History Stories
CATEGORY: U.S. Constitution
How the Great Compromise Affects Politics Today
April 17, 2018

The Great Compromise was forged during the 1787 Constitutional Convention: Larger states wanted congressional representation based on population, while smaller states wanted equal representation. Read More

For Over 150 Years, U.S. Presidents Had No Term Limits
February 28, 2018

China’s decision to end presidential term limits has drawn international concern. Here’s how the U.S. came to adopt the convention. Read More

History’s Biggest Common Sense Moments
November 3, 2017

Experts discuss 11 times history could have gone off the rails...but didn't. Read More

Could Compromise Have Prevented the Civil War?
October 31, 2017

It’s not as if Congress didn’t try. Read More

How American Presidents Ended Up With the ‘Kingly’ Power to Pardon
August 24, 2017

Alexander Hamilton was strongly in favor of giving American presidents this 'kingly' power. But can a presidential pardon be overruled? Read More

The Strange Saga of the 27th Amendment
May 5, 2017

It was first proposed in 1789, but it took 200 years and a campaign by a Texas university student before it was finally ratified. Read More

After Pearl Harbor: The Secret Plan to Hide America’s Iconic Documents
December 2, 2016

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government undertook a secret operation to hide the Constitution, Declaration of Independence and other treasured American artifacts. Read More

How Shays’ Rebellion Changed America
August 26, 2016

Get the story behind the uprising that propelled the Constitutional Convention to form a stronger national government. Read More

7 Things You May Not Know About the Constitutional Convention
September 17, 2012

Explore seven surprising facts about the framers and the Constitutional Convention. Read More