Black History Month & the Voting Rights Act of 1965

Black History Month & the Voting Rights Act of 1965

In recognition of Black History month, our new first floor display “Celebrating Black History Month and Protecting Voting Rights” focuses on the Voting Rights Act of 1965. A landmark piece of U.S. federal legislation passed during the Civil Rights Era, the...

16th Amendment

The 16th Amendment was ratified on February 3, 1913, empowering Congress to impose an income tax.  In 1894, Congress had attempted to pass an income tax, but it was struck down in a 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court in Pollock v. Farmers’ Loan & Trust, 157...

15th Amendment

The 15th Amendment was ratified on February 3, 1870, giving men of color and former slaves the right to vote.  Women generally did not have the right to vote until passage of the 19th Amendment in 1920.  Ratification of the 15th Amendment was seen as the last piece to...

U.S. Intelligence Community

See our fascinating new display in the library on the 16 intelligence agencies of the executive branch that are directed by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI).  The mission of the ODNI is to “lead intelligence integration [and to] forge...

40 Year of Title IX

On June 23, 1972, Congress passed the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, P.L. 92-318.  Popularly known as Title IX, it’s often thought of in relation to women’s athletics in schools and colleges.  However, there is no mention of sports in...

The Supreme Court and the Civil War

Check out our current display, “The Supreme Court and the Civil War,” which highlights some of the Court’s major decisions of the time.  Two habeas corpus cases are featured – Ex parte Merryman, 17 F. Cas. 144 (C.C.D. Md. 1861) (No. 9487)), and Ex parte...

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