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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?
A look at the colonial mindset and the actual events that led to the American Revolutionary War.
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.
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.
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.
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 10 Most Significant Founding Fathers
Learn all about the ten most significant founding fathers of the United States.
Why Was the Colony of Georgia Founded?
Learn more about the Georgia colony.
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.
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.
The Founding of Massachusetts Colony
Learn more about the Massachusetts colony.
How Rhode Island Colony Was Founded
Learn more about the Rhode Island colony.
What to Know About the Colonial Governments of...
Learn about the nature of colonial governments in the thirteen colonies.
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.
How New Hampshire Colony Was Founded
Founded in 1623 by John Mason, New Hampshire was a planned colony.
How Virginia Colony Was Founded
Learn more about the Virginia Colony founded by the London Company in colonial America.
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.
Industrial Revolution Inventors Chart
Use this Industrial Revolution chart to find the key events and dates of the Industrial Revolution.
Everything You Need to Know About the New...
Learn more about the New Jersey colony.
Significant Events of the Delaware Colony
Learn more about the Delaware colony which was founded in 1638.
What You Should Know about the North Carolina...
Learn more about the North Carolina colony.
How Connecticut Colony Was Founded
Learn more about the Connecticut colony which was founded in 1635/1636, one of America's thirteen colonies.
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 the Maryland Colony Was Founded
Learn more about the Maryland colony.
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.
American History Timelines - Wars with American...
This American History timeline focuses on American involvement in wars throughout its colonial and present-day history.
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)
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.
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
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.
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.
Significant Events of the Pennsylvania Colony
Learn more about the Pennsylvania colony.
Basic Facts You Should Know About the New York...
Learn more about the New York colony.
Basic Facts On the Founding of South Carolina
Learn more about the South Carolina colony.
Key Facts About Mount Rushmore
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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.
What Was the Triangle Trade?
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.
Characteristics of 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.
Salutary Neglect
Description of 'Salutary' Neglect as forwarded by Sir Robert Walpole.
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.
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.
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.
A Definition of Separation of Powers
What is the separation of powers according to the US Constitution? What is the origin of this idea?
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.
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.
Whose Faces Are on Mount Rushmore?
Whose faces are on Mount Rushmore? Read this FAQ to find out the answer.
President Pictures
Here are pictures of each of the presidents of the United States.
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.
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.
How Many Presidents Were Assassinated?
How many American presidents were assassinated? Find out with this FAQ about the American presidents.
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.
How Was the Mayflower Compact Created?
The Mayflower Compact was the primitive Constitution agreed to aboard the Mayflower in 1620. Learn more about this important document.
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.
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.
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.
Why Is the Constitution's Elastic Clause So...
What is the necessary and proper clause? Find out in this Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) about the Constitution.
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
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.
Discover the Major Events of William Taft's...
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Still Uncertain Events That Led to the...
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.
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
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.
15 Important Dates in the Timeline of Prohibition
While the 18th amendment took away the right of individual Americans to drink alcohol, its success was short lived.
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.
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.
How Many Amendments Does the Constitution Have?
How many amendments have been added to the Constitution? Find out in this Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) about the Constitution.
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.
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.
Lord Baltimore
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.
Fast Facts About Four-Term President FDR
Biographical fast facts about Franklin D Roosevelt, the thirty-second president of the United States.
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.
The 50 States and When They Were Admitted to...
This chart lists the dates on which each state was admitted into the United States.
What Does the 2nd Amendment Say?
The 2nd amendent. American History.
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.
Who Was the Youngest President of the United...
Who was the youngest president of the United States? Find out the answer with this FAQ.
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.
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.
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?
A Timeline of Important Events From 1601-1625
Use these American History Timelines to find the key events that happened in America's past. This timeline focuses on the years 1601-1625.
Inventor, Writer, Politician: The Life of...
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 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.
Currency Act of 1764
Read the text of the Currency Act of 1764, the which banned the use of paper money as legal tender in all colonies.
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 Top 10 Most Influential First Ladies
Dolley Madison,Sarah Polk,Abigail Fillmore,Caroline Harrison,Edith Wilson,Eleanor Roosevelt,Jaqueline Kennedy,Betty Ford,Rosalyn Carter, Hillary Clinton.
Declaration of Independence Quiz
Test your knowledge of the Declaration of Independence with this quiz.
Facts and Trivia About President George...
Brief biographical information about George Washington, the first President of the United States, who served from 1789 to 1797.
What Is 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.
6 Must-Know Facts About Jamestown
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.
Facts About Johns Adams That Will Make You...
Brief biographical information about about the second President of the United States, who served from 1797 to 1801.
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.
Get to Know the 43 Presidents of the US
Biographical fast facts about the Presidents of the United States.
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.
Plymouth Colony
Find out how the Pilgrims came to settle in Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620 with this overview of the Plymouth Colony.
Territories of the United States
Here is a chart presenting the territories of the United States, their capitals, and the years they were acquired.
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.)
7 Facts About the US Constitution
Want a quick overview of the facts surrounding the U.S. Constitution? Check out these fast facts.
Constitutional Convention
Here is a profile of the Constitutional Convention.
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.
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.
Important Facts About Thomas Jefferson
Brief biographical information about Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States.
Going to California: 49ers and the Gold Rush
Learn about the history of the California Gold Rush and what actually happened to John Sutter.
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.
10 Things to Know About Thomas Jefferson
Here are ten key facts to know about the third president, Thomas Jefferson.
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.
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.
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.
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 1626-1650.
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 Rules Changed Over Prisoner Exchange During...
Rules around captured soldier and prisoner exchange during the Civil War is quite fascinating. Read this article to learn more.
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.
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.
What Does the US Constitution Say About Slavery?
What does the Constitution say about slavery? Find out in this Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) about the Constitution.
The Six Best Civil War Movies You Need to Watch
Check out my top six picks for Civil War dramatic movies.
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.
Thanksgiving
Learn all about the American myths and realities of the celebration of Thanksgiving.
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.
A Timeline of North American Exploration: 1492...
Here is a timeline that shows the exploration of North America by Europeans between 1492 and 1600.
8 Important Facts About John F Kennedy
Brief biographical information about John F Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States. States.
Queen Anne's War
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.
Studying the Declaration of Independence
Here is an overview of the major events and actions that led to the creation of the Declaration of Indpendence. Page 2.
Bleeding Kansas: When the Fight Over Slavery...
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.
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
5 Popular Lincoln Assassination Conspiracy...
The first of three pages about Lincoln's death offers what's undisputed, as in introduction to unravelling the many mysteries and conspiracy theories.
Why Was the McCulloch v. Maryland Decision...
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.
How Did the US Respond to the 9/11 Attacks?
Read about the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
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.
Secession and the American Civil War
Here is an overview of the American Civil War. Learn about secession, the war, its aftermath, its major battles, and much more.
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.
Who Takes Over If the President Dies?
What is the order of presidential succession? When was it created? Find out with this quick overview.
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.
American History Timelines - 1600-1625
Use these American History Timelines to find the key events that happened in America's past. This timeline focuses on the years 1600-1625.
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.
Roger Williams
Learn more about Roger Williams, who founded the state of Rhode Island on the premise of separation of church and state.
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.
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.
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.
A Profile of James Madison
Learn about James Madison, fourth president of the United States and the Father of the US Constitution.
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.
Read the Full Text of the 14th Amendment
The 14th amendent was a key amendment in the history of civil rights.
Who selects the Supreme Court justices?
Who selects the Supreme Court justices? What method is used to first select and then confirm them to the United States Supreme Court?
Quotes from Theodore Roosevelt
Check out these quotes from Theodore Roosevelt, the twenty-sixth president of the United States.
Thanksgiving Fast Facts
Learn all about the American celebration of Thanksgiving with this quick list of facts.
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.
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.
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.
The Life and Presidency of Dwight D. Eisenhower
The life of career of Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces during World War II and the 34th president of the United States.
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