Constitution Daily

Smart conversation from the National Constitution Center

On this day, the first African American sworn in as Supreme Court lawyer

February 1, 2019 By Sheldon Gilbert

On February 1, 1865—the same day President Lincoln signed sent the Thirteenth Amendment abolishing slavery to the states—John S. Rock was sworn in as the first African American lawyer admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court.

How to make a state? Three ways to redraw the U.S.A.

August 21, 2012 By Holly Munson

This month, a group of residents of Pima County, Arizona, launched a campaign to break away from Arizona and become the fifty-first state. What are the odds it succeeds?

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.

Congress and the Constitution’s 225th Anniversary

January 30, 2012 By Lee Hamilton

The Framers regarded Congress as so important they put it first, as Article I, Section 1. What was seen then as the keystone of republican government is now widely regarded as the “broken branch.”

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.

Avoiding absolutes and teaching the Civil War

May 16, 2011 By James Dunn

A high school teacher and active re-enactor writes about teaching the Civil War and avoiding “the theory of absolutes.”

The Civil War at 150: Still a house divided?

April 28, 2011 By David W. Blight

Is the Civil War a story we look at like rubber-neckers at a horrible car accident?

The trouble with Abraham Lincoln

April 19, 2011 By Dr. Steve Frank

As Adam Goodheart, author of the remarkable new book 1861: The Civil War Awakening, pointed out to a rapt, sell-out audience at the National Constitution Center this week, some criticize him for his repression of civil liberties and other downfalls.

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