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Abraham Clark, Founding Father, New Jersey, NYPL

Abraham Clark

Abraham Clark was a Founding Father and Signer of the Declaration of Independence, as a delegate from New Jersey.

William Floyd, Founding Father, New York, Portrait

William Floyd

William Floyd was a Founding Father and Signer of the Declaration of Independence, as a delegate from New York.

William Ellery, Founding Father, Rhode Island, NYPL

William Ellery

William Ellery was a Founding Father and Signer of the Declaration of Independence, as a delegate from Rhode Island.

Sugar Plantation, West Indies, Illustration

Slavery in the British Colonies

APUSH Unit 2, Topic 2.6 covers concepts related to the establishment and expansion of slavery in the British Colonies.

Jane Addams, 1906, Portrait, NPG

Jane Addams

Jane Addams was a pioneer in the field of social reform and leader in the Settlement House Movement. She is most famous for founding Hull House and for being the first American woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Colonial America and the French and Indian War

Salem Witch Trials, Howard Pyle

Salem Witch Trials (1692–1693)

The famous Witchcraft Crisis took place in Salem Village in 1692–1693.

William Brewster, Painting

Separatists (Pilgrims)

Puritan Separatists — the Pilgrims — left Europe and sailed to America for Religious Freedom.

Battle of Lake George, Johnson Saving Dieskau

Battle of Lake George (1755)

Learn about the intense battle from the French and Indian war that included the Bloody Morning Scout, the Bloody Pond, and the death of King Hendrick.

AmericaN Revolution and the Revolutionary war

Boston Massacre, 1770, Lantern Slide, DCMNY

Boston Massacre, APUSH

APUSH study guide for the Boston Massacre, the first bloodshed of the American Revolution.

Boston Massacre, 1770, Lantern Slide, DCMNY

Boston Massacre (1770)

When British troops fired into a crowd and killed colonists, Samuel Adams called it “The Boston Massacre.”

General Nathanael Greene, Portrait, Illustration

Nathanael Greene

Greene was a master strategist and a hero who helped lead American forces to a stunning victory in the Southern Theater.

Secession, Civil War, and Reconstruction

Philip Sheridan, General

Battle of Fisher’s Hill

The Union victory at the Battle of Fisher’s Hill opened up the Shenandoah Valley and led to “The Burning,” Philip Sheridan’s scorched earth campaign.

John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln Assassin, Portrait

Lincoln Assassination

On April 14, 1865, John Wilkes struck a blow for the Confederacy when he shot Abraham Lincoln at Ford’s Theater

Abraham Lincoln, Portrait, Gardner

Emancipation Proclamation

Lincoln’s proclamation freed enslaved people in areas that were in rebellion against the United States.