American History

Battle of New Orleans

Battle of New Orleans

The Battle of New Orleans (Dec 24, 1814 – Jan 8, 1815) was the last battle of the War of 1812. American troops were led to victory over the British by Major General Andrew Jackson, whose battlefield success and increased …[Continue]

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968) was a Baptist minister and civil rights leader. In November 1983, President Reagan signed legislation creating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, making it the third national holiday born in the twentieth century. The first was …[Continue]

Louisiana Purchase

Louisiana Purchase

Under the leadership of President Thomas Jefferson, the United States purchased 827,987 square miles of territory from France on May 2, 1803 for $15 million. It was a momentous event that doubled the size of the new country, and greatly …[Continue]

Thanksgiving Crafts

Thanksgiving Crafts

With cooler, shorter fall days, now is the perfect time to gather round the kitchen table with construction paper, glue, paint and scissors to make some Thanksgiving crafts. I could never design any of these clever craft projects myself, but …[Continue]

Stamp Act

Stamp Act

The Duties in American Colonies Act 1765; 5 George III, c. 12, is more commonly known as The Stamp Act of 1765. It imposed British taxes on the American colonies by requiring a stamp on every piece of printed paper. …[Continue]

California Gold Rush

California Gold Rush

A pea-sized gold nugget was unearthed at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California on January 24, 1848. Although the news did spread, Sam Brannan, a San Francisco newspaperman, is credited with starting the actual rush on May 12 when he walked …[Continue]

American Presidents

American Presidents

Starting with George Washington, whose term began in 1789, there have been a total of forty-three individuals sworn into office and forty-four presidencies. The discrepancy is because Grover Cleveland served two non-consecutive terms, making him both the 22nd and the …[Continue]

Pilgrims of Plymouth

Pilgrims of Plymouth

The Pilgrims were a English Separatist congregation that emigrated to Holland in 1608 to escape religious persecution. Twelve years later, discouraged by economic conditions, the congregation voted to move again, this time to America. A small ship, the Speedwell, carried …[Continue]