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Top 5 Causes of the Great Depression
What were the top causes of the Great Depression in the United States? Here is a list, from the stock market crash of 1929 to widespread drought.
The Top 5 Causes That Led to World War I. Could...
What were the main causes of World War I? Learn about how mutual defense alliances, imperialism, militarism, and nationalism all played a part.
3 Requirements for Becoming President of the...
A natural born U.S. citizen who is at least 35 years old and has lived in the United States for at least 14 years (not necessarily consecutively)
5 Things That Caused the U.S. Civil War
What caused the Civil War? While slavery did have an important part to play, there were other causes that fed the fight between North and South. Here is a detailed look at the five major causes of the Civil War
10 Significant New Deal Programs
Here are the top ten New Deal programs created to help deal with the Great Depression. Learn about the key points for each of these major programs.
What You Should Know About the Articles of...
The Articles of Confederation was the first governmental structure unifying the 13 states after the American Revolution. Learn about why they failed.
Industrial Revolution Inventors Chart
Use this Industrial Revolution chart to find the key events and dates of the Industrial Revolution.
What Is the Fourteenth Amendment and What Does...
Learn more about the effects of the fourteenth amendment through this 14th amendment summary. It answers the question: what is the fourteenth amendment.
What Caused the American Revolution?
A look at the colonial mindset and the actual events that led to the American Revolutionary War.
Abraham Lincoln: Who Was the 16th President of...
The life, career, accomplishments and assassination of the 16th president of the United States, who served during the Civil War.
How Many Years Can a Person Be President in the...
A president of the United States can only be elected to two full terms, and is limited to serving for a total of 10 years in office.
Significant Events of the American Industrial...
Introduction to the historical background and important people, events, and inventions of the Industrial Revolution in the United States. Page 1 of 2.
Chart of the Thirteen Original Colonies - Basic...
Learn about the founding of each of the thirteen original colonies from this handy chart.
What You Should Know About Checks and Balances
The government of the United States was set up with three branches, each of which has specific powers designed to ensure no branch gains too much power.
5 Compromises That Were Key to Creating the US...
A list of the main compromises by the founding fathers to create the US Constitution, including how each state would be represented in Congress
Chart of the Presidents and Vice-Presidents of...
This informative chart gives quick reference information on the Presidents, Vice-Presidents, their terms of office and their political parties.
Find Out the Oldest President of the US
Who was the oldest person to serve as president of the United States? Read this FAQ to find out the answer.
Jefferson's Biggest Problem With the Louisiana...
A look at President Thomas Jefferson's motivations and the impact the Louisiana Purchase had on the United States.
How the US Wound Up With Two Legislative Bodies
What is the Great Compromise? Find out in this Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) about the Constitution.
President Pictures
Here are pictures of each of the presidents of the United States.
Timeline of the Events Leading to the American...
This timeline of the events leading to the American Revolution provides a comprehensive look at the causes of the Revolutionary War. Check it out today.
10 Key Facts to Know About James Madison
Learn more about America's fourth president, James Madison, with these ten essential facts. about his life and times as president.
What Does the 2nd Amendment Say?
The 2nd amendent. American History.
Who Were the Most Influential United States...
Who were the most influential Presidents of the United States? Who had the most influence or effected the nation to the greatest extent? This top ten list includes my picks.
How Many Presidents Were Assassinated?
How many American presidents were assassinated? Find out with this FAQ about the American presidents.
Learn About Theodore Roosevelt's Life and...
The life, careers and accomplishments of the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, from early childhood onward.
What happened in America Between 1850 and 1860?
Learn about what happened in America between 1851-1860. This uncertain period ended in Abraham Lincoln's election and South Carolina's secession.
The 6 Core Principles Behind the US Government
Here is an overview of the United States Government that explains the organization of the three branches and their interaction. It leads to further information for more in depth study.
What Are Requirements to Become a Supreme Court...
What are the requirements to become a Supreme Court justice? Read this faq to find out the answer.
The 10 Most Important Inventors of the...
Here is a look at ten of the most significant American inventors during the 19th century, including Thomas Edison (phonograph, light bulb, movies etc.)
How Many Justices Are on the Supreme Court?
Currently,there are nine Supreme Court justices on the United States Supreme Court.The number of justices is set by Congress and has varied from five to 10.
Fatal and Attempted Shootings of US Presidents
Four United State Presidents have been assassinated, starting with Abraham Lincoln. Six more have been the target of assassination attempts.
Federalism and the United States Constitution
Learn about the concept of federalism and how the United States of America was founded upon this idea.
American History Timelines - Wars with American...
This American History timeline focuses on American involvement in wars throughout its colonial and present-day history.
Key Facts About Mount Rushmore
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The Founding of Massachusetts Colony
Learn more about the Massachusetts colony.
Was Tecumseh's Curse a Coincidence or Something...
Every president from William Henry Harrison to John F. Kennedy who was elected in a year ending with a zero was assassinated or died in office.
Read the Full Text of the 14th Amendment
The 14th amendent was a key amendment in the history of civil rights.
Must Know Fast Facts About Abe Lincoln
Learn more about our sixteenth president, Abraham Lincoln with this brief list of fast facts and links to further information.
Who Was the Youngest President of the United...
Who was the youngest president of the United States? Find out the answer with this FAQ.
American History Timeline - 1626 - 1650
Use these American History Timelines to find the key events that happened in America's past. This timeline focuses on the years 1626-1650.
How Well Do You Know the First 10 US Presidents?
Biographical fast facts and links to more info about US Presidents 1 - 10, from George Washington to John Tyler.
What to Know About the Colonial Governments of...
Learn about the nature of colonial governments in the thirteen colonies.
10 Key Facts You May Not Know About George...
George Washington was commander of the Continental Army and the first president of the United States, unanimously elected. Here are 10 interesting facts.
The Importance of the Cotton Gin to American...
The cotton gin was invented by Eli Whitney on March 14, 1794. This page looks at the background, historical significance, and interesting facts about the cotton gin.
Who was the only president to serve on the...
Who was the only president to serve on the Supreme Court? This article answers this questions and provides further details about his time on the court..
10 Important Facts About President Andrew Jackson
A look at Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, from the Battle of New Orleans to the Indian Removal Act.
Why Was the Colony of Georgia Founded?
Learn more about the Georgia colony.
The 3 Requirements to Become a US Senator
The US Constitution lists three: at least 30 years of age, a US citizen for at least nine years, and a resident of the state the Senator represents.
Is Left-Handedness a Presidential "Thing"?
There have been eight left-handed presidents that we know of. However, this is not necessarily accurate because in the past left-handedness was discouraged.
Top 10 Most Influential First Ladies of the...
Dolley Madison,Sarah Polk,Abigail Fillmore,Caroline Harrison,Edith Wilson,Eleanor Roosevelt,Jaqueline Kennedy,Betty Ford,Rosalyn Carter, Hillary Clinton.
4 Presidents Who Did Not Win the Popular Vote
Which presidents were elected without receiving a plurality of the popular vote? In other words, which presidents won without winning the popular vote? Find out the answer with this FAQ about the American presidents.
Which State Seceded First During the American...
Here is a chart showing the order of secession from the Union. South Carolina was first on December 20, 1860. Tennessee was the 11th on June 8,1861
Facts and Trivia About President George...
This article provides a brief biographical information about George Washington, the first President of the United States, who served from 1789 to 1797
9 Key Events That Led to the American Civil War
Here is a list of the top nine events in chronological order that would lead to the American Civil War.
Everything You Need to Know About the New...
Learn more about the New Jersey colony.
A Profile of President Andrew Jackson
The life and career of the seventh president of the United States, covering his childhood, his career as soldier, lawyer, legislator, his presidency.
Strict Constructionists and the US Constitution
Find out what the early founding fathers felt about strict versus loose constructionist views interms of interpreting the Constitution.
What's the Social Contract Mean for the...
The idea of the social contract is one of the foundations of the American political system - that the state only exists to serve the will of the people.
The 10 Bloodiest Battles of the Civil War
The Battle of Gettysburg resulted in 51,000 casualties, the most during the Civil War. The second bloodiest was the Battle of Chickamaug with 34,624 dead.
How Virginia Colony Was Founded
Learn more about the Virginia Colony founded by the London Company in colonial America.
All About the Electoral College
Learn all about the electoral college, its purpose, and its role in electing US presidents.
Learn About the Life and Presidency of James...
James Garfield was the twentieth president of the United States. Learn about Garfield's early childhood, his career before the presidency, his presidency, and assassination.
What Plessy v. Ferguson Meant for Segregation...
Plessy v Ferguson was a Supreme Court decision that upheld the separate but equal doctrine. Learn more about this key court case with this profile.
Facts and Founding Dates for the 13 Colonies
A bulleted list of the thirteen colonies. The list includes colony name, year founded, and the founders of each of the colonies.
What Was the Platform of the Bull Moose Party?
Theodore Roosevelt created this political party when he was denied the Republican Party's nomination for president in 1912.
What Happened in America in the 1650s?
Use these American History Timelines to find the key events that happened in America's past. This timeline focuses on the years 1651-1675.
The 10 Most Significant Founding Fathers
Learn all about the ten most significant founding fathers of the United States.
Good-to-Know Facts About Theodore Roosevelt
Brief biographical information about the twenty-sixth President of the United States, who was in office from 1901 to 1909.
How Rhode Island Colony Was Founded
Learn more about the Rhode Island colony.
10 Things to Know About Andrew Johnson
Here are ten key things to know about Andrew Johnson and his time as president.
How Long Does a Supreme Court Justice Serve on...
The US Constitution states that once confirmed by the Senate, a justice serves for life. However, they may retire if they wish. They can also be impeached.
A Profile of George Washington, the 1st...
The life and career of the first president of the United States, and Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution.
Who Attended the Constitutional Convention?
Here is a profile of the Constitutional Convention.
10 Things You Need to Know About John Adams
Here are ten key and interesting facts to know about the second president of the United States
What You Should Know about the North Carolina...
Learn more about the North Carolina colony.
Important Facts About Thomas Jefferson
Brief biographical information about Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States.
Fast Facts About Andrew Jackson, America's 7th...
Brief biographical information about Andrew Jackson, the Seventh President of the United States, who served from 1829-1837
Everything You Need to Know About Colonial...
Want to find out about Colonial America? Here is an overview of the thirteen colonies and the important differences between the New England, Middle, and Southern Colonies.
The Importance of the Invention of the Steam...
James Watt invented the first reliable steam engine in 1775. Learn more about his invention and the importance of the steam engine in the industrial revolution.
Characteristics of the New England Colonies
What were the characteristics of the New England colonies? Learn about the major characteristics of New England during the American colonial era.
What Happened During the Great Awakening in...
A period of individual spiritual awakening in colonial New England. Learn more about the history, the individuals involved, and its significance.
Major Events During James Madison's Presidency
Brief biographical information about James Madison, the fourth President of the United States and the father of the U.S. Constitution.
A Profile of President JFK
The life of the 35th president of the United States, from his early childhood through to his time as president in a period some called Camelot.
Going to California: 49ers and the Gold Rush
Learn about the history of the California Gold Rush and what actually happened to John Sutter.
10 Things to Know About Thomas Jefferson
Here are ten key facts to know about the third president, Thomas Jefferson.
The 50 States and When They Were Admitted to...
This chart lists the dates on which each state was admitted into the United States.
Significant Events of the Delaware Colony
Learn more about the Delaware colony which was founded in 1638.
Democratic Party
The Democratic Party is one of the two major parties in the United States today. This profile looks at the origin, history, and major events of the Democratic Party.
8 Important Facts About John F Kennedy
Brief biographical information about John F Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States. States.
The Major Historical Events of William...
Learn About William McKinley from his early childhood through his career before the presidency to his time as president and his assassination.
A Biography of the 3rd President of the US:...
The life and career of the writer of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States, from his early childhood onward.
Who Were the Muckrakers?
Theodore Roosevelt coined the phrase muckrakers to describe journalists who exposed corruption and injustices in order to change society. Learn more..
Whose Faces Are on Mount Rushmore?
Whose faces are on Mount Rushmore? Read this FAQ to find out the answer.
Why Is the Marbury v. Madison Supreme Court...
This U.S. Supreme Court case established the precedent of Judicial Review - the ability of the Judiciary Branch to declare a law unconstitutional.
10 Essential Facts About John Quincy Adams
The sixth US president was the son of the second, and, after his presidency, both served in Congress and defended slave mutineers on the ship Amistad.
Get Quick Facts on Dwight Eisenhower
This article provides biographical fast facts about Dwight Eisenhower, the thirty-fourth president of the United States.
How Many Presidents of the US Were Democrats?
Which presidents were Democrats? Find out which american presidents were Democrats.
The Life, Presidency, and Accomplishments of...
Learn more about the 5th president of the United States, James Monroe including his childhood, career before the presidency, and his time as president
Fast Facts About Four-Term President FDR
Biographical fast facts about Franklin D Roosevelt, the thirty-second president of the United States.
Barack Obama's Life and Presidency
Learn about Barack Obama, the apparent president-elect of the United States. Read about his childhood, his career pre-presidency, and his campaign for president.
12 Years in Office: Major Events During FDR's...
The life and career and accomplishments of the 32nd president of the United States, who led America during the Great Depression and World War II.
american history timelines, key events,...
Use these American History Timelines to find the key events that happened in America's past. This timeline focuses on the years 1601-1625.
Ten Things to Know About John F. Kennedy
Learn ten important things that you should know about John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States.
Facts About Johns Adams That Will Make You...
This article provides biographical information about about the second President of the United States, who served from 1797 to 1801.
Basic Facts You Should Know About the New York...
Learn more about the New York colony.
Top 10 Things to Know About James K. Polk
Here are ten key facts to know about James K. Polk, the eleventh president of the United States.
What Happened During the Great Depression?
What was the Great Depression? What does it mean when people use this term? Here are the basics of this important time in America's past.
How New Hampshire Colony Was Founded
Founded in 1623 by John Mason, New Hampshire was a planned colony.
Effect of Railroads on the United States
Railroads had a huge impact on the development of America. This article takes a look at the effects of railroads on America.
How Many Presidents Have Died While in Office?
How many presidents died while serving as chief executive of the United States? Find out with this FAQ about the American Presidents.
How Connecticut Colony Was Founded
Learn more about the Connecticut colony which was founded in 1635/1636, one of America's thirteen colonies.
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Inspiring Life
Life of the leader of the Civil Rights Movement, who espoused non-violent protest against segregation, won the Nobel Peace Prize, and was assassinated in 1968.
10 Essential Facts to Know About Martin Van Buren
Learn ten important things that you should know about Martin Van Buren, the eighth president of the United States.
Miranda v. Arizona
Read the details of Miranda v Arizona, a Supreme Court decision that decided whether confessions made without the accused being informed of their fifth amendment rights were admissible.
Basic Facts On the Founding of South Carolina
Learn more about the South Carolina colony.
How the Maryland Colony Was Founded
Learn more about the Maryland colony.
Anne Hutchinson - New England Religious Leader
This profile looks at religious reformer Anne Hutchinson who was banished from the Massachusetts Bay Colony and helped found Portsmouth, Rhode Island.
10 Things to Know About James Monroe
Learn ten important things that you should know about the life and times of James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States.
Who Was James Monroe?
This article provides a brief biographical information about James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States who served from 1817 to 1825.
7 Facts About the US Constitution
Want a quick overview of the facts surrounding the U.S. Constitution? Check out these fast facts.
What Is Popular Sovereignty?
This states that the source of governmental power lies with the people. It is one of the six foundational principles upon which the US Constitution is built.
Fast Facts on James Buchanan
Biographical fast facts about James Buchanan, the fifteenth president of the United States.
10 Things to Know About William Henry Harrison
Learn ten important things that you should know about William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States.
How Well Do You Know President William McKinley?
Biographical facts about William McKinley, the twenty-fifth president of the United States.
Who Takes Over If the President Dies?
What is the order of presidential succession? When was it created? Find out with this quick overview.
A Timeline of the Events of the War of 1812
Use these American History Timelines to find the key events that happened in America's past. This timeline focuses on the War of 1812.
The Mexican War and Manifest Destiny
Learn more about the Mexican War and its role in America's quest to span from the Atlantic to the Pacific in this overview.
How the Compromise of 1850 Helped Delay the...
The Compromise of 1850 was a group of five bills that were intended to stave off sectional strife that would eventually lead to the United States Civil War.
Top 10 Things to Know About Franklin Pierce
Here are ten key facts to know about the fourteenth president, Franklin Pierce.
A Profile of James Madison
Learn about James Madison, fourth president of the United States and the Father of the US Constitution.
Which State Ratified the Constitution First?
What was the order for ratification of the Constitution? Find out in this Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) about the Constitution.
Top 10 Things to Know About Zachary Taylor
Here are ten key facts to know about the twelfth president, Zachary Taylor.
The Life and Presidency of Calvin Coolidge
Learn more about the 30th president of the United States, Calvin Coolidge. This biography describes his early childhood through his career before the presidency to his time as president and his retirement.
The Key Campaign Issues of the Election of 1800
A look at the key issues and basic facts about this significant election in American history.
New Deal Acronyms - Alphabet Soup and the New...
The programs of Franklin D. Roosevelt's New Deal can be very confusing. They are often called 'Alphabet Soup'. Use this reference page to know what all of the acronyms mean.
A Definition of Separation of Powers
What is the separation of powers according to the US Constitution? What is the origin of this idea?
A Profile of the John Adams, the 2nd President...
The life and achievements of the second president of the United States, one of the Founding Fathers of the nation.
The Historical Significance of Brown v. Board...
Brown v Board of Education was a Supreme Court decision that overturned the separate but equal doctrine which had been given legal standing with Plessy v Ferguson. Learn more about this key court case with this profile.
A Glimpse Into the Life and Presidency of...
Biographical information about the twenty-eighth president of the United States, in office from 1913 to 1921.
Samuel Adams
Profile of Samuel Adams. Samuel Adams was a leader in the revolutionary war movement in Massachusetts and one of America's founding fathers. This profile looks at his life and accomplishments.
Civil Rights in America: Boycotts, Sit-Ins, and...
Here is an overview of major civil rights legislation, supreme court cases, and activities of the 1950s and 1960s.
Ten Things to Know About Woodrow Wilson
The twenty-eighth president of the United States was the first to receive a PhD.He presided over World War I and won the Nobel Peace Prize.
Mapp v. Ohio
Mapp v Ohio was a Supreme Court decision that decided what would be done with evidence found during an illegal search and seizure. Learn more about this key case here.
George Washington
Here is an image of George Washington, the first president of the United States.
Background of the Missouri Compromise
The Missouri Compromise was a key factor in averting war in the early part of the 19th century. Learn more about this key act and its importance.
The Consequences of the Smoot-Hawley Tariff
What is the Smoot-Hawley Tariff? What effect did it have on the Great Depression? Find out the answer to these and more questions.
10 Things to Know About Warren G. Harding
Learn ten important things that you should know about Warren G. Harding who was elected the twenty-ninth president of the United States.
Alexander Hamilton and the National Economy
Learn about the huge impact that Alexander Hamilton had on the National Economy through the policies he implemented.
The 10 Most Significant US Presidential Elections
What presidential elections have been the most significant? Here is a list of the top ten presidential elections in American History.

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