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Week of November 5, 2001

The Government of the United States of America
Washington, D.C.

   
Left: Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument
Right: Washington Monument and the Capitol

Quote of the Week


"It 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 Roosevelt.

Photo: Eleanor Roosevelt

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Picture of the Week


Abe loves to visit Washington, D.C., and one of his favorite buildings is the White House. The White House is where the President of the United States lives and works. Throughout history, the White House has had many names including the "President's Palace," the "President's House," and the "Executive Mansion." Did you know it was Theodore Roosevelt in 1901, who officially called it the "White House?" Read a book about Abe or read a book about the U.S. Government.

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How the U.S. Government Works

This book is featured in Ben's Books. What are the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches? How do they fit together? This book explains it all. It takes the big, complex nature of the U.S. government and simplifies it for young and old readers alike. It also has drawings of the different buildings in the glossary, so you'll see the Capitol, the White House, the Oval Office, and the Pentagon.

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Trivia Question


This Week's Trivia Question:

Question: In what year was the
Constitution of the United States ratified?

Photo: The Constitution of the United States.

Last Week's Trivia Question:
Question: Where did the
Hopi live?
Answer:
In the Arizona high desert. The Hopi were Pueblo Indians living one hundred miles east of the Grand Canyon. They were farmers (not hunters) which means they stayed in one place and built their villages near the fields and springs. Their stone and clay houses were usually two to three stories high and had a flat roof.
Read about the Hopi.

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Did You Know…


Did 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 system (a legislature made up of two chambers). The Senate is made up of two Senators from each state, and the House of Representatives is elected according to population. Read a book about the Congress.

Photo: United States Capitol

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Who's Your Hero?


George 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 a book about George Washington.

Photo: George Washington

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Your Question


Q: How many Supreme Court Justices are there? (Shannon P.)

A: There are nine Supreme Court Justices. William H. Rehnquist is the Chief Justice. The eight Associate Justices are John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O'Connor, Antonin Scalia, Anthony M. Kennedy, David Hackett Souter, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen G. Breyer. Read a book about the Supreme Court.

Photo: United States Supreme Court

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