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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
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 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.
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.
Chart of the Thirteen Original Colonies - Basic...
Learn about the founding of each of the thirteen original colonies from this handy chart.
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.
Industrial Revolution Inventors Chart
Use this Industrial Revolution chart to find the key events and dates of the Industrial Revolution.
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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
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.
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
American History Timelines - Wars with American...
This American History timeline focuses on American involvement in wars throughout its colonial and present-day history.
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.
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.
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.
Key Facts About Mount Rushmore
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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.
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.
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.
Why Was the Colony of Georgia Founded?
Learn more about the Georgia colony.
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.
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.
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.
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 to Know About the Colonial Governments of...
Learn about the nature of colonial governments in the thirteen colonies.
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 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.
The Founding of Massachusetts Colony
Learn more about the Massachusetts colony.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Rhode Island Colony Was Founded
Learn more about the Rhode Island colony.
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.
The 10 Most Significant Founding Fathers
Learn all about the ten most significant founding fathers of the United States.
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
Everything You Need to Know About the New...
Learn more about the New Jersey colony.
How Virginia Colony Was Founded
Learn more about the Virginia Colony founded by the London Company in colonial America.
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.
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.
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.
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.
What Does the 2nd Amendment Say?
The 2nd amendent. American History.
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.
How Many Presidents Were Assassinated?
How many American presidents were assassinated? Find out with this FAQ about the American presidents.
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.
President Pictures
Here are pictures of each of the presidents of the United States.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
How New Hampshire Colony Was Founded
Founded in 1623 by John Mason, New Hampshire was a planned colony.
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
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 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.)
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.
Basic Facts You Should Know About the New York...
Learn more about the New York colony.
Whose Faces Are on Mount Rushmore?
Whose faces are on Mount Rushmore? Read this FAQ to find out the answer.
What Happened During the Battle of Antietam?
Want the fast facts about the Battle of Antietam? Learn about the battle, its outcome, and its significance.
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?
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.
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.
Basic Facts On the Founding of South Carolina
Learn more about the South Carolina colony.
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.
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.
How Connecticut Colony Was Founded
Learn more about the Connecticut colony which was founded in 1635/1636, one of America's thirteen colonies.
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.
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.
How the Maryland Colony Was Founded
Learn more about the Maryland colony.
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.
Going to California: 49ers and the Gold Rush
Learn about the history of the California Gold Rush and what actually happened to John Sutter.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Significant Events of the Pennsylvania Colony
Learn more about the Pennsylvania colony.
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 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.
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.
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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
Important Facts About Thomas Jefferson
Brief biographical information about Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States.
Who Was James Monroe?
Brief biographical information about James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States.
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.
Who Takes Over If the President Dies?
What is the order of presidential succession? When was it created? Find out with this quick overview.
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 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 Reconstruction Plans of Congress and the...
What were the major events of reconstruction? What was reconstruction all about? Learn about this fascinating era in American History.
10 Things to Know About James Monroe
Learn ten important things that you should know about James Monroe, the fifth president of the United States.
Industrial Revolution Quiz
Test your knowledge of the Industrial Revolution with this quiz.
How Sherman's March Led to the End of the Civil...
Want the fast facts about Sherman’s March to the Sea? Learn about the battle, its outcome, and its significance.
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.
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 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
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.
The Six Best Civil War Movies You Need to Watch
Check out my top six picks for Civil War dramatic movies.
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.
8 Important Facts About John F Kennedy
Brief biographical information about John F Kennedy, the thirty-fifth president of the United States. States.
Get to Know the 43 Presidents of the US
Biographical fast facts about the Presidents of the United States.
10 Things to Know About Andrew Johnson
Here are ten key things to know about Andrew Johnson and his time as president.
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.
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.
10 Things to Know About Thomas Jefferson
Here are ten key facts to know about the third president, Thomas Jefferson.
Siege of Vicksburg
Want the fast facts about the Siege of Vicksburg? Learn about the battle, its outcome, and its significance.
A Profile of James Madison
Learn about James Madison, fourth president of the United States and the Father of the US Constitution.
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.
Must-Know Fast Facts About Abe Lincoln
Brief biographical information about the sixteenth President of the United States.
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.
The First Day of the Battle of Gettysburg: What...
Read about Day one of the Battle of Gettysburg that occurred during the American Civil War on July 1, 1863.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
How Many Presidents of the US Were Democrats?
Which presidents were Democrats? Find out which american presidents were Democrats.
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.
Constitutional Convention
Here is a profile of the Constitutional Convention.
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 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.
Salutary Neglect
Description of 'Salutary' Neglect as forwarded by Sir Robert Walpole.
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.
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.
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.
Read the Full Text of the 14th Amendment
The 14th amendent was a key amendment in the history of civil rights.
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.
Scott v. Stanford - Court Case of Scott v....
Scott v. Stanford was a historic court case that impacted the condition of slavery. The court case struck down the Missouri Compromise and the Kansas-Nebraska Act.
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.
Fast Facts About Four-Term President FDR
Biographical fast facts about Franklin D Roosevelt, the thirty-second president of the United States.
What Was the Significance of the Battle of...
Want the fast facts about the Battle of Gettysburg? Learn about the battle, its outcome, and its significance.
What Were the Results of the Lincoln-Douglas...
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates were key in getting Abraham Lincoln noticed by the Republican Party. Learn all about the Lincoln-Douglas debates with this article from your About.com Guide.
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.
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 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.
Get to Know the 12th President, Zachary Taylor
Learn more about the 12th president of the United States, Zachary Taylor. This biography details his childhood through his time as president.
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.
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