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  • Independence Hall: 1756

    colonial leaders met to plan the future of the new Nation. The Declaration of Independence (1776) and the United States Constitution (1787) were debated and ratified here. It is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. Independence Hall was also the home of...

    https://bensguide.gpo.gov/35-age-4/apprentice-symbols-of-us-government/84-independence-hall-1756
  • About the Emancipation Proclamation

    The Emancipation Proclamation stated that slaves in the Confederate states (the states that wanted to separate from the United States) were free, and that the Union military would fight to preserve that freedom. It applied only to states that were “in...

    https://bensguide.gpo.gov/m-about-emancipation
  • Articles of Confederation: 1777-1789

    that were created as a result of the American Revolution. This need led Congress to give the task of drafting a Federal constitution to John Dickinson, a politician active in Pennsylvania and Delaware. The Articles of Confederation represented the first...

    https://bensguide.gpo.gov/m-articles-confederation-1777-1789
  • Election of Representatives

    When the first Congress met in 1789, there were 59 Representatives in the House of Representatives. As the number of states increased and as the population grew, the number of Representatives increased significantly. A law passed in 1911 fixed the size...

    https://bensguide.gpo.gov/election-of-representatives
  • Election of the President and Vice President: Electoral College

    to represent their vote in the Electoral College, and not for an individual presidential candidate. The authors of the Constitution put this system in place so that careful and calm deliberation would lead to the selection of the best-qualified...

    https://bensguide.gpo.gov/election-of-the-president-vice-president-electoral-college
  • About the Emancipation Proclamation

    The Emancipation Proclamation stated that slaves in the Confederate states (the states that wanted to separate from the United States) were free, and that the Union military would fight to preserve that freedom. It only applied to states that were “in...

    https://bensguide.gpo.gov/about-the-emancipation-proclamation
  • From Colonial Rule to Independence

    For thousands of years, North America was populated mainly by Native Americans and was mostly unknown to Europe. In the 1500s, Europeans began arriving in North America; they found a land with many natural resources and began to claim parts of it....

    https://bensguide.gpo.gov/j-colonial-rule-to-independence
  • About the Gettysburg Address

    Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address begins with the words, “Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” Lincoln's statement...

    https://bensguide.gpo.gov/about-the-gettysburg-address
  • Declaration of Independence Facts and Figures

    but signed the document later; not all delegates signed the document. The Declaration of Independence, along with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, is on public display at the Rotunda of the National Archives in Washington, DC. To learn more, and...

    https://bensguide.gpo.gov/j-declaration-facts-figures
  • Articles of Confederation: 1777-1789

    states got together to decide how to create it. The leaders met at the Constitutional Convention of 1787 and wrote the Constitution of the United States. This document replaced the Articles of Confederation in 1789 and created a stronger central...

    https://bensguide.gpo.gov/articles-of-confederation-1777-1789
  • State Government

    from throughout the newly formed states met at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 to address that issue, and the Constitution of the United States of America was drafted to replace the Articles of Confederation.

    https://bensguide.gpo.gov/j-state-government
  • The Legislative Branch

    Article I of the Constitution establishes the legislative branch. Section 1 reads: All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives. The remaining...

    https://bensguide.gpo.gov/m-legislative
  • State Government

    from throughout the newly formed states met at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 to address that issue, and the Constitution of the United States of America was drafted to replace the Articles of Confederation.

    https://bensguide.gpo.gov/m-state-government
  • Timeline

    John Adams and John Jay were co-signers of the treaty. 1785-1788: Serves as Governor of Pennsylvania. 1787: Signs the Constitution of the United States. 1790: Dies in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    https://bensguide.gpo.gov/18-about-ben/155-timeline
  • Checks and Balances

    The Constitution divided the Government into three branches: legislative, executive, and judicial. That was an important decision because it gave specific powers to each branch and set up something called checks and balances. Just like the phrase...

    https://bensguide.gpo.gov/j-check-balance
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial: 1997

    to four. His was the longest Presidency in U.S. history. After his fourth and final term, the 22nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution set a term limit for Presidential office. The water in the memorial echoes activities in Roosevelt’s life. He liked to...

    https://bensguide.gpo.gov/j-fdr-memorial
  • Federally Recognized Tribes

    our Nation bases Federal Indian law and our Federal Indian trust relationship. Article 1, Section 8 of the United States Constitution gives Congress the power to create alliances with the tribes. In that way, Federally recognized tribes are sewn into...

    https://bensguide.gpo.gov/federally-recognized-tribes-master-level
  • Federally Recognized Tribes

    and are able to receive some benefits because of their connections with the U.S. Government. Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution allows Congress to create partnerships with the tribes. Because of that, the tribes are a central part of our Nation’s...

    https://bensguide.gpo.gov/federally-recognized-tribes-journeyperson-level
  • Election of the President and Vice President: General Election

    as registering to vote) has an opportunity to vote. However, the President is not chosen by direct popular vote. The Constitution requires that a process known as the Electoral College ultimately decides who will win the general election. Lesson Plan...

    https://bensguide.gpo.gov/election-of-the-president-vice-president-general-election
  • Declaration of Independence Facts and Figures

    script that people now speak of a ‘John Hancock’ to mean a signature. The Declaration of Independence, along with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, is on public display at the Rotunda of the National Archives in Washington, DC. Lesson Plan from...

    https://bensguide.gpo.gov/m-declaration-of-independence-facts-figures

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