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Drew Gilpin Faust on the Civil War: The work of death

May 9, 2012 By Drew Gilpin Faust

Even though "we all have our dead," and even though we all die, we do so differently from generation to generation and from place to place.

Tax holiday inspired by freedom

April 16, 2012 By Harold Holzer

Americans are enjoying a brief tax holiday this year–filings are not due until April 17–and credit for the postponement goes to an unexpected hero: none other than Abraham Lincoln.

The Contents of Lincoln’s Pockets

April 13, 2012 By Erin McLeary

A visitor to the Library of Congress can choose to examine any of over 123,000,000 books, newspapers, maps, photographs, prints, pieces of sheet music, sound recordings, and manuscripts.

Two cheers for the presidency

February 20, 2012 By Akhil Amar

As America remembers her greatest presidents, it’s worth reflecting on the presidency itself, both to celebrate its glories and to ponder its glitches.

The Great Emancipator: Abraham Lincoln…or Martin Luther King, Jr.?

February 20, 2012 By Malcolm Lazin

In the fictional “Killing Lincoln,” Bill O’Reilly touts Lincoln as our best president. In part, that accolade is based on the perception of Lincoln as the Great Emancipator.

Conversation: Emancipation Proclamation [VIDEO]

February 6, 2012 By NCC Staff

Exhibit Developer Sarah Winski and Registrar Stephanie Weiner share insights and information about the National Constitution Center's rare printing of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Abraham Lincoln.

Why is Feb. 1 designated as National Freedom Day?

January 31, 2012 By Matthew Pinsker

The story of this unknown holiday begins with a bit of presidential trivia but soon turns into a fascinating tale about a most extraordinary slave-turned-citizen.

James Buchanan’s presidential senioritis

January 27, 2012 By Benjamin Brown

On the eve of the Civil War, President James Buchanan was like a high school student with a bad case of senioritis. Buchanan could not wait to leave office.

Constitutional Astrology: Presidential Aquarians

January 24, 2012 By Sayeh Hormozi

Although resolute, Aquarians are an incredibly open-minded and honest bunch. They are not afraid to reconsider their strongly-held opinions when they receive evidence that they have perhaps made a mistake.

Constitution Daily's Top 10 Posts of 2011 [VIDEO]

December 25, 2011 By NCC Staff

We made this list and checked it twice. Here are the Top 10 staff-written stories we were proud to share with Constitution Daily readers over the past year.

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