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U.S. History to 1850

Creating a Constitutional Government
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John and Abigail Adams
Online Poll [Opinion (poll, submission, forum)]

Should John Adams have signed the Alien and Sedition Acts?

John and Abigail Adams
Adams Unbound [Flash interactive]

Journey inside Adams' library -- and his head -- with an interactive look at one of his annotated books, Mary Wollstonecraft's An Historical and Moral View of the French Revolution.

John and Abigail Adams
Adams and Jefferson [Text-based]

Historians discuss John Adams and Thomas Jefferson's complicated friendship from its roots at the Continental Congress, a falling out over the French Revolution, and their late-in-life reconciliation.

The Duel
The Burr Conspiracy [Text-based]

Aaron Burr, after fatally wounding Alexander Hamilton, conspired to gain control of the recently acquired Territory of Louisiana. Was the former vice president ever convicted of treason? Find out here.

The Duel
Alexander Hamilton and the U.S. Constitution [Text-based]

This founding father played an instrumental role in adoption of the U.S Constitution and also helped to shape the country's economic system.


The Duel
North America 1806 [Image-based]

Explore a map of the U.S. at the time of the Burr Conspiracy. Flash with non-Flash version available.

Primary source

John and Abigail Adams
The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1780) [Text-based]

Written by John Adams, it was the model for the U.S. Constitution.

John and Abigail Adams
The Alien Act and the Alien Enemies Act of 1798 [Text-based]

These acts aimed to contain the movement of aliens in the United States, but may have violated civil rights instead.

John and Abigail Adams
The Sedition Act of 1798 [Text-based]

Enacted to punish any person authoring or printing false claims against the Congress or the President, this act limited freedom of speech during the Adams' presidency and came to be considered unconstitutional.

The Kennedys
Religious Freedom in the Constitution [Text-based]

Article 6 of the Constitution and the First Amendment guarantee religious freedom for all Americans, including the first Catholic president.


Abraham and Mary Lincoln: A House Divided
Political Party Timeline [Text-based]

Trace the intricate relations of the major parties, and the disappearance of the Whigs.

John and Abigail Adams
Timeline [Text-based]

The Duel
Timeline of Events Leading up to the Duel [Text-based]

Read a chronology of events leading up to the duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.


John and Abigail Adams
Further Reading [Text-based]

The Duel
Further Reading [Text-based]

Teacher's guide

John and Abigail Adams
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Put a human face on a Founding Father by exploring John and Abigail's lifelong partnership; Adams' decision to side with Boston's revolutionaries against Britain; "attack politics" of the 18th century; the three cities -- Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. -- where Adams lived and worked; John Adams' views on revolution; his support of the controversial Alien and Sedition Acts, and his friendship/rivalry with Thomas Jefferson.

The Duel
Teachers Guide [Text-based]

Investigate the causes and consequences of the famous duel between Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr.