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African-Americans after slavery – Reconstruction

By | 2017-08-14T11:26:36+00:00 August 14th, 2017|History|

A 13-year-old boy sharecropping (1937) During the Civil War, in 1863 AD, President Lincoln announced the end of slavery. When the North won the war, in 1865, Congress and the states voted to change the Constitution to make slavery illegal. So all the people who were enslaved in the South became free. Some people chose to leave the plantations, now [...]

Constitutional amendments – United States

By | 2017-08-11T22:22:52+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Government, North America|

The United States Bill of Rights Over the years since the Bill of Rights in 1791, Americans have not changed their Constitution very much. It's pretty hard to do: you have to get two-thirds of the House and the Senate to agree, and then you have to get 3/4 of the state legislatures to agree too, usually [...]

Bill of Rights simplified – US Constitution

By | 2017-08-11T22:15:11+00:00 August 11th, 2017|Government, North America|

The United States Bill of Rights After the leaders of the new United States wrote the Constitution, they had to get the thirteen states to agree to it. Some of the states didn't want to agree unless they could add some specific rights for individual people. So in 1791 the United States added ten new rights to the [...]