Presidents Day is observed on the third Monday in February. Established in 1885, Presidents Day was created by the federal government to recognize President George Washington, born on February 22, 1732, for his contributions to the nation. While the day officially recognizes Washington, over time, the holiday has become an opportunity to honor Abraham Lincoln, […]
African American History Month Federal Resources The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum have joined in paying tribute to the generations of African Americans who struggled with adversity to achieve full citizenship in […]
Emancipation Proclamation Commemorative Coloring Book provides an overview of the history of the Emancipation Proclamation for children and coloring pages featuring Abraham Lincoln and notable African Americans, including Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and Barack Obama.
The Emancipation Proclamation was issued by President Abraham Lincoln on January 1, 1863, as the nation approached its third year of bloody civil war. The proclamation declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.”
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Ronald Reagan Documents features 24 memos, speeches, proclamations, and other primary documents from Reagan’s presidency. Topics include economic recovery, energy, national defense, oil imports, small business, wilderness preservation, and more.
How Do I Become President? displays winning posters designed by students to show what a person must do to become president of the U.S.
John and Abigail Adams offers insights into the birth of American democracy, the American Revolution, life in the colonies, the Founding Fathers, the branches of government, lawmaking, and politics. Learn about key people and events: John and Abigail, John Quincy Adams, Benjamin Franklin, King George III, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, the Boston Massacre, the Revolutionary […]
One Life: The Mask of Lincoln celebrates the bicentennial of the birth of one of our greatest presidents, Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), with an online exhibit of 30 portraits aimed “to show the changing face that Abraham Lincoln presented to the world as he led the fight for the Union.” Select “audio tour” to hear answers […]
Historians on America looks at 11 developments that altered the course of U.S. history: the trial of John Peter Zenger and the birth of freedom of the press, the Constitutional Convention (1787), George Washington’s concept of a limited Presidency, the Common School movement, the Sherman Anti-Trust Act of 1890, the Interstate Highway System (1939-1991), the […]