On September 17, 1787, a group of men gathered in a closed meeting room to sign the greatest vision of human freedom in history, the U.S. Constitution. And it was Benjamin Franklin who made the motion to sign the document in his last great speech.
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.
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.
Our team of constitutional experts will be here from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on September 17 to answer all of your questions about the Constitution, the convention, landmark court decisions, live events happening at the Center, and more.
William Howard Taft is a truly unique American figure who led two branches of government, was a wrestling champion and the youngest Solicitor General in American history.
The date of September 13, 1788 isn’t celebrated as a major anniversary in American history, but it was a big day in the creation of our current form of constitutional government.
On September 12, 1958, a unanimous Supreme Court declined a Little Rock School District request to delay desegregation mandated by the Court’s Brown v. Board ruling by more than two years.
On September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks carried out against the United States would become the catalyst for at least two wars, dozens of new pieces of legislation, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, and a slew of court cases that would test the boundaries of the Constitution.
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.
President Gerald Ford’s pardon of Richard Nixon on this day in 1974 generated a national controversy, but in recent years, some of the pardon’s biggest critics have changed their tunes on the unprecedented move.