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Dred Scott v. Sandford

The 1857 Supreme Court case Dred Scott v. Sandford inflamed sectional tensions over slavery and propelled the United States toward…

Sep 6

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Article IV of the Constitution

A deep dive into Article IV of the Constitution, which lays out how federalism, the system of shared governance between states and…

Sep 6

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On this day, we added the 50th state

Hawaii joined the Union on this day in 1959, an act that remains historically significant but not without controversy.

Aug 21

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The Alaska purchase: Folly or good fortune?

On this day in 1867, United States Secretary of State William Seward signed a deal acquiring Alaska, an agreement that was…

Mar 30

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The last time Congress created a new state

On March 12, 1959, Congress approved Hawaii for admission to the union as the 50th state, marking the last time statehood was…

Mar 12

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The man who delivered California to the U.S., and was fired for it

On March 10, 1848, the Senate approved a treaty that led to California and much of the Southwest joining the United States. But…

Mar 10

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Marbury v. Madison: The Supreme Court claims its power

In an act of “judicial jujitsu,” the Supreme Court issued its decision in Marbury v. Madison on February 24, 1803,…

Feb 24

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On the day, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo is signed

On February 2, 1848 the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo was signed in Mexico without President James K. Polk’s knowledge. The United…

Feb 2

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California three-state plan faces major legal, political hurdles

On Tuesday, California’s secretary of state announced that enough petition signatures were certified to place an initiative on…

Jun 13

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State judges have been impeached, but very rarely

At least three elected officials in Pennsylvania have mentioned the topic of impeaching and removing five state supreme court…

Feb 26

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Could Texas secede from the United States, if it wanted to?

The upcoming Republican state convention in Texas may consider the topic of the state's secession from the United States. Here's a…

May 2

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Constitution Check: Who is right about Puerto Rico’s self-governing status?

Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at the Justice Department’s stance…

Dec 29

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The Slaughterhouse Cases: Interpreting the Reconstruction Amendments

A narrow reading of the 14th Amendment's Privilege or Immunities Clause altered the trajectory of constitutional law.

Oct 19

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Constitution Check: Is Puerto Rico just a colony under Congress’s control?

Lyle Denniston, the National Constitution Center’s constitutional literacy adviser, looks at a case about Puerto Rico’s…

Oct 2

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An Expert Guide to America’s Constitutional Landscape

Does America’s Constitution look slightly different in California than it does in Kansas?

May 4

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Plan to split California into six states a long shot at best

There’s a lot of buzz on the Internet today about a possible upcoming voter referendum to divide California into six states. But…

Jul 16

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Article IV: States' Relations

Article IV of the Constitution outlines the duties states have to each other, and the duties the federal government has to the…

Feb 21

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So you want to form your own state? It may take a while

Voters in five Colorado counties said on Tuesday they want to form their own state. But the breakaway regions face almost…

Nov 7

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The problem with judicial elections

Lincoln Caplan looks at the conflict between the need for fair courts and the requirement for judges within states to run for…

Nov 4

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