At Supreme Court, Corporations Misuse History in Cases on Agency Power

A pair of lawsuits claim that courts were a strong check against federal agency power in early America, but history shows otherwise.

A 'Hamilton'-esque Scandal Helped Give Trump his Cudgel

On the origins of the Insurrection Act, which allows the president to call on federal troops and state militias to put down insurrections.

Review: "The Common Cause: Creating Race and Nation in the American Revolution"

A new book argues that the Revolution was fueled by the racist propaganda of Patriot leaders.

When It Comes To Guns, Congress Has Always Been in the Pocket of Profit Chasers

How profit motives have driven two centuries of American gun laws.

Presidential Revisionism

The New York Times published the flimsiest defense of Trump’s apparent emoluments violations yet.

Fresh Takes on the Declaration of Independence

A new look at the Declaration of Independence from 24 scholars across the country.
Marine hospital

Sailors’ Health and National Wealth

That the federal government created this health care system for merchant mariners in the early American republic will surprise many.