Documents Important to the History of the United States
The Charters of Freedom
The Charters of Freedom The Constitution (1781-1815)
The Articles of Confederation The Northwest Ordinance
The Articles of Confederation History of the Northwest Ordinance
Guide to the U.S. Government: The Articles of Confederation Wikipedia: The Northwest Ordinance
The Bill of Rights American History Documents: Northwest Ordinance
Spark Notes: The Bill of Rights The Treaty of Paris
The Bill of Rights Treaty of Paris - from Wikipedia
The Constitution History.com Treaty of Paris Signed: Video and Facts
Guide to the U.S. Government: History of the Constitution


Events Important to the History of the United States
Creating the Capital Ratification of the Articles of Confederation
Creating the United States: Plans for the United States Capital District The Articles of Confederation: a Timeline
The 1901 Plan for Washington D.C. Maryland Ratifies the Articles of Confederation
The Constitutional Convention The Mount Vernon Conference
Introduction to the Constitutional Convention Wikipedia: The Mount Vernon Conference
The Annapolis Convention
The Annapolis Convention Shays' Rebellion
Annapolis Convention Resolution Shays' Rebellion - from Wikipedia
History.com: Shays' Rebellion


History of the Expanding United States of America
The Louisiana Purchase Fact Monster: The Louisiana Purchase
Jefferson Acts To Expand The Nation with the Largest Single Land Purchase in U.S. History Louisiana Purchase - from Wikipedia

The Founding Fathers Delegates to the Constitutional Convention

Biographies of the Founding Fathers

Individual People Important to the History of the United States
John Adams Richard Henry Lee
John Adams Richard Henry Lee
John Adams : A Founding Father Richard Henry Lee Biography
John Dickinson James Madison
John Dickinson James Madison
John Dickinson: The Patriot James Madison: A Founding Father
Benjamin Franklin Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Franklin Thomas Jefferson
Benjamin Franklin: A Founding Father Thomas Jefferson: A Founding Father
Alexander Hamilton Daniel Shays
Alexander Hamilton Daniel Shays - from Wikipedia
Alexander Hamilton: A Founding Father George Washington
John Hancock  
John Hancock George Washington : A Founding Father
John Hancock: A Founding Father
Sites with Specific Information about the History of the United States

The Founding Fathers Delegates to the Constitutional Convention

Biographies of the Founding Fathers: A New Nation 1784 to 1790: A timeline with historical facts

Forming of a New Nation: Facts and information about the time period following the American Revolution, and the formation of the early government of the United States

History of the USA: Complete historical background

The Early Years of a New Government: A Timeline

Wikipedia: History of the United States: Historical background and information



United States of America History

Interesting Facts about the History of the United States

*The Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776, and declared America a free nation.

* Thomas Jefferson was the primary author of the Declaration of Independence, and is referred to as the "Father of the Declaration of Independence."

*Thomas Jefferson died on the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence, not the Constitution, on July 4, 1826.

*John Hancock's signature on the Declaration of Independence is the largest signature on the document.

*George Mason influenced Thomas Jefferson's writing of the Declaration of Independence.

*The Articles of Confederation were written during the early part of the American Revolution by a committee of the Second Continental Congress to to limit the power of the central government.

*The United States Constitution was written in 1787 and remains the basic law of the United States.

*James Madison is often called the "Father of the Constitution".

*The United States Constitutional Convention, also known as the Philadelphia Convention, took place in 1787, and is where our United States Constitution originated.

*Benjamin Franklin was the oldest delegate at the Constitutional Convention.

*Roger Sherman proposed a two-house legislature, consisting of a Senate and a House of Representatives which broke a deadlock during the Constitutional Convention. His proposal was called the "Great Compromise".

*Edmund Randolph refused to sign because he thought the Constitution needed further protection for individuals' and states' rights. When the Bill of Rights was added, he supported ratification of the Constitution, but did not add his signature.

*Many states were opposed to the Constitution because there was no Bill of Rights included in the original document.



American History Calendar

American History Calendar: A calendar site showing American history in a unique way: through a user-friendly web calendar. Birthdays of important people in American history and important events in American history can be viewed; interactive - browse through it and display details on a specific person or event. A printer friendly version of the calendar is also available.


American History Museum

Smithsonian National Museum of American History Search Engine: Discover history through objects, photographs, interactive timelines: Complete archived collections - excellent!


The History Channel

The History Channel: Each month the History Channel takes new explorations into the past and puts them on display for you, utilizing state-of-the-art interactive technology; listen to speeches drawn from the most famous broadcasts and recordings of the Twentieth Century. The History Channel Time Machine brings you to a different speech every day; trivia quiz; fact of the day; games.


U.S. History Images

U.S. History Images: What better way to learn about and appreciate the history of the United States than through viewing the illustrations of artists from the last century and a half! The images are all in the public domain and are free for anyone to use in any way after viewing the Terms of Use. This website is a work in progress and new images are always being added. Present topics for images include: Life in the Colonies, Colonial Patriots, Native Americans, Native American Culture, The Age of Exploration, and Explorers


Educational American History Powerpoints

Educational American History Videos

Links to Other History Sites that Might also Contain Information about the History of the United States

Archiving Early America: A wealth of resources about 18th Century America, original newspapers, maps, writings, biographies

History of the United States Complete Historical Archive: Directory listed in alphabetical order by events

History Place: American Revolution, Civil War, featured articles, history of the U.S.A.


Reference Sites to Help in Your Research

American Memory Learning Page of the Library of Congress: Historical collections of photographs, documents, motion pictures, and sound recordings about American culture and history - SEARCHABLE by keyword

Biographies of Famous People Both Past and Present: - SEARCHABLE by keyword

The Biographic Dictionary: Covers more than 33,000 notable men and women who have shaped our world from ancient times to the present day- SEARCHABLE by keyword

Encyclopedia Smithsonian: Encyclopedia Smithsonian features answers to frequently asked questions about the Smithsonian and links to Smithsonian resources from A to Z

Information Please: On-Line Dictionary; Encyclopedia; Almanac, and MORE

Who2: Find famous people biographies fast! This site also lists links to more information about each person. - SEARCHABLE by keyword



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