Constitution Daily

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Looking at America’s forgotten War of 1812

June 18, 2019 By NCC Staff

On June 18, 1812, President James Madison signed a resolution, approved in Congress, declaring war against Great Britain. Over the next two and half years, both sides engaged in bitter contests, and the war ended with much unchanged between the two countries.

The origins of the Memorial Day holiday

May 27, 2019 By NCC Staff

For many people, Memorial Day is the symbol of summer’s start. What’s lost to some today is its original meaning - and day.

The Mexican-American war in a nutshell

May 13, 2019 By NCC Staff

Mid-May marks two key anniversaries in the conflict between the United States and Mexico in that set in motion the Civil War—and led to California, Texas, and eight other states joining the Union.

Semper Fi! Happy birthday to the Marine Corps

November 10, 2018 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1775 that the Continental Congress officially created the Marines to lead the fight “on land and at sea” for independence from the British.

On this day, FDR approves funding the Manhattan Project

October 9, 2018 By NCC Staff

On this day in 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt orders Dr. Vannevar Bush to move forward with a top-secret project that led to the world's first atomic bombs. Over the following four years, the Manhattan Project was shrouded in secrecy, despite more than 100,000 people working on it.

Transgender-in-military fight moves up in the courts

December 12, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

Still insisting that the Pentagon will not be ready to accept transgender recruits into the military on January 1, the Trump Administration moved to a higher federal court late on Monday to seek a postponement.

Military soon open to transgender recruits

December 12, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

In three weeks, transgender individuals seeking to enlist in U.S. military forces may start joining up.  The Pentagon made that announcement Monday within hours after a federal judge refused the Trump Administration’s request to put such enlistments on hold.

Marine general seeks release, tests conviction

November 2, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

A Marine Corps general, being held prisoner in his own apartment at the Navy base at Guantanamo Bay after being convicted of contempt of a military court, asked a civilian federal judge in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to order his immediate release.

Guantanamo case turmoil deepens; general in contempt

November 1, 2017 By Lyle Denniston

The war crimes tribunal system at Guantanamo Bay, often troubled throughout its years in operation, became embroiled Wednesday in a high-stakes confrontation between a colonel and a general, with the general getting punished for contempt of the colonel’s court.

Video: Ken Burns and Lynn Novick talk about the Vietnam War

October 13, 2017 By NCC Staff

Filmmakers Ken Burns and Lynn Novick discuss their visceral, immersive documentary on the Vietnam War in a special National Constitution Center event.

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