Constitution Day

Reading the Constitution

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What better way to celebrate this important document, its place within our society and throughout our history, than to closely investigate the words and ideas contained in it. Unlike more recent constitutions, the document is written in the language of ordinary people and is only a few pages.

Jack London, American author, journalist, and social activist, is born

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January 12, 1876

300 Sioux Indians are killed by U.S. troops at Wounded Knee, South Dakota

On the morning of December 29, 1890, the Sioux chief Big Foot and some 350 of his followers camped on the banks of Wounded Knee creek. Surrounding their camp was a force of U.S. troops charged with the responsibility of arresting Big Foot and disarming his warriors. The scene was tense. Trouble had been brewing for months.

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December 29, 1890
  • Launchpad: Having Fun: The Economics of Leisure

    Created October 18, 2010
  • Cultural Change

    Created September 25, 2010
    Cultural Change: Stanton and Anthony

    See how the rhetoric of women’s rights evolved from the “Declaration of Sentiments” of 1848 to the suffragist arguments that finally prevailed.

  • Sodbusters!

    Created September 24, 2010
    Sodbusters!

    Students examine photographs of sod houses, build a model sod house, and picture themselves living in a soddie to gain a firsthand perspective on this important period of American history.

    Presidents' Day observed (USA)

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    February 17, 1880

    Mark Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is published

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    February 18, 1885

    Dawes Act passed—Indians living apart from tribe granted citizenship

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    February 8, 1887