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PA joins movement for civics education

September 28th, 2016|

http://pittsburgh.cbslocal.com/2016/09/27/pa-lawmaker-wants-high-school-students-to-pass-civics-test-to-graduate/ Have you taken the test?

This day in history… another Roosevelt?

January 6th, 2016|

Our friends at the National Constitution Center posed another interesting question. What if another Roosevelt was on the upcoming ticket instead? Read about it here.

For National Trivia Day: 10 Founding Fathers tidbits

January 4th, 2016|

Can you handle the truth about the Founders and the Constitution? From the vault of our Constitution Daily blog, here are 10 factoids that will impress your constitutionally minded and history loving friends! 1. Were the Constitution and Declaration written on paper made of hemp? The two great documents were written on parchment. The point [...]

On this day in 1810,

October 19th, 2015|

the abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay was born. Clay, son of Kentucky slave-owners, was inspired by abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to launch a lifelong crusade to end slavery. After graduating from Yale University, Clay returned to central Kentucky—a slave state—and took up life as a politician, soldier and newspaper editor. His anti-slavery views were so controversial [...]

Fannie Lou Hamer risked her life to vote

October 6th, 2015|

On this day in 1917, the Mississippi civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer was born. Hamer was the granddaughter of a slave and the youngest of twenty children born to Mississippi sharecroppers. She began picking cotton at age six. On August 31, 1962, she and seventeen others decided it was time for a change. They [...]

Looking at 10 great speeches in American History

September 2nd, 2015|

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech certainly ranks highly in the pantheon of public speaking. Here is a look at the Dream speech and other addresses that moved people – and history. In 1999, a survey of 137 public speaking and political scholars ranked the 100 most-important political speeches of the [...]

Happy Birthday 19th Amendment

August 26th, 2015|

Today, we celebrate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment (ratified on August 18, 1920). Here’s what you need to know:   The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have power to enforce [...]

Eight States Add Citizenship Test as Graduation Requirement

August 19th, 2015|

Eight states—Arizona, Idaho, Louisiana, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin—passed laws in 2015 that require students to pass some version of the test given to immigrants applying to become naturalized U.S. citizens in order to graduate from high school, according to a recent article in The New Yorker. And the Joe Foss Institute, [...]

It was 250 years ago today: the Sons of Liberty take over Boston

August 14th, 2015|

There were a lot of events that led to American Independence, but it was 250 years ago today that the seeds of revolution were planted in an angry Boston, when protesters let their feelings known about unjust taxes. On August 14, 1765, outrage boiled over in the city. Protesters organized as the “Sons of Liberty” [...]

Eighth-graders have shown no improvement in four years….

August 11th, 2015|

U.S. eighth-graders have shown no improvement in four years in their knowledge of history, geography and civics, as evidenced by the results of a national test administered by the National Assessment of Educational Progress called the 2014 Nation’s Report Card. The NAEP test included a representative sample comprised of 29,000 eighth-graders across the country, in [...]