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Tell me about Columbus.
In 1492, Columbus made the first of 4 trips to the Caribbean on 3 Spanish ships named the Nina, the Pinta, & the Santa Maria.
Tell me about the Pilgrims.
In 1620, the Pilgrims from Plymouth, England, signed the Mayflower Compact before landing in Plymouth, MA.
Tell me about the Boston Tea Party.
In 1773, colonists dressed as Mohawks dumped tea from the British East India Company into the Boston Harbor.
Tell me about the Declaration of Independence.
In 1776, the Continental Congress published the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia announcing the colonists' intent to form a new nation.
Tell me about George Washington.
In 1789 in New York, George Washington was granted the full powers and responsibilities of the Presidency by the U. S. Constitution.
Tell me about the purchase of Louisiana.
In 1803, the purchase of Louisiana from France prompted westward exploration by pioneers such as Lewis and Clark and Congressman Davy Crockett.
Tell me about the War of 1812.
The War of 1812 gave confidence to the U.S. to write the Monroe Doctrine warning Europeans not to attempt to colonize the Americas.
Tell me about Henry Clay.
In 1820, Henry Clay worked out the Missouri Compromise allowing Missouri to enter the Union as a slave state and Maine as a free state.
Tell me about the Compromise of 1850.
The Compromise of 1850, the Fugitive Slave Act, and the Dred Scott Decision preceded the secession of the Southern states.
Tell me about Polk's belief.
In 1853, after the Mexican War and the Gadsden Purchase, Polk's belief in the doctrine of Manifest Destiny was realized.
Tell me about Abraham Lincoln.
In 1861, President Abraham Lincoln went to war with the southern states which had seceded from the Union.
Tell me about General Robert E. Lee.
In 1865, General Robert E. Lee surrendered to General Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Courthouse in Virginia.
Tell me about the 14th Amendment.
In 1868, the 14th Amendment made all former slaves U.S. citizens and paved the way for the civil rights movement.
Tell me about tycoons like Vanderbilt.
During the late 1800's, tycoons like Vanderbilt, Rockefeller, Carnegie, and Swift fueled the nation's Industrial Age by developing American resources.
Tell me about Theodore Roosevelt.
In 1898, Theodore Roosevelt and his Rough Riders defeated the Spanish at the Battle of San Juan Hill while trying to help the Cubans win their independence.
Tell me about immigrants coming to America.
From 1820 to 1930, more than 37 million immigrants came to America seeking freedom and the opportunity to increase their personal wealth.
Tell me about President Wilson.
In 1917, President Wilson asked Congress to declare war on the Central Powers two years after German u-boats sank the Lusitania killing American citizens.
Tell me about NATO.
In 1949 the U.S. and its allies formed NATO to resist the spread of Soviet Communism.
Tell me about Pearl Harbor.
On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, causing the U.S. to join the Allies in WWII.
Tell me about Brown vs. the Board of Education.
In 1954, in Brown vs. Board of Education, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the segregation of public schools by race is unconstitutional.
Tell me about U.S. astronauts.
In 1969, U.S. astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin Aldrin were the first men to walk on the moon.
Tell me about September 11.
On September 11, 2001, the World Trade Center in New York City was destroyed by Muslim fundamentalists beginning America's War on Terrorism.
The Preamble to the U.S. Constitution
We the people of the U.S. in order to form a more perfect union, estalish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity do ordain and establish this Constitution for the U.S. of America.
Bill of Rights
- 1. Freedoms
- 2. Own guns
- 3. Quartering soldiers
- 4. Warrants
- 5. Cannot testify against self
- 6. Right to a speedy trial
- 7. Right to a jury
- 8. Cruel, unusual punishment
- 9. People's rights
- 10. States' rights