Diplomat and Civil Rights leader Ralph Bunche born

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The USS Washington seizes Amistad off Long Island coast

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Digital History Reader

An online learning experience designed to help students develop the analytical skills employed by historians. It presents key events in U.S. and European history in the format of self-contained modules. Students learn by exploring data, evaluating conflicting accounts or interpretations, and developing conclusions based on the evidence.

Congress enacts Northwest Ordinance, excluding slavery from vast territories in midwest

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West Virginia Encyclopedia

This collection of free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of West Virginia is updated regularly to ensure that its contents are accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps so check back frequently to see what's new.

Encyclopedia Virginia

This collection of free, authoritative source information about the history, politics, geography, and culture of the state of Virginia is updated regularly to ensure that its contents are accurate and accessible. The editors are continually adding new entries, photographs, and maps so check back frequently to see what's new.

Abraham Lincoln’s letter to Horace Greely: “My paramount object in this struggle is to save the Union”

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Founders' Constitution

In this unique anthology, Philip B. Kurland and Ralph Lerner draw on the writings of a wide array of people engaged in the problem of making popular government safe, steady, and accountable. The documents included range from the early seventeenth century to the 1830s, from the reflections of philosophers to popular pamphlets, from public debates in ratifying conventions to the private correspondence of the leading political actors of the day.

Stonewall Jackson

Encyclopedia Virginia: Battle of Manassas or Bull Run

The First Battle of Manassas, or Bull Run, fought on July 21, 1861, was the first major battle of the American Civil War (1861–1865). Find out more about this event in the first and ultimate online reference work about Virginia.