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Benjamin Franklin Contest

CONGRATULATIONS TO RUTH FROM BIDDEFORD, MAINE! She is the winner of the Election Day 2000 - Benjamin Franklin Contest.

Thank You All for Entering the Benjamin Franklin Contest. We appreciate your interest. The answers are:

1. When was Ben Franklin born?
January 17, 1706
(in Boston, Massachusetts)

2. True/False. The Constitution of the United States describes the laws of the United States of America.

3. What was the name of Ben Franklin's newspaper?
The Pennsylvania Gazette
(Ben also printed an almanac called Poor Richard's Almanack.)

4. When was the Declaration of Independence signed? (both answers were accepted)
It was adopted by the colonies on July 4, 1776
It was signed by the delegates on August 2, 1776
(Did you know, on July 8, 1776, it was read publicly in the State House Yard and the Liberty Bell was rung?)

5. What does the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution guarantee? (Answers may vary)
freedom of speech, religion, press, and assembly, and the right to petition the government
The full text of the First Amendment states: "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."


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Ulysses S. Grant Contest

CONGRATULATIONS TO MICHELE FROM BROOKLYN, NEW YORK! She is the winner of the Election Day 2000 - Ulysses S. Grant Contest.

Thank You All for Entering the Ulysses S. Grant Contest. We appreciate your interest. The answers are:

1. When was Ulysses S. Grant born?
April 27, 1822 (in Point Pleasant, Ohio)

2. True/False. Ulysses S. Grant fought in the Mexican War.

3. Which Confederate General surrendered to Ulysses S. Grant on April 9, 1865, at Appomattox Court House, Virginia?
Robert E. Lee
(Did you know Appomattox Court House is the name of the city? Lee surrendered to Grant in the McLean House in Appomattox Court House, Virginia.)

4. When did South Carolina secede from the Union?
December 20, 1860
(Did you know South Carolina was the first state to secede from the Union?)

5. What does the Fourteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution grant? (Answers may vary)
due process and equal protection to all citizens
The full text of the Fourteenth Amendment, Section 1 states: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."


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Abraham Lincoln Contest

CONGRATULATIONS TO JENNIFER FROM LOWELL, MASSACHUSETTS! She is the winner of the Election Day 2000 - Abraham Lincoln Contest.

Thank You All for Entering the Abraham Lincoln Contest. We appreciate your interest. The answers are:

1. When was Abraham Lincoln born?
February 12, 1809 (in a log cabin in Hardin County, Kentucky)

2. True/False. Abraham Lincoln was the 1st President of the United States.
(George Washington was the 1st President, and Abraham Lincoln was the 16th President. Did you know, the 43rd President will be elected on November 7?)

3. When did Abraham Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address?
November 19, 1863 (to dedicate the National Cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Did you know the Gettysburg Address begins, "Fourscore and seven years ago…?")

4. The faces of which four U.S. Presidents are carved into Mount Rushmore?
Abraham Lincoln, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Theodore Roosevelt

5. What does the Thirteenth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution abolish?
(Answers may vary) Slavery in the United States.
The full text of the Thirteenth Amendment, Section 1 states: "Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."

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