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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 of the top five causes of the Great Depression.
5 Things That Caused the U.S. Civil War
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.
The Top 5 Causes That Led to World War I. Could...
Here are the the top events that led to World War 1.
Chart of the Thirteen Original Colonies - Basic...
Learn about the founding of each of the thirteen original colonies from this handy chart.
What Caused the American Revolution?
What caused the American Revolution? This article examines the colonial mindset and the actual events that led to the Revolutionary War.
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.
American History Timelines - Wars with American...
This American History timeline focuses on American involvement in wars throughout its colonial and present-day history.
You Should Know About the American Government's...
The government of the United States was set up with three branches, each of which has specific powers and specific checks that they can use to ensure that no one branch gains too much power. Here is a look at the checks and balances of the three branches of government.
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.
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.
The Top 10 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.
Abraham Lincoln: Who Was the 16th President of...
Read about Abraham Lincoln from his early childhood through his career before the presidency to his time as the 16th president of the United States.
Order of Secession During the American Civil War
Here is a chart presenting the order of secession during the American Civil War.
Overview of the Industrial Revolution
Learn about the background and important people, events, and inventions of the Industrial Revolution in the United States.
How many American presidents were assassinated?
How many American presidents were assassinated? Find out with this FAQ about the American presidents.
What are the Requirements to Become President?
What are the requirements to become President of the United States? Find out what the Constitution says you need to become president.
Top 9 Events that Led to Civil War
What were the major events that led to secession and the beginning of the Civil War? Here is a list of the top nine events that led progressively towards the Civil War. They are listed in chronological order.
Why did the Articles of Confederation fail?
Why did the Articles of Confederation fail? Find the answer to this and other Articles of Confederation questions here.
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Ten Bloodiest Civil War Battles
Which Civil War battles resulted in the most casualties for both the Union and Confederacy combined? This is a list of the ten worst civil war battles in terms of those wounded or killed.
Presidential Assassinations and Assassination...
Learn about each of the presidential assassinations and assassination attempts that have occurred in American history.
Definition of Habeas Corpus
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.
Going to California: 49ers and the Gold Rush
Learn about the history of the California Gold Rush and what actually happened to John Sutter.
The Presidents: The First Ten
Biographical fast facts about United States Presidents 1 - 10 (the first ten), from George Washington to John Tyler including Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and Jackson.
Industrial Revolution People, Inventions, and...
Here is an overview of the important people, inventions, and events of the American Industrial Revolution of the 19th century. Page 2.
John F. Kennedy - 35th President of the United...
Learn more about the 35th president of the United States, the charismatic John F. Kennedy. This biography describes his early childhood through his career before the presidency to his time as president in a period some called 'Camelot'.
Top 10 Founding Fathers
Who were the top ten founding fathers? Here is my picks for the top ten founding fathers who helped form the United States.
What's the Social Contract Mean for the...
The term social contract refers to the belief that government should be a contract between the people and the governing body. Learn more about this idea of the social contract and how it affected the founding of the United States with this glossary entry.
What Does the 2nd Amendment Say?
The 2nd amendent. American History.
Ten Things to Know About Andrew Jackson
Learn ten important things that you should know about Andrew Jackson, the seventh president of the United States.
Jefferson and the Louisiana Purchase
A look at President Thomas Jefferson's motivations and the impact the Louisiana Purchase had on the United States.
States and Their Admission to the Union
This chart lists the dates on which each state was admitted into the United States.
George Washington - First President of the...
Learn about George Washington, the first president of the United States. Read about his childhood, his career pre-presidency, and his time as president.
10 Things You Need to Know About John Adams
Here are ten key and interesting facts to know about John Adams.
How many Supreme Court Justices Are There?
How many Supreme Court justices are there? Find out the answer with this FAQ.
Compromise of 1850
The Compromise of 1850 was a group of five bills that were intended to stave off sectional strife that would eventually lead to the Civil War. Learn more about the background and content of these bills.
10 Key Facts You May Not Know About George...
George Washington was much more than the first president. Here are ten key facts to know about George Washington.
Georgia Colony
Learn more about the Georgia colony.
President Pictures
Here are pictures of each of the presidents of the United States.
Marbury v. Madison
Read this profile to learn about one of the key cases in US Supreme Court history: Marbury vs Madison. This case established the precedent of Judicial Review as a means to review the constitutionality of laws.
Andrew Jackson - 7th President of the United...
Biography of the 7th president, Andrew Jackson covering Andrew Jackson's childhood, his early career, his presidency and his retirement.
Brown v. Board of Education
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.
Fast Facts about Johns Adams That Will Impress...
Biographical fast facts about John Adams, the second President of the United States.
Overview of World War II
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.
What are the Requirements to Become a US Senator?
What are the requirements to become a US Senator.
Plessy v. Ferguson
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.
Massachusetts Colony
Learn more about the Massachusetts colony.
Franklin D. Roosevelt - 32nd President of the...
Learn more about the 32nd president of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt. This biography describes his early childhood through his career before the presidency to his time as president leading America through his New Deal and through World War II.
The Cotton Gin in American History
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.
The Six Best Civil War Movies You Need to Watch
Check out my top six picks for Civil War dramatic movies.
Is Left-Handedness a Presidential "Thing"?
Which presidents were left-handed? Find out which american presidents were left-handed.
15 Important Dates in the Timeline of Prohibition
The Prohibition Era was a time of strife and upheaval for many. While the 18th amendment took away the right of individuals to drink alcohol, its success was short lived. This timeline takes a look at the key events that occurred during the Prohibition Era in American History.
Separation of Powers
What is the separation of powers according to the US Constitution? What is the origin of this idea? Learn about the term separation of powers with this glossary entry.
10 Presidential Scandals You Should Know
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.
How long do Supreme Court Justices serve?
For how long do Supreme Court Justices serve? What is the length of their term? How can they be removed? This article takes a look at the length of time that Supreme Court Justices serve.
5 Popular Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy...
Numerous conspiracies surround the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Find information about each of the major conspiracies and an analysis of their plausibility. First look at the facts of the assassination.
Fast Facts About Andrew Jackson, America's 7th...
Biographical fast facts about Andrew Jackson, the Seventh President of the United States.
Theodore Roosevelt - Twenty-Sixth President of...
Learn more about the 26th president of the United States, Theodore Roosevelt. This biography describes his early childhood through his career before the presidency to his time as president and his retirement.
Rhode Island Colony
Learn more about the Rhode Island colony.
Franklin D Roosevelt Fast Facts
Biographical fast facts about Franklin D Roosevelt, the thirty-second president of the United States.
Who Was the Youngest President of the United...
Who was the youngest president of the United States? Find out the answer with this FAQ.
The Great Awakening
The Great Awakening was a period of individual spiritual awakening in colonial New England. Learn more about this period, the individuals involved, and its significance in Colonial America.
Fast Facts on Abe Lincoln: How Well Do You Know...
Biographical fast facts about Abraham Lincoln, the sixteenth President of the United States.
8 Important Facts About John F Kennedy
Biographical fast facts about John F Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States.
The Top 10 Most Influential First Ladies
Who were the ten most influential first ladies in American History? Which wives of the presidents had the largest impact or made the most changes to the position of first lady? This top ten list highlights our picks for the top ten most influential first ladies.
Invention of the Steam Engine
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.
Overview of United States Government and Politics
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.
George Washington Fast Facts
Biographical fast facts about George Washington, the first President of the United States.
Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Inspiring Life
Martin Luther King Jr was one of the main figures in the Civil Rights Movement. He was born in 1929 and eventually led and influenced millions through his espousal of non-violent protest against segregation and racial discrimination. King was assassinated in 1968. Learn more about this enigmatic and amazing person through this biography.
Top 10 Tips for Passing the AP US History Exam
The AP US History exam is one of the most popular Advanced Placement exams administered by the College Board. Here are my top ten tips for passing the AP US History exam.
Industrial Revolution Quiz
Test your knowledge of the Industrial Revolution with this quiz.
What Is Tecumseh's Curse?
Every president between William Henry Harrison and John F. Kennedy who has been elected in a year ending with a zero has been assassinated or died while in office. This has been called Tecumseh's Curse. Read to find out more.
10 Things to Know About James Madison
Here are ten key facts to know about the fourth president, James Madison.
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.
Territories of the United States
Here is a chart presenting the territories of the United States, their capitals, and the years they were acquired.
Dwight Eisenhower Fast Facts
Biographical fast facts about Dwight Eisenhower, the thirty-fourth president of the United States.
Who Was James Monroe?
Biographical fast facts about James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States.
Top 10 Significant Presidential Elections in...
What presidential elections have been the most significant? Here is a list of the top ten presidential elections in American History.
What was 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.
Bleeding Kansas
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.
Dwight D. Eisenhower - Thirty-Fourth President...
Learn more about the 34th president of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower. This biography describes his early childhood through his career before the presidency to his time as president and his retirement.
Benjamin Franklin Biography
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.
Famous Americans Killed in World War II
Find out which famous american actors and sports figures who were killed during World War II.
Thomas Jefferson Fast Facts
Biographical fast facts about Thomas Jefferson, the Third President of the United States.
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.
Richard Nixon Fast Facts
Biographical fast facts about Richard Nixon, the thirty-seventh president of the United States.
How Many Years Can a Person Serve as President...
How Many Years Can a Person Serve as President of the United States? Find the answer to this faq here.
Overview of the American Civil War - Secession
Here is an overview of the American Civil War. Learn about secession, the war, and its aftermath.
Which President's Faces are on Mount Rushmore?
Whose faces are on Mount Rushmore? Read this FAQ to find out the answer.
Thomas Jefferson Biography - Third President of...
Learn more about Thomas Jefferson, writer of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States. This biography ranges from his early childhood through his career before the presidency to his time as the 3rd president of the United States.
New Hampshire Colony
Learn more about the New Hampshire colony.
John Adams - 2nd President of the United States
Learn more about the 2nd president of the United States, John Adams. This biography describes his early childhood through his career before the presidency to his time as president and his retirement.
Triangle Trade
The triangle trade, or triangular trade, refers to a specific trading pattern that existed in Colonial New England. Learn more about the triangle trade here.
Which presidents were elected without winning...
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.
William McKinley - Twenty-Fifth President of...
Learn more about the 25th president of the United States, William McKinley. This biography describes his early childhood through his career before the presidency to his time as president and his retirement.
Ten Things to Know About Woodrow Wilson
Learn ten important things that you should know about Woodrow Wilson, the twenty-eighth president of the United States.
Popular Sovereignty
Here is a definition of popular sovereignty from About.com's American History site.
5 Compromises That Were Key to Creating the US...
The founding fathers worked together at the Constitutional Convention to create the US Constitution by agreeing to a number of compromises. Following is a list of the major compromises that helped make the US Constitution become a reality.
Lyndon B Johnson Fast Facts
Biographical fast facts about Lyndon B Johnson, the thirty-sixth president of the United States.
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.
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.
What You Should Know about the North Carolina...
Learn more about the North Carolina colony.
Virginia Colony
Learn more about the Virginia Colony founded by the London Company in colonial America.
What is the Great Compromise?
What is the Great Compromise? Find out in this Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) about the Constitution.
James Garfield - Twentieth President of the...
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.
Election of 1800 – Thomas Jefferson...
The election of 1800 was one of the most significant in American history for many reasons. This profile looks at the key issues and facts about this election.
Bull Moose Party
The Bull Moose Party was a political party created by Theodore Roosevelt when he was denied the Republican Party's nomination for president in 1912. Learn more about this party through this profile.
What is 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.
Top 10 Significant Industrial Revolution...
Want to know who the top ten significant American Industrial Revolution inventors were?
James Madison Fast Facts
Biographical fast facts about James Madison, the fourth President of the United States.
Atlantic Charter
The Atlantic Charter signed by President Franklin D Roosevelt and Winston Churchill established eight points to be followed in their vision of a post-World War 2 world.
Top Essentials to Know About the Vietnam War
Here are the essentials that you should know about the Vietnam War.
Theodore Roosevelt Fast Facts
Biographical fast facts about Theodore Roosevelt, the twenty-sixth President of the United States.
Connecticut Colony
Learn more about the Connecticut colony which was founded in 1635/1636, one of America's thirteen colonies.
Gary Powers and the U-2 Incident
Read about the event that increase tensions during the Cold War and provided the example for future relations between the U.S. and the U.S.S.R.
Harry Truman Fast Facts
Biographical fast facts about Harry Truman, the thirty-third president of the United States.
Harry S Truman - Thirty-Third President of the...
Learn more about the 33rd president of the United States, Harry S Truman. This biography describes his early childhood through his career before the presidency to his time as president and his retirement.
Lyndon B. Johnson - Thirty-Sixth President of...
Learn more about the 36th president of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson. This biography describes his early childhood through his career before the presidency to his time as president and his retirement.
10 Things to Know About John Quincy Adams
Learn ten important things that you should know about John Quincy Adams, the sixth president of the United States.
First Battle of Bull Run
Want the fast facts about the First Battle of Bull Run also called the Firsts Battle of Manassas? Learn about the battle, its outcome, and its significance.
Battle of Shiloh
Want the fast facts about the Battle of Shiloh? Learn about the battle, its outcome, and its significance.
McCulloch v. Maryland
McCulloch v Maryland was a historic court case that allowed for implied powers of the federal government. This case allowed the powers of the federal government to evolve.
Woodrow Wilson Fast Facts
Biographical fast facts about Woodrow Wilson, the twenty-eighth president of the United States.
American History Timelines - The Manhattan...
Use these American History Timelines to find the key events that happened in America's past. This timeline focuses the Manhattan Project.
The Debate Over War with Iraq
The reason for and against war with Iraq.: iraq saddam rogue element world of the future saddam hussein divisive issue
Battle of Gettysburg
Want the fast facts about the Battle of Gettysburg? Learn about the battle, its outcome, and its significance.
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.
The Thirteen Colonies
A bulleted list of the thirteen colonies. The list includes colony name, year founded, and the founders of each of the colonies.
Overview of Civil Rights Legislation, Supreme...
Here is an overview of major civil rights legislation, supreme court cases, and activities of the 1950s and 1960s.
James K. Polk - Eleventh President of the...
Learn more about the 11th president of the United States, James K. Polk. This biography describes his early childhood through his career before the presidency to his time as president and his retirement.
Ronald Reagan Fast Facts
Biographical fast facts about Ronald Reagan, the fortieth president of the United States.
Jimmy Carter Fast Facts
Biographical fast facts about Jimmy Carter, the thirty-ninth president of the United States.
Significant Events of the Delaware Colony
Learn more about the Delaware colony which was founded in 1638.
What to Know About the Colonial Governments of...
Learn about the nature of colonial governments in the thirteen colonies.
How many presidents died while serving in office?
How many presidents died while serving as chief executive of the United States? Find out with this FAQ about the American Presidents.
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.
George H W Bush Fast Facts
Biographical fast facts about George H W Bush, the forty-first president of the United States.
The Boston Massacre
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.
James Madison - 4th President of the United...
Learn more about the 4th president of the United States, James Madison. This biography describes his early childhood through his career before the presidency to his time as president and his retirement.
Why is the Magna Carta seen as a key document...
Why is the Magna Carta so important to the founding of the United States of America?
14th Amendment
The 14th amendent was a key amendment in the history of civil rights.
Herbert Hoover - Thirty-First President of the...
Learn more about the 31st president of the United States, Herbert Hoover. This biography describes his early childhood through his career before the presidency to his time as president and his retirement.
Seneca Falls Convention
Learn about the Seneca Falls Convention which many historians cite as the beginning of the women's movement in America.
10 Things 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.
The American Presidents
Biographical fast facts about the Presidents of the United States.
Warren G Harding Fast Facts
Biographical fast facts about Warren G Harding, the twenty-ninth president of the United States.
Ulysses S Grant Fast Facts
Biographical fast facts about Ulysses S Grant, the eighteenth president of the United States.
American History Timeline
Use these American History Timelines to find the key events that happened in America's past. This timeline focuses on the years 1601-1625.
William Henry Harrison Fast Facts
Biographical fast facts about William Henry Harrison, the Ninth President of the United States.

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