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The Constitutional Calendar ConSource
January
  • January 1: The Emancipation Proclamation

    On January 1st, 1863—in the middle of the Civil War—President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. This order declared that “all persons held as slaves” in rebellious southern Confederate states “shall be…forever free.”

February
March
April
May
  • May 7: The 27th Amendment

    “No law, varying the compensation for the services of the Senators and Representatives, shall take effect, until an election of representatives shall have intervened.”

  • May 16: Brown v. Board

    In 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that keeping children in “separate but equal” public schools was a violation of the Constitution.

June
July
  • July 6: 25th Amendment

    The 25th Amendment passed in 1965. It clarified rules of succession—what happens if the Presidency or Vice Presidency is vacated.

August
  • August 18: The 19th Amendment

    In 1920, the 19th Amendment declared, “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.”

September
October
November
December
  • December 18: Korematsu v. United States

    Shortly after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941, President Franklin Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, providing for the relocation of Japanese-Americans to internment camps in the name of national security.

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