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Online activities and background information from the Library of Congress to help students learn more about U.S. civics and government.

American Political Parties Past (Online Activity) Match political parties with their platforms.

American Treasures: A Looking Glass for 1787 (Exhibition) This satirical, eighteenth-century engraving touches on some of the major issues in Connecticut politics on the eve of ratification of the Constitution.

American Treasures: A Rare Civics Lesson (Exhibition) What were the duties of the president and other governmental officials in 1825?

American Treasures: Draft of the Virginia Constitution (Exhibition) Learn about Jefferson's May, 1776 draft document which influenced the Virginia government and was the direct predecessor of the Declaration of Independence.

American Treasures: Report of the Committee of Detail (Exhibition) Read the draft constitution submitted on August 6, 1787 by the five-man Committee of Detail to the Federal Convention.

American Treasures: Report of the Committee of Style (Exhibition) This September 12, 1787 report contained suggestions for last minute changes to the Constitution.


American Treasures: The Federalist (Exhibition) The eighty-five Federalist articles, originally published in the daily newspapers in New York City, analyzed the system of government presented in the Constitution.

Elections - the American Way (Presentation) Explore the history of the election process through primary source materials.

For and Against (Online Activity) Enjoy 1914 vaudeville jokes poking fun at the ideologies and behavior of political parties from our nation's past.

Gerald Ford (Presentation) Link to resources about former president Gerald Ford who died on December 26, 2006 at the age of 93.

I Spy: Gray’s Ferry (Online Activity) Spot items in this 1789 drawing of the Gray's Ferry community preparing to receive General Washington.

I Spy: Lincoln's Inauguration (Online Activity) Spot items in this 1865 photograph taken at Lincoln's inauguration.

Jump Back in Time: April 13, 1743 (America's Library) Read about Thomas Jefferson.

Jump Back in Time: December 12, 1745 (America's Library) Read about John Jay, one of our nation's founding fathers.

Jump Back in Time: December 15, 1791 (America's Library) Read about the adoption of the Bill of Rights.

Jump Back in Time: January 12, 1737 (America's Library) Read about John Hancock.

Jump Back in Time: January 23, 1964 (America's Library) Read about the passage of the 24th Amendment that ended the poll tax.


Jump Back in Time: July 20, 1848 (America's Library) Read about the Seneca Falls Convention and women's fight for equal rights.

Jump Back in Time: July 28, 1868 (America's Library) Read about the passage of the 14th Amendment that granted citizenship to those born in the United States.

Jump Back in Time: May 29, 1736 (America's Library) Read about Patrick Henry.

Jump Back in Time: November 15, 1777 (America's Library) Read about the adoption of the Articles of Confederation.

Jump Back in Time: November 19, 1863 (America's Library) Read about Lincoln's delivery of the Gettysburg Address.

The Making of the Constitution (Wise Guide) Each May 1, Law Day is celebrated in honor of the laws that are the guiding principles of the nation.

Meet Amazing Americans - Dynamite Presidents (America's Library) Have fun learning about the four presidents whose images are carved into Mount Rushmore.

Meet Amazing Americans Presidents Scavenger Hunt (America's Library) Locate the answers and earn a certificate in this presidential fact finding activity.

Meet Amazing Americans: Abraham Lincoln (America's Library) Learn about America's 16th president.

Meet Amazing Americans: Dwight D. Eisenhower (America's Library) Learn about America's 34th president.


Meet Amazing Americans: George Washington (America's Library) Learn about America's 1st president.

Meet Amazing Americans: James Madison (America's Library) Learn about James Madison's contribution to the Consititution.

Meet Amazing Americans: Theodore Roosevelt (America's Library) Learn about America's 26th president.

Meet Amazing Americans: Thomas Jefferson (America's Library) Learn about America's 3rd president.

Today in History (September 17, 1787) The United States Constitution (Today in History) On this date members of the Constitutional Convention signed the final draft of the Constitution. Search the Archives using the term "Consititution" for related events.

Who's the Father of the Constitution? (Wise Guide) James Madison is known as the Father of the Constitution because of his pivotal role in the document's drafting.