Westward Expansion Facts for Kids

The Wild West has been romanticized in film, television, and books. It’s become a symbol of independence and adventure.  What many people don’t know is that westward expansion was the backbone of American history. The Louisiana Purchase In the first half of the 19th century, America’s population grew a lot. There was a boom in … Read more

Figures of the American Civil War Facts for Kids

The Civil War was a time of intense change for the United States. It divided a country and its people in two but also saw many moments of heroism and self-sacrifice. Some figures from this era have become famous while others have been lost to history. Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president … Read more

Reconstruction Era Facts for Kids

During the Reconstruction era, people in the United States were trying to find a way to include African Americans.  The first United States soldiers arrived at slaveholding territories and black people escaped and some went into free states.  During this time, Congress made three amendments that gave rights to black people forever. Reconstruction was the … Read more

The Vietnam War Facts for Kids

The Vietnam War is one of the most famous wars to date. It was a long, costly and divisive conflict between the communist government of North Vietnam against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States. The conflict was intensified by the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union. More than … Read more

The Korean War Facts for Kids

The Korean War is a war that was fought between two countries, North Korea and South Korea. It all started in 1950 when 75,000 soldiers from the North Korean People’s Army poured across the 38th parallel which divides Korea into North Korea (communist) and South Korea (democratic). American troops soon entered as well to help … Read more

V-J Day Facts for Kids

The end of World War II is a significant moment in history, not only because it ended the deadliest and most destructive conflict in recorded history, but also because it was the time that America emerged as one of the world’s two superpowers. The conflict between the US and Japan began when Japan bombed Pearl … Read more

American Amendments Facts for Kids

People in the US wanted to make sure that they could trust the government by adding additional rules and restrictions to the Constitution.  The creators of the US Constitution knew that it would need to be changed in the future. They made it so people could change it, but not too easily. Since the Constitution … Read more

The Kansas-Nebraska Act Facts for Kids

The Kansas-Nebraska Act had a profound effect on America. The act, proposed by Senator Stephen Douglas of Illinois in 1854, was seen as an attempt to extend slavery into the territories where it had been banned. It created divisions over slavery in the United States that would later be at the center of the Civil … Read more