Teachers – Suggested Readings and Activities

July 31st, 2014|

Next August, a landmark piece of legislation turns 50. The Voting Act of 1965, signed by President Lyndon B. Johnson, prohibits racial discrimination in voting. This month's installment of the National Constitution Center's Civics in Literature initiative features suggested readings and activities designed to teach students about the struggles faced by African Americans and women [...]

Afghan vet receives Medal of Honor

July 22nd, 2014|

Ryan M. Pitts, a former Army staff sergeant from New Hampshire, is the ninth living veteran of America's wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to receive the nation's highest honor for battlefield valor. Pitt's mission that day in June 2008 was to be his last before returning home from his second tour of Afghanistan. For the [...]

Liberty Bell Fascinating Facts

July 9th, 2014|

On July 8, 1776, popular legend says the Liberty Bell rang to symbolize America’s independence from Great Britain. But many “facts” about the Bell, such as the 1776 ringing,  are shrouded in mystery. For example, how did the Liberty Bell get its famous crack? Did it really ring on July 4, 1776? And where was [...]