U.S. Westward Expansion in the Late 19th Century – The Big Picture Overview

In colonial days, the U.S. started out mainly hugging the East Coast (because our colonizers came from Europe, and that was the first place they…

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Debt Peonage in U.S. History

Debt peonage simply refers to being trapped in a situation due to debt. How does that happen? Well, basically someone is charged so much money…

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13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments

Also known as the Reconstruction Amendments, the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments to the Constitution are some of the most important in U.S. history. These…

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Reconstruction – The Highlights

Reconstruction refers to the time period after the Civil War when the U.S. was dealing with reabsorbing the rebellious southern states and the impact of…

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The Many Causes of the Civil War

A lot of issues caused tensions to finally boil over into war. Slavery was at the heart of them, but on its own it was…

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