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10 essential facts about Alexander Hamilton on his birthday

January 11, 2020 by NCC Staff

On this day in 1755 or 1757, Alexander Hamilton was born in the Caribbean. If you need a quick primer on Hamilton, here are the essential facts about him.

How Thomas Paine’s other pamphlet saved the Revolution

December 19, 2019 by NCC Staff

The publication of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense caused a sensation in early 1776 as it explained the need for freedom. But it was a second series of pamphlets published on December 19 of that year that inspired a huge American military victory.

On this day, The Boston Tea Party lights a fuse

December 16, 2019 by NCC Staff

On December 16, 1773, a group of Colonists destroyed a large British tea shipment in Boston harbor. So did this act of defiance light a fire that led to American independence within the next decade?

On this day, the Constitution’s other George is born

December 11, 2019 by NCC Staff

During the 1787 Constitutional Convention, two Georges commanded much attention at Philadelphia: George Washington and his Virginia neighbor, George Mason. In the end, Mason refused to sign the new Constitution, an act that led in part to the Bill of Rights becoming a reality.

Winston Churchill on why the American Constitution matters

November 30, 2019 by NCC Staff

On the anniversary of his birth, Constitution Daily looks back at what the British leader and author Sir Winston Churchill had to say about the American Constitution, which was quite a lot.

10 reasons why America’s first constitution failed

November 17, 2019 by NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1777 that the Articles of Confederation, the first American constitution, was sent to the 13 states for consideration. It didn’t last a decade, for some obvious reasons.

Benjamin Franklin’s last great quote and the Constitution

November 13, 2019 by NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1789 that Founding Father Benjamin Franklin wrote what was probably his last great quote, a saying about the Constitution and life that became true about five months later.

On This Day: The Stamp Act plants seeds of the Revolution

November 1, 2019 by Scott Bomboy

On November 1, 1765, the hated Stamp Act authorized by King George III went into effect in the colonies, despite months of protests. The act would be quickly repealed, but it started a series of events that led to the American Revolution.

Justice Kennedy awarded 2019 Liberty Medal

October 27, 2019 by NCC Staff

On October 27, 2019, the National Constitution Center awarded its 31st annual Liberty Medal to the Honorable Anthony M. Kennedy, Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, for his efforts to preserve, protect, and defend liberty by inspiring Americans of all ages to learn about the Constitution through civic education and civil dialogue.

On This Day: The first Federalist Paper is published

October 27, 2019 by Lana Ulrich

On October 27, 1787, the first of the Federalist Papers is published in support of the newly signed Constitution.

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