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An adjutant general in George Washington’s Continental Army, Pickering wrote his father this moving letter of farewell on February 23, 1778, from his post in Yorktown, Virginia. Pickering revered his father but disagreed with him on one critical issue: colonial independence from Great Britain.
In 1816, seven Quakers in Baltimore, Maryland, petitioned President James Madison for pardons after refusing to serve in the militia or pay the exemption fee. Secretary of State James Monroe requested additional information to determine whether the case merited the President’s attention.
On February 3, 1787, George Washington wrote to Henry Knox, conveying his thoughts on both the recent Shays’ rebellion in Massachusetts and the Constitutional Convention.
Could you pass the US citizenship test? Take these quizzes to see how well you know the American history and civics required of people taking the naturalization test. The actual test is not multiple choice, but these are the 100 questions from which each potential citizen's 10-question civics and history exam are drawn.
This unit is part of Gilder Lehrman’s series of Common Core State Standards–based teaching resources. These units were developed to enable students to understand, summarize, and analyze original texts of historical significance. Through a step-by-step process, students will acquire the skills to analyze any primary or secondary source material.Lesson 1 Objective
Today students will participate as members of a critical thinking group and “read like a detective” in order to analyze the...
Students will develop a rich understanding of the arguments in favor of and in opposition to ratification of the US Constitution. They will examine and analyze key excerpts from “Federalist No. 51” (written by either Alexander Hamilton or James Madison), George Mason’s Objections to the Constitution, and notes from Alexander Hamilton’s Plan of Government speech. As the students discuss the arguments presented, they will come to understand the struggle of the nation to agree on its form of government.