Constitution Daily

Smart conversation from the National Constitution Center

Redcoats in the house? Some myths behind the Third Amendment

March 24, 2019 By Abigail Perkiss

Could British troops evict colonists from their homes, eat their food and use their facilities? That’s not exactly true, even though generations of students have heard that story in relation to the Third Amendment.

On this day, Patrick Henry’s most-famous quote

March 23, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On March 23, 1775, Patrick Henry signaled the coming revolution when he spoke at a Virginia convention and allegedly implored: “Give me liberty, or give me death!”

Has the time come to shut down the Electoral College?

March 22, 2019 By Lyle Denniston

Constitution Daily contributor Lyle Denniston looks at the current debate over the Electoral College and why history, as well as contemporary politics, may be stacked against its elimination.

The seeds of Revolution: The Stamp Act protests in Boston

March 22, 2019 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1765 that the British Parliament signed the Stamp Act, a move that lit the fuse for a revolution in the American colonies that burned for a decade.

Packing the Supreme Court explained

March 20, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

Senator Marco Rubio plans to propose a new constitutional amendment to permanently limit the Supreme Court to nine Justices. While Rubio faces a difficult task, the effort does raise some questions.

Thomas McKean: A Founding Father with a double life

March 19, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

Thomas McKean was a President before George Washington and supported judicial review before John Marshall. But today, McKean is mostly forgotten in the discussion about Founders who had a significant impact on the Constitution and the early Supreme Court.

Supreme Court accepts four cases for its next term

March 18, 2019 By Scott Bomboy

On Monday, the Supreme Court said it will hear arguments in four new cases after October 2019, including an appeal about the sentence of D.C. sniper Lee Boyd Malvo and an immigration-related identify fraud dispute in Kansas.

10 fascinating facts about Grover Cleveland, the only double President

March 18, 2019 By NCC Staff

Grover Cleveland stands alone in American history as the only President to serve non-consecutive terms. On the anniversary of his birth, here’s a look at one of most fascinating White House occupants.

On This Day:  You have a right to an attorney

March 18, 2019 By NCC Staff

It was on this day in 1963 that the Supreme Court handed down the Gideon decision, which guaranteed the rights of the accused to have a public defender in court.

A salute to the four Founding Fathers born in Ireland

March 17, 2019 By NCC Staff

When the Constitutional Convention met in Philadelphia in 1787, half of its foreign-born delegates were born in Ireland. For St. Patrick’s Day, here’s a look at these forgotten figures.

Sign up for our email newsletter