U.S. History

This page focuses on United States history in all its many forms in general terms. Click on Periods in U.S. History for detailed information.

Native Americans
The Native Americans lived in North and South America long before Columbus arrived and called them "Indians." Learn more about these proud people.

African-Americans have a long and proud history. These links tell you more.

Periods in U.S. History
Discover the history of the United States by reading about the different periods in history.

Declaration of Independence
The Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. This historic document said that the American colonies were independent from Great Britain.

The Articles of Confederation
The first document detailing a framework for a federal government gave the states enormous power over the federal government. These links give you the text of the Articles of Confederation and stories of how they were supposed to work an, ultimately, why they didn't work.

The Constitution of the United States
The Constitution is the basis for government in the United States. It spells out how the government is formed, who makes it up, and how to pass and amend laws. It is one of the most famous documents ever written.

Maps of U.S. History
See how the United States got to be the way it did with these helpful, colorful maps.

Exploration and Settlement of the United States
See the United States come together by viewing the same map at different times in history!

U.S. Flag: a Journey from 13 to 50
The American flag began with 13 stars and has ended up with 50. In between, Americans have lived under many versions of the national flag.  

Guide to Patriotic Symbols
Learn more about the famous people and things that make America great.

Ben's Interactive Games
Guide to the United States government with Benjamin Franklin. Features games online and other activities such as connect the dots and a virtual coloring book.”

Games Online
Many different games ranging from classic games to the latest in online gaming.

History Games
Links to games about historical topics ordered by the subject of the game.

 Graphics courtesy of ArtToday

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