of November 5, 2001
The Government of the United
States of America
Left: Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument
Right: Washington Monument and the Capitol
isn't enough to talk about peace; one must believe in it. And it
isn't enough to believe in it; one must work at it." Eleanor
Roosevelt on a radio broadcast, November 11, 1951. Eleanor Roosevelt
was the First Lady from 1933 to 1945 when her husband, Franklin
Delano Roosevelt, was the President. In 1945, she became a U.S.
Delegate to the United Nations. Read more about Eleanor
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Constitution of the United States.
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the Arizona high desert. The Hopi were Pueblo Indians living one
hundred miles east of the Grand Canyon. They were farmers (not hunters)
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you know the United States Congress is made up of two Houses:
the Senate and the House of Representatives?
Yes, during the Constitutional
Convention in 1787, there was a division between small states and
large states regarding how representation in the federal government
would be determined. The small states wanted the states to have
equal representation. The large states wanted representation based
on population. A compromise was reached which satisfied both sides.
The Constitution set up the United States Congress as a bicameral
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Washington is my hero because he was the first President. Although
he wanted to live a private life at his home at Mount Vernon, he
served his country well when he was needed. He was the General of
the Continental Army during the American Revolution, he was the
President of Constitutional Convention, and he was the first President
of the United States. He was a great man and my hero! --
Peg from Virginia. Read
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are nine Supreme
Court Justices. William H. Rehnquist is
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Souter, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen G. Breyer.
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