This Day in History: The Constitution becomes the Law of the Land

On this day in 1788, the United States Constitution becomes the law of the land! Article VII of the Constitution provides that the document goes into effect with the “Ratification of the Conventions of nine States.” At the end of May 1788, eight states had ratified the document: Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, […]

This Day in History: Tench Coxe & the Second Amendment

On this day in 1755, Tench Coxe is born in Philadelphia. Was he a Patriot or a Loyalist? People weren’t so sure at first. But he rehabilitated himself—or at least his reputation—and later served in four presidential administrations. He also became an advocate of the right to bear arms. Perhaps it’s unsurprising, given his background. […]

This Day in History: Benjamin Franklin’s efforts to end slavery

On this day in 1775, America’s first abolitionist group is formed. Wait. What? Some of our Founders were trying to end slavery, even before the American Revolution? Yes, that’s right. Even during the early years of our country, some Americans were working to end slavery. The much-respected Benjamin Franklin was one of these individuals. Of […]

This Day in History: George Washington & the first presidential veto

On this day in 1792, George Washington issues his first presidential veto. The subject of vetoes had long been a touchy topic in the American colonies, so his action was a bigger deal than you might imagine. Before the American Revolution, vetoes could be used against the colonial assemblies in one of two ways: The […]