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"The true test of civilization is not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops - no, but the kind of man the country turns out."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)

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U.S. History

Sometimes, history can offer us a road map for the present and future. Always it offers insight into our own political priorities and reactions. The sites below will help you look into our presidential past and into the creation of our country.

Presidential History
The Creation of the U.S.

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Link inside PBS Web siteThe American Experience: The Presidents
This comprehensive Web site provides in-depth information about all of the presidents (yes, all of them), from the issues that drove their campaigns to key accomplishments to the challenges they faced in office.

Link outside PBS Web siteThe American President
Read biographies and articles on all the Presidents and their first ladies.

Link outside PBS Web siteBartleby: The Inaugural Addresses
This reference site contains a full collection of Presidential inaugural speeches, a database of memorable quotations and more.

Link outside PBS Web siteU.S. Election Atlas
This site has created a map that shows, for every Presidential election in our history, which state voted for which candidate, the popular vote totals, the electoral vote totals and the election turnout. It is thorough, informative and easy to understand.

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Link outside PBS Web siteThe National Archives: A More Perfect Union: The Creation of the U.S. Constitution
This historical article describes the creation of the U.S. Constitution in detail.

Link outside PBS Web siteThe National Archives: The Charters of Freedom
Here, you can find the full text of the Constitution, the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights. Read the founding documents that created our government.

Link outside PBS Web siteThe Federalist Papers
These pivotal documents ensured acceptance of the Constitution by the 13 original colonies. Their full text is reprinted here courtesy of THOMAS, the legislative web site of the U.S. Government.

Link outside PBS Web siteNational Archives: Our documents
Compiled by the National Archives, this site has the full text of 100 of the most important documents in American History from the Declaration of Independence to the Emancipation Proclamation to the Gettysberg Address to the Surrender of Germany to the Voting Rights Act.

Link inside PBS Web siteGreat American Speeches
Explore PBS's archive of 35 of the most important speeches in American History.

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