Free Resources and Facts about History

This section is your home for learning all about significant events that have affected today’s world. Informative articles, history resources for teachers and kids, and facts about the many periods of civilization are just some of the things you can learn in this section.

Facts about the Salem Witch Trials for Kids

The Salem witch trials were a series of hearings and prosecutions of people accused of witchcraft in colonial Massachusetts between February 1692 and May 1693….

Facts about the Ku Klux Klan

The Ku Klux Klan (KKK), informally known as the Klan or the “Hooded Order”, is the name of three distinct past and present far-right organizations…

Facts about the Great Chicago Fire for Kids

Though the fire was one of the largest U.S. disasters of the 19th century, Chicago was rebuilt and continued to grow as one of the…

Facts about the Cotton Gin for Kids

A cotton gin is a machine that quickly and easily separates cotton fibers from their seeds, allowing for much greater productivity than manual cotton separation….

Facts about the Rust Belt for Kids

The Rust Belt is the informal description of a postindustrial region straddling the Northeastern and the East North Central States, referring to decline, population loss…

Mayflower Compact Facts for Kids

They traveled aboard the Mayflower in 1620 along with adventurers, tradesmen, and servants, most of whom were referred to as “Strangers”. The Mayflower Compact was…

Facts about The California Gold Rush for kids

The California Gold Rush began on January 24, 1848, when gold was found by James W. Marshall at Sutter’s Mill in Coloma, California. The first…

Facts about Bacon’s Rebellion for Kids

Bacon’s Rebellion was an armed rebellion in 1676 by Virginia settlers led by young Nathaniel Bacon against the rule of Governor William Berkeley. The colony’s…

The Boxer Rebellion Facts and History for Kids

The Boxer Rebellion, Boxer Uprising or Yihetuan Movement, was an anti-foreign, proto-nationalist movement by the Righteous Harmony Society in China between 1899 and 1901, opposing…

French and Indian War: History, Timeline, Facts for Kids

Battles of the War 1754: Battle of Fort Necessity/Great Meadows 1755: Battle of the Monongahela Battle of Lake George 1757 Battle of Plassey Siege of…

Facts about the Tappan Massacre for Kids

A raid, widely known as the “Baylor Massacre” or the “Tappan Massacre”, was a surprise attack on September 27, 1778, against the 3rd Regiment of…

Facts about The Battle of Germantown for Kids

The Battle of Germantown, a battle in the Philadelphia campaign of the American Revolutionary War, was fought on October 4, 1777, at Germantown, Pennsylvania between…

Facts about The Battle of White Plains for Kids

The Battle of White Plains was a battle in the New York and New Jersey campaign of the American Revolutionary War fought on October 28,…

Facts about The Battle of Harlem Heights for Kids

The Battle of Harlem Heights was fought during the New York and New Jersey campaign of the American Revolutionary War. British troops made a tactical…

Facts about The Boston Massacre for Kids

The Boston Massacre, known as the Incident on King Street by the British, was an incident on March 5, 1770, in which British Army soldiers…

Facts about The Battle of Yorktown for Kids

The Siege of Yorktown, Battle of Yorktown, or Surrender of Yorktown, the latter taking place on October 19, 1781, was a decisive victory by a…

Facts about The Battles of Saratoga For Kids

The Battles of Saratoga (September 19 and October 7, 1777) conclusively decided the fate of British General John Burgoyne’s army in the American War of…

Facts about The Battle of Long Island for Kids

The Battle of Long Island, also known as the Battle of Brooklyn or the Battle of Brooklyn Heights, fought on August 27, 1776, was the…

Facts about The Battle of Bunker Hill for Kids

The Battle of Bunker Hill took place on June 17, 1775, mostly on and around Breed’s Hill, during the Siege of Boston early in the…

Facts about The Battles of Lexington and Concord for Kids

The Battles of Lexington and Concord were the first military engagements of the American Revolutionary War. The battles marked the outbreak of open armed conflict…

Facts about Pharoahs for Kids

The title originates in the Egyptian term pr ˤ3, literally “great house”, describing the royal palace. Historically, however, “pharaoh” only started being used as a…

Facts about The Lebanese Civil War for Kids

The Lebanese Civil War was a multifaceted civil war in Lebanon, lasting from 1975 to 1990 and resulting in an estimated 120,000 fatalities. Today approximately…

Facts about the Cenozoic Era for Kids

The Cenozoic Era is the current and most recent of the three Phanerozoic geological eras, following the Mesozoic Era and covering the period from 66…

Facts about the Paleozoic Era for Kids

The Paleozoic is the earliest of three geologic eras of the Phanerozoic Eon, spanning from roughly 541 to 252.2 million years ago (ICS, 2004). The…

Facts about The Middle Ages or Medieval Period for Kids

The Middle ages or Medieval period began with the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, and was followed by the Renaissance and the Age of…

Facts about The Quakers for Kids

Quakers, or Friends, are members of a family of religious movements which collectively are known as the Friends Church or the Religious Society of Friends….

Facts about the Battle of Valcour Island For Kids

The naval Battle of Valcour Island, also known as the Battle of Valcour Bay, took place on October 11, 1776, on Lake Champlain. The battle…

Facts about The Blitz Bombing for Kids

The Blitz was the sustained strategic bombing of the United Kingdom by Germany during the Second World War. Between 7 September 1940 and 21 May…

Facts about The Battle of the Coral Sea for Kids

The Battle of the Coral Sea, fought from 4–8 May 1942, was a major naval battle in the Pacific Theater of World War 2 between…

Facts about The Battle of Waterloo for Kids

The Battle of Waterloo was fought on Sunday, 18 June 1815 near Waterloo in present-day Belgium, then part of the United Kingdom of the Netherlands….

Facts about the Battle of Midway for Kids

The Battle of Midway is widely regarded as the most important naval battle of the Pacific Campaign of World War 2. Between 4 and 7…

Facts about The Battle of Stalingrad for kids

The Battle of Stalingrad was a major and decisive battle of World War 2 in which Nazi Germany and its allies fought the Soviet Union…

Facts abou the Battle of Palo Alto For Kids

The Battle of Palo Alto was the first major battle of the Mexican-American War and was fought on May 8, 1846, on disputed ground five…

Facts about The Franco-Prussian War for Kids

The Franco-Prussian War or Franco-German War, often referred to in France as the War of 1870, was a conflict between the Second French Empire and…

Facts about The Luftwaffe for Kids

The Luftwaffe was the aerial warfare branch of the German Wehrmacht during World War 2. After the German Empire’s World War I-era army air force,…

Facts for Kids About the American Flag

The national flag of the United States of America is often simply referred to as the American flag, consisting of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of…

Facts about Seminole Indians for Kids

The Seminole are a Native American people originally of Florida, who now reside primarily there and in Oklahoma. The Seminole nation emerged in a process…

Facts about The Battle of Gettysburg for Kids

The Battle of Gettysburg, was fought July 1–3, 1863, in and around the town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. It was the battle with the largest number…

Facts about The Age of Discovery for Kids

The Age of Discovery, also known as the Age of Exploration, was a period starting in the early 15th century and continuing to the 17th…

Facts about The Wars of the Roses for Kids

The Wars of the Roses were a series of dynastic wars fought between supporters of two rival branches of the royal House of Plantagenet: the…

Facts about the Hundred Years’ War for Kids

The Hundred Years’ War was a series of conflicts waged from 1337 to 1453 between the Kings of France and the Kings of England and…

Facts about Slavery For Kids

Slavery is a system under which people are treated as property to be bought and sold, and are forced to work. Slaves can be held…

Facts about the Confederate Army for Kids

The Confederate States Army was the army of the Confederate States of America (or “Confederacy”) while the Confederacy existed during the American Civil War. On…

Facts about the Union Army For Kids

The Union Army was the land force that fought for the Union during the American Civil War. It consisted of the small United States Army,…

Facts about The Star Spangled Banner for Kids

The lyrics come from “Defense of Fort McHenry”, a poem written in 1814 by the 35-year-old lawyer and amateur poet, Francis Scott Key, after witnessing…

Facts about Austronesian-speaking People for Kids

The Austronesian-speaking peoples are various populations in Southeast Asia and Oceania that speak languages of the Austronesian family. They include Taiwanese aborigines; the majority ethnic…

Facts about The Bay of Pigs Invasion for Kids

The Bay of Pigs Invasion was an unsuccessful action by a CIA-trained force of Cuban exiles to invade southern Cuba, with support and encouragement from…

Facts about The Cuban Missile Crisis for Kids

The Cuban missile crisis—known as the October crisis in Cuba and the Caribbean crisis in the USSR—was a 13-day confrontation between the Soviet Union and…

List of All Wars The United States Has Been Involved In, The Date & Outcome

American Revolutionary War or American War of Independence Opponent(s): Great Britain Kingdom of Great Britain Loyalist Iroquois Cherokee NationCherokee Date: September 1, 1774 – September…

What caused Shays’ Rebellion?

Shays’ Rebellion began in the summer of 1786 and lasted through the spring of 1787. It took place in the western part of Massachusetts, although…

Where did the Highland games begin?

The Highland games have traditionally been a representation of Scottish and Celtic traditions and therefore originated in Scotland. The dates of the Highland games originate…

What role did women play in the labor movement?

During the 1960s and 1970s, American women clamored for the same working opportunities as men. This labor movement featured famous women such as Betty Friedan…

Why did William win the Battle of Hastings in 1066?

William the Conqueror won the Battle of Hastings (1066) through a combination of good preparation, better resources, strong leadership on his part, poor choices by…

Why did people go on pilgrimages in the Middle Ages?

A pilgrimage is a physical and a spiritual journey to a sacred site, either a church or a place where a saint may have appeared…

What are traditional Mexican religious pilgrimages?

From medieval times until the present day, Christians have made pilgrimages to holy places, churches or sites where saints are said to have appeared or…

The Educational System of the 19th Century During the Civil War

In 19th century America, people believed that the education of children was essential. Most of the foundation for education began in the home. A popular…

Family Life in Atlantic America During the Civil War

Family life in Atlantic America underwent a dramatic change during the Civil War. While many of the people in the North were still farming, there…

The Growth of the United States During the 19th Century

At the time of the 19th century, the United States was essentially all rural. Less than six percent of the entire population of 5 million…

Causes of the Agricultural Revolution

What might be deemed the first agricultural revolution was when prehistoric man discovered how to cultivate his own food. This marked the move from a…

Plane Crashes of the 1970s

Commercial Plane Crashes in 1970 February 15 – Contaminated fuel causes dual engine failure shortly after takeoff from Las Américas International Airport near Santo Domingo,…

List of Inventors: Inventions, Patent Number, Date of Invention

List of Inventors and Their Popular Inventions Albert Kingsbury Born Where: United States Field Of Study: Engineering, Invention Albert Kingsbury is famous for inventing what:…

United States Presidents Trivia

Interesting trivia of the American presidents including their firsts, destinies and feats. Alongside their First Ladies, they are no more than gods but ordinary mortals….

Pony Express: History, Facts, and Resources

1. What is the Pony Express? The Pony Express was America’s first mail service that crossed the Great Plains and the Rocky Mountains. It spanned…

The Silk Road History

What was the Silk Road The Silk Road was the name given to a vast network of trade routes beginning in China and extending across…

Egyptians: Facts, Timeline, and Resources

1. When did the ancient Egyptians rule from and until? Ancient Egyptians spanned many eras during their history, from the Predynastic era beginning in 3500…

Female Winners of The Nobel Prize

Two years after the Nobel Foundation was established in 1901, a Nobel Prize was awarded to Marie Curie in Physics for the first time in…

Pearl Harbor Attack: Facts, History, Timeline, and Resources

History and Facts About the Attack on Pearl Harbor What events were leading up to the bombing of Pearl Harbor? In 1939 President Roosevelt cancelled…

List of Time’s Person of the Year from 1927 – 2010

List of Time’s Person of the Year from 1927 – 2009 Time’s person of the year in 1927: Charles Lindbergh Charles Lindbergh made the first…

The Mayflower: Facts and List of Crew and Passengers

The Mayflower Boat Facts and Information This is a list of the passengers on board the Mayflower and resources about its trans-Atlantic voyage of September…

The 10 First and 10 Last U.S. States To Be Admitted

The 10 first U.S. States according to date of entry to the American Union spans between December 7, 1787 to June 25, 1788, with Delaware…

Top 10 Youngest and Oldest Nobel Prize Winners

The Nobel Prize is an international award administered by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden. It is founded by Alfred Nobel, a Swedish chemist, inventor…

Nobel Prize

What is the Nobel Prize? Every year since 1901 the Nobel Prize has been awarded for achievements in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and…

Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria: Facts, Song, and Resources

Having gotten permission and funds from Ferdinand and Isabella Columbus set about outfitting a little fleet for a trip across the “Ocean Sea” to find…

Telephone Inventors Alexander Bell, Antonio Meucci and Elisha Gray

The name of Alexander Graham Bell has been synonymous to telephone since having been generally credited as father of the telephone or its inventor. However,…

Humanism Affect on Renaissance Art of the 14th Century

How Did Humanism Affect Renaissance Art? The term “humanism,” in its historical sense, comprises an educational and cultural movement that swept through Europe during the…

Mayan Calendar: Facts, Information, and Resources

Among their other accomplishments, the ancient Mayas invented a calendar of remarkable accuracy and complexity. The calendar systems reflect the agricultural, political and ritual needs…

List of People Who Died During The Sinking of the Titanic

Titanic British passenger liner that sank on her maiden voyage on April 14–15, 1912. The largest vessel of her time, she was sailing from Southampton…

13 Original Colonies: Facts, Order They Were Founded, and Resources

What were the original 13 colonies? When were they founded? What are the 13 original colonies in order? The original thirteen colonies were Connecticut, Delaware,…

Brief History of the Vietnam War

Brief History of the Vietnam War The Vietnam War, sometimes called the Second Indochina War, grew out of a long conflict between the countries of…

List of Influential Woman in Sports

While they do not often get as much credit as men, women in sports have been documented even in the B.C.’s. There are many popular…

Whiskey Rebellion: Causes, History, and Resources

What was the Whiskey Rebellion? The Whiskey Rebellion was a popular uprising in 1794, but its roots go back to the Revolutionary War. The war…

List of Famous Canadian Women Throughout History

Becoming famous can sometime evolve without notice due to a viewpoint or just luck. Sometimes it is earned in the political arena, sometimes it is…

List of Famous Speeches Throughout History

American history is built on words that were once spoken and recorded in delicate detail. American oratory can speak beyond that specific moment and reach…

Roman Architecture: History, Fun Facts, and Resources

Roman architecture refers to the buildings created during the height of the Roman empire. Design was a major facet of these buildings and often included…

African Kings: List of the Most Popular Kings and Resources

Africa is a diverse and rich continent, and its people differ as much as its terrain. An escorted tour may take you to the deep…

People of the Stone Age: Fun Facts and Resources

What is the Stone Age “Stone Age” is a term used to refer to prehistoric times, beginning when humans started to make tools and weapons…

List of Animals of the Stone Age

What Animals Lived During the Stone Age? The Stone Age was comprised of three dominant eras: the Paleolithic era, Mesolithic era, and the Neolithic era….

Labor Unions In America: History, Pros, Cons, and Resources

What are Labor Unions? Unions are recognized today as the legal representatives of workers in many industries. Unions have been a part of the American…

Harlem Renaissance: Fun Facts, Information, and Resources

What Was the Harlem Renaissance? A New York neighborhood called Harlem was the center of an African American cultural renaissance from the end of World…

The Murder of Lord Darnley, Husband of Mary Queen of Scots

The murder of Darnley, second husband of Mary, Queen of Scots, had far-reaching implications. Historians differ over whether Mary was involved in the plot or…

The American Civil War: Facts, Timeline, and Resources

When Did the Civil War Start? The American Civil War started on April 12, 1861. When Did the Civil War end? The American Civil War…

The Mafia: History and Resources

Mafia is a word that has struck fear into the hearts of many. Though the word itself only originated in the nineteenth century, the system,…

Hiroshima Bombing: Timeline, Facts, and Resources

There are not many events which affected the world like the bombing of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945. On this day, the 393rd Bombardment Squadron…

Shipwrecks: Resources and Their Effects on Sea Life

Worldwide, there have been more than 3 million shipwrecks since the first ship set sail that were either destroyed at sea or that ran aground…

The Guillotine: History and Resources

The guillotine is a well known device that was used in France, mainly during the French Revolution. The guillotine was used for carrying out executions…

The Battle of San Jacinto: Facts, History, and Resources

Why did the battle of San Jacinto take place? The Battle of San Jacinto, fought on April 21, 1836, was the last battle in the…

Stone Age Habitats Resources For Students, Teachers, and Kids

The Stone Age is the period of time beginning about 600,000 to 700,000 years ago and ending around 6,000 BC. It is divided into three…

Cherokee Indians: Facts and Information

The Cherokee are a group of Native Americans who used to live in the southern part of the Appalachian Mountains. Their territories covered the western…

1950′s: History, Entertainment, Resources

The end of World War II had a tremendous impact on the culture of America all throughout the 50s. With new hope and the chance…

Myths and Legends: History and Resources

As a human race we are always interested in how things were formed, where they came from, what we have seen or thought we saw,…

Resources about Slavery and Religion For Students, Teachers, and Kids

The history of slavery and religion in America are closely related. The slave trade itself started as early as the 15th century, though it took…

List of People Who Signed the Declaration of Independence

What is the Declaration of Independence The United States Declaration of Independence is a statement adopted by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, which…

Boston Tea Party: Fun and Interesting Facts

Over three hundred cases of English tea were thrown into the harbor in Boston on December 16, 1773. Three ships that were docked at the…

Vikings: History, Facts, and Resources

Vikings were a band of people that lived in the Scandinavian region. For over a thousand years the Viking culture was a land based culture…

WW1: History, Facts, and Resources

World War I, also known as the Great War and the War to End All Wars, started in 1914 and continued until 1918. At the…

Resources for Secondary History Teachers

A teacher of secondary level history students is always looking for fresh ways to convey a lesson to his or her class. There are many…

Free History Resources For Students, Teachers, and Kids

Top 10 History Resources With so much information on the worldwide web that pertains to learning, and in particular geographic learning, a person can easily…

Cold War: A Brief History, Timeline, and Resources

The Cold War occurred between the United States and the Soviet Union spanned from shortly after World War II ended until the early 1990s. The…