Constitution Daily

Smart conversation from the National Constitution Center

Join, Or Die: America’s first political cartoon

June 14, 2013 By Arielle Herskovits

Benjamin Franklin is arguably one of the most fascinating figures in American history. He was an author, printer, satirist, and political cartoon publisher.

What the Framers would say about the new marijuana state laws

November 9, 2012 By Amy E. Feldman

Amy Feldman looks at the bigger picture about the controversy over new marijuana laws in Washington and Colorado, and how the Founding Fathers would feel about them.

Happy Second of July? The story behind the battle for America's birthday

July 2, 2012 By Jenna Winterle Kehres

Here is the story of how the United States almost celebrated Independence Day on July 2nd.

Did the Magna Carta start the American Revolution?

June 15, 2012 By Donald Applestein Esq.

Did the American Revolution of 1776 really start on June 15, 1215 when the Magna Carta was signed in England?

The secret life of the Commerce Clause

April 4, 2012 By Carl Cecere

The want of a central authority over commercial affairs was one of the major weaknesses of the Articles of Confederation, and a central animating purpose behind the Constitutional Convention that convened in Philadelphia in the summer of 1787.

Say What?: "Imaginary beings called states"

October 7, 2011 By Holly Munson

In each installment of “Say What?” we offer a quick quote--be it wise, quirky, or otherwise memorable -- about the Constitution.

Weigh in on TIME's controversial Constitution issue

July 12, 2011 By NCC Staff

The July 4 issue of TIME magazine has stirred a hornet's nest of controversy. Here's your opportunity to tell us what you think.

My belated birthday wish list, by Martha Washington

June 29, 2011 By Karen Gross

Martha Washington had a thing for bling. Find out her favorite gems in this wish list for George.

Philadelphia or Boston: Who is the "Cradle of Liberty?"

June 24, 2011 By Gary B. Nash

Boasting about Philadelphia as the cradle of liberty is one thing; cradling liberty is another.

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