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ABOUT THE UNITED STATES

History and Government

The United States is a representative democracy and its people play an important role in the governing process. Our government is based on several fundamental values including freedom, individual rights, equality, and opportunity. A basic understanding of U.S. history and government is important for everyone in the United States.

The links below provide resources to help you learn more about U.S. history and government.

Read the 100 Most Important Documents in U.S. History
OurDocuments.gov provides 100 of the most important documents in U.S. history. You can view the original document, read a transcript, and learn about the history of each.


Learn About the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights
Charters of Freedom is an online exhibit presented by the U.S. National Archives. In this exhibit, you can read and learn about the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, and the Bill of Rights.


The U.S. House of Representatives
The U.S. House of Representatives provides information on Congress and a directory with information on each U.S. Representative.


The U.S. Senate
The U.S. Senate provides information on Congress and a directory with information on each Senator.


The President of the United States
Whitehouse.gov is the official website of the President of the United States. You can learn about the President, the government, and issues that are important to the country.


The Supreme Court of the United States
The U.S. Supreme Court provides information about the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court Justices, and recent decisions the Court has made.


Learn About U.S. History and Government
Ben's Guide to U.S. Government provides basic information about U.S. history and government for K-12 students and educational tools for parents and teachers.


Short Lessons About U.S. History and Government
Learn about the United States: Quick Civics Lessons for the Naturalization Test is a study booklet that contains short lessons based on each of the 100 civics questions and answers on the naturalization test. This information will help you learn more about important concepts in U.S. history and government


Learn About U.S. History, Social Studies, Literature, and Language Arts
EDSITEment! provides information and interactive activities on literature and language arts, foreign languages, art and culture, and history and social studies.


Purchase Government Documents on U.S. History and Government
The U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) offers government publications about the U.S. Constitution, the flag, and U.S. history and government.


Learn About American History from Primary Sources
America's Story from America's Library is a website developed by the Library of Congress (LOC). Find information about American history, government, and culture by exploring items in the Library.


Explore the Collections of the National Library of the United States
The Library of Congress (LOC) is the national library of the United States and the largest library in the world. The Library's website has a comprehensive online exhibition of historic photographs, documents, and events.


Biographies of U.S. Presidents
Whitehouse.gov lists every president of the United States and provides a biography of each.


Documents, Symbols, and Anthems of the United States
The Citizen's Almanac is a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) publication that highlights the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, prominent foreign-born Americans, presidential quotes on citizenship, patriotic songs and poems, and several of our essential founding documents.


Watch a Short Film on U.S. History and the Rights and Responsibilities of U.S. Citizenship
A Promise of Freedom: An Introduction to U.S. History and Civics for Immigrants is a 12-minute film that focuses on the history and founding of our nation and the important rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship.