Interesting Facts about American History
February is American History Month. Many key figures and events have sprung up throughout American history. From the Revolutionary War in 1775 to today, there are many important moments that highlight key change in America. To celebrate this month-long observance, here are interesting facts about key figures and events in American History.
- Out of all the famous figures who have signed the Declaration of Independence, Edward Rutledge was the youngest at 26 and Benjamin Franklin was the oldest at 70. Learn more about the American Revolutionary War.
- The 3 main problems that led to the American Civil War were: slavery, industry in the north vs. agriculture in the south, and states' rights. Learn more about the American Civil War.
- During World War 1, Woodrow Wilson presented his peace program to Congress, which came to be known as The Fourteen Points. Learn more about World War 1.
- President Franklin Delano Roosevelt created the New Deal to help the US recover from the Great Depression. Learn more about the US Economy.
- The Battle of Midway was the "turning point" of World War 2, where the US defeated Japan during a fight to control the Midway Islands in the Pacific Ocean. Learn more about World War 2.
- Before 1951, presidents could serve for many terms. Franklin D. Roosevelt was elected four times. The 22nd Amendment limited a president's consecutive terms to two. Learn more about the American Government.
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