April 25, 2017

Today in History: The Bill of Rights

Today in History–December 15–the Library of Congress features the Bill of Rights, ratified on this day in 1791. Learn more about the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution by reviewing the Today in History section, then click the links below for more Bill of Rights resources. The New United States of America Adopted the Bill of Rights, December 15, 1791 from America's Library Creating the United States: Bill of Rights (interactive online exhibition) The need for a Bill of … [Read more...]

Featured Image: Fall of Washington

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Today in History: The Federalist Papers

Today in History–October 27–the Library of Congress features the Federalist Papers, the first of which was published on this day in 1787. This series of essays, 85 in all, were published in newspapers under the name of Publius but were actually written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay. Their purpose, in essence, was to argue for the necessity of checks and balances in the new government. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section and accessing the resources linked to … [Read more...]

Today in History: The Burning of Washington

Today in History–August 19–the Library of Congress features the burning of the capital city by British troops during the War of 1812. On August 19, 1814 the British landed at Benedict, Maryland. Five days later, on August 24, British forces attacked Washington D.C., setting fire to many government buildings including the White House and the Capitol building (which housed the 3,000-volume Library of Congress at the time) before quickly moving on to Baltimore, Maryland. Learn more by visiting … [Read more...]