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.
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?
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.
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.”
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.
A high school teacher and active re-enactor writes about teaching the Civil War and avoiding “the theory of absolutes.”
Is the Civil War a story we look at like rubber-neckers at a horrible car accident?
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.