August 23, 2019

Today in History: Fourteenth Amendment

Today in History–July 28–the Library of Congress features the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. On this date in 1868, Secretary of State William Seward issued a proclamation certifying the ratification of the amendment. The 14th amendment granted citizenship to "all persons born or naturalized in the United States", including former slaves freed after the Civil War. Referred to as one of the "Reconstruction Amendments", this amendment also prohibits states … [Read more...]

Featured Source: The constitutional amendment

What emotion does this poster tap into? Why do you think that? Who is the audience for this primary source? How do you know? Do  you think this poster was effective with its target audience? Why or why not? What other observations, reflections or questions does this source inspire? Let us know! … [Read more...]

Today in History: Tax Day

Today in History–April 15–the Library of Congress features tax day, the day on which income taxes are usually due each year. Although the United States raised revenue through taxes from the beginning—early taxes were levied on whiskey and tobacco—income tax was first levied from 1862-1872. It was again instituted in 1894 for a year before the Supreme Court ruled the congressional levy unconstitutional.  It would not be levied annually until after the passage of the 16th amendment in 1913. Learn … [Read more...]

Today in History: Susan B. Anthony

Today in History–March 8–the Library of Congress features Susan B. Anthony, who addressed Congress on the right of women to vote on this day in 1884. It was the sixteenth time woman suffrage supporters appeared before Congress but it would take decades more until women finally earned the constitutional right to vote. Learn more by visiting the Today in History section, then clicking the links below. Susan B. Anthony Supports Women's Suffrage Amendment from America's Library Susan B. … [Read more...]