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Learn about the founding of each of the thirteen original colonies from this handy chart.
A look at the colonial mindset and the actual events that led to the American Revolutionary War.
Learn more about the effects of the fourteenth amendment through this 14th amendment summary. It answers the question: what is the fourteenth amendment.
Why did the Articles of Confederation fail? Find the answer to this and other Articles of Confederation questions here.
What were the main causes of World War I? Learn about how mutual defense alliances, imperialism, militarism, and nationalism all played a part.
What were the top five causes of the Civil War? The roots of the civil war were already there when the United States was first forming. Here is a detailed look at the five major causes of the Civil War.
Learn all about the ten most significant founding fathers of the United States.
Learn more about the Georgia colony.
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.
What were the top causes of the Great Depression in the United States? Here is a list of the top five causes of the Great Depression.
Learn more about the Massachusetts colony.
Learn more about the Rhode Island colony.
Learn about the nature of colonial governments in the thirteen colonies.
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.
Founded in 1623 by John Mason, New Hampshire was a planned colony.
Learn more about the Virginia Colony founded by the London Company in colonial America.
A period of individual spiritual awakening in colonial New England. Learn more about the history, the individuals involved, and its significance.
Use this Industrial Revolution chart to find the key events and dates of the Industrial Revolution.
Learn more about the New Jersey colony.
Learn more about the Delaware colony which was founded in 1638.
Learn more about the North Carolina colony.
Learn more about the Connecticut colony which was founded in 1635/1636, one of America's thirteen colonies.
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.
Learn more about the Maryland colony.
This informative chart gives quick reference information on the Presidents, Vice-Presidents, their terms of office and their political parties.
This American History timeline focuses on American involvement in wars throughout its colonial and present-day history.
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)
What is the Great Compromise? Find out in this Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) about the Constitution.
A list of the main compromises by the founding fathers to create the US Constitution, including how each state would be represented in Congress
The life, careers and accomplishments of the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt, from early childhood onward.
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.
Learn more about the Pennsylvania colony.
Learn more about the New York colony.
Learn more about the South Carolina colony.
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Introduction to the historical background and important people, events, and inventions of the Industrial Revolution in the United States. Page 1 of 2.
A specific trading pattern that existed in Colonial New England, which shipped rum to Africa for slaves that were then sold for molasses in the West Indies.
What were the characteristics of the New England colonies? Learn about the major characteristics of New England during the American colonial era.
Description of 'Salutary' Neglect as forwarded by Sir Robert Walpole.
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.
The life, career, accomplishments and assassination of the 16th president of the United States, who served during the Civil War.
A bulleted list of the thirteen colonies. The list includes colony name, year founded, and the founders of each of the colonies.
What is the separation of powers according to the US Constitution? What is the origin of this idea?
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.
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.
Whose faces are on Mount Rushmore? Read this FAQ to find out the answer.
Here are pictures of each of the presidents of the United States.
Theodore Roosevelt created this political party when he was denied the Republican Party's nomination for president in 1912.
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.
How many American presidents were assassinated? Find out with this FAQ about the American presidents.
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.
The Mayflower Compact was the primitive Constitution agreed to aboard the Mayflower in 1620. Learn more about this important document.
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.
Biographical fast facts and links to more info about US Presidents 1 - 10, from George Washington to John Tyler.
What was the order for ratification of the Constitution? Find out in this Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) about the Constitution.
What is the necessary and proper clause? Find out in this Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) about the Constitution.
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
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.
Learn more about the 27th president of the United States, William Howard Taft. This biography describes his early childhood through his career before the presidency to his time as president and his retirement.
Four United State Presidents have been assassinated, starting with Abraham Lincoln. Six more have been the target of assassination attempts.
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.
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.
Who is to blame for the Boston Massacre? Was it truly an act of tyranny or just an unfortunate event of history? Read the conflicting testimonies here.
Here are ten key and interesting facts to know about the second president of the United States
Learn more about America's fourth president, James Madison, with these ten essential facts. about his life and times as president.
While the 18th amendment took away the right of individual Americans to drink alcohol, its success was short lived.
Brief biographical information about the twenty-sixth President of the United States, who was in office from 1901 to 1909.
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.
How many amendments have been added to the Constitution? Find out in this Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) about the Constitution.
Here is a list of the top nine events in chronological order that would lead to the American Civil War.
George Washington was commander of the Continental Army and the first president of the United States, unanimously elected. Here are 10 interesting facts.
Both Lord Baltimores, first George and then Cecil Calvert, were the founders of the Maryland colony. They founded it as a place of religious tolerance. The Calverts were Catholics which resulted in their insistence of the separation of church and state and religious tolerance in the colony. Learn more about Lord Baltimore with this biographical sketch.
Biographical fast facts about Franklin D Roosevelt, the thirty-second president of the United States.
The life and career of the first president of the United States, and Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army during the American Revolution.
This chart lists the dates on which each state was admitted into the United States.
The 2nd amendent. American History.
A look at President Thomas Jefferson's motivations and the impact the Louisiana Purchase had on the United States.
Who was the youngest president of the United States? Find out the answer with this FAQ.
This U.S. Supreme Court case established the precedent of Judicial Review - the ability of the Judiciary Branch to declare a law unconstitutional.
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.
Why is the Magna Carta so important to the founding of the United States of America?
Use these American History Timelines to find the key events that happened in America's past. This timeline focuses on the years 1601-1625.
Here is an biography of Benjamin Franklin. His life as a scientist, writer, politician, elder statesmen, and diplomat was hugely significant in the history of America. Learn more about Benjamin Franklin here.
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.
Read the text of the Currency Act of 1764, the which banned the use of paper money as legal tender in all colonies.
The life and achievements of the second president of the United States, one of the Founding Fathers of the nation.
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Test your knowledge of the Declaration of Independence with this quiz.
Brief biographical information about George Washington, the first President of the United States, who served from 1789 to 1797.
The writ of habeas corpus is an important right given to American citizens. This writ means that normally individuals cannot be held without being brought before the court. Read more about this right and its definition here.
Here are six essential facts you should know about the early settlement in Jamestown, Va., from its founding to the removal of its royal charter.
Brief biographical information about about the second President of the United States, who served from 1797 to 1801.
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.
Biographical fast facts about the Presidents of the United States.
A look at Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States, from the Battle of New Orleans to the Indian Removal Act.
Find out how the Pilgrims came to settle in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 with this overview of the Plymouth Colony.
Here is a chart presenting the territories of the United States, their capitals, and the years they were acquired.
Here is a look at ten of the most significant American inventors during the 19th century, including Thomas Edison (phonograph, light bulb, movies etc.)
Want a quick overview of the facts surrounding the U.S. Constitution? Check out these fast facts.
Here is a profile of the Constitutional Convention.
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.
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.
Brief biographical information about Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States.
Learn about the history of the California Gold Rush and what actually happened to John Sutter.
Brief biographical information about James Madison, the fourth President of the United States and the father of the U.S. Constitution.
Here are ten key facts to know about the third president, Thomas Jefferson.
The life and career of the seventh president of the United States, covering his childhood, his career as soldier, lawyer, legislator, his presidency.
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.
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.
Use these American History Timelines to find the key events that happened in America's past. This timeline focuses on the years 1626-1650.
Scandals and the presidency seem to go together. Here is a list of the top 10 presidential scandals that occurred while a president was either running for office or serving as the president.
Rules around captured soldier and prisoner exchange during the Civil War is quite fascinating. Read this article to learn more.
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.
Use these American History Timelines to find the key events that happened in America's past. This timeline focuses on the War of 1812.
What does the Constitution say about slavery? Find out in this Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) about the Constitution.
Check out my top six picks for Civil War dramatic movies.
How did World War II begin? Why did America get involved? What were the major events in Europe, the Pacific, and in America at home during World War II? Read this overview to find the answer to thesse questions and more.
Learn all about the American myths and realities of the celebration of Thanksgiving.
A look at the key issues and basic facts about this significant election in American history.
Here is a timeline that shows the exploration of North America by Europeans between 1492 and 1600.
Brief biographical information about John F Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States. States.
Read the details of Queen Anne's War, one of the precursors of the French and Indian War that would have a huge impact on Colonial America.
Here is an overview of the major events and actions that led to the creation of the Declaration of Indpendence. Page 2.
Bleeding Kansas was the name given to the violence that occurred in the Kansas territory between 1854-58 when anti- and pro-slavery forces fought for control of the territory. Learn more about this event in American History.
Brief biographical information about Andrew Jackson, the Seventh President of the United States, who served from 1829-1837
The first of three pages about Lincoln's death offers what's undisputed, as in introduction to unravelling the many mysteries and conspiracy theories.
McCulloch v Maryland was a historic court case that established that the federal government has implied powers not spelled out in the U.S. Constitution.
Read about the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
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.
Here is an overview of the American Civil War. Learn about secession, the war, its aftermath, its major battles, and much more.
Use these American History Timelines to find the key events that happened in America's past. This timeline focuses on the years 1651-1675.
What is the order of presidential succession? When was it created? Find out with this quick overview.
Learn ten important things that you should know about John F. Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States.
Use these American History Timelines to find the key events that happened in America's past. This timeline focuses on the years 1600-1625.
Learn About William McKinley from his early childhood through his career before the presidency to his time as president and his assassination.
Learn more about Roger Williams, who founded the state of Rhode Island on the premise of separation of church and state.
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.
How many presidents died while serving as chief executive of the United States? Find out with this FAQ about the American Presidents.
Who was the oldest person to serve as president of the United States? Read this FAQ to find out the answer.
Learn about James Madison, fourth president of the United States and the Father of the US Constitution.
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.
The 14th amendent was a key amendment in the history of civil rights.
Who selects the Supreme Court justices? What method is used to first select and then confirm them to the United States Supreme Court?
Check out these quotes from Theodore Roosevelt, the twenty-sixth president of the United States.
Learn all about the American celebration of Thanksgiving with this quick list of facts.
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.
What presidential elections have been the most significant? Here is a list of the top ten presidential elections in American History.
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.
The life of career of Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during World War II and the 34th president of the United States.