Government Story Briefs

Governments include dictatorships and democracies, parliaments and congresses. More than a system of rules and regulations, they help civilized people to live together peacefully. These stories explore different forms of government.

Aaron Burr became America's third Vice President in 1800. He has an interesting history, but not all of it is pleasant!

Born on the 12th of February, in 1809, Abraham Lincoln was America's 16th president. For many people, this man with humble beginnings was the greatest...

On October 25, 1962, Adlai Stevenson confronts Soviet Ambassador Zorin in the United Nations. The US, says Stevenson, is prepared to "wait until hell ...

On August 16, 1896 prospectors find gold in Alaska. The Trump fortune got its start as a result.

Alexander Hamilton had words of advice in a deadlocked political battle. He's now the subject of a major musical. Watch how it all started in this vid...

America is still a young country when the newly formed federal government passes an excise tax on the production of whiskey. Rebellion quickly follow...

Kapu means rules and learn how Hawaiians lived with them!

Andrew Jackson was America's 7th President. This portrait of him, by Thomas Sully, was created in 1824.

Some decisions by Andrew Jackson (1829-1837), America's seventh president, greatly disturbed Native Americans. Among the results, of those decisions, ...

William Blake (1757-1827) was a young man, in his late teens, when he witnessed the "Gordon Riots" in London.

This image depicts The Apotheosis of Washington - a very large fresco on the ceiling of the U.S. Capitol Building.

The Articles of Confederation were adopted by the American Continental Congress on November 15, 1777. These Articles were replaced by the U.S. Constit...

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