October 2018 print edition, National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen looks at James Madison’s fear of mob rule and what Madison would think of democracy today.

On this day, the name “United States of America” becomes official

September 9, 2018 By NCC Staff

On September 9, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted a new name for what had been called “the United Colonies.” The moniker United States of America has remained since then as a symbol of freedom and independence.

On this day, the first Continental Congress meets in Philadelphia

September 5, 2018 By NCC Staff

On September 5, 1774, the first Continental Congress in the United States met in Philadelphia to consider its reaction to the British government’s restraints on trade and representative government after the Boston Tea Party.

Hamilton’s Treasury Department and a great Constitutional debate

September 2, 2018 By Scott Bomboy

On this day in 1789, George Washington signed into law that act created the Treasury Department, a move became crucial to America’s survival but also created a constitutional debate about federal powers that remains with us today.

How a hurricane brought Alexander Hamilton to America

August 31, 2018 By NCC Staff

How different would America have been without a hurricane that hit St. Croix in late August 1772? Without it, Alexander Hamilton may never have never shaped this country’s history.

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