On September 9, 1776, the Second Continental Congress adopted a new name for what had been called “the United Colonies.” The moniker United States of America has remained since then as a symbol of freedom and independence.
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On September 5, 1774, the first Continental Congress in the United States met in Philadelphia to consider its reaction to the British government’s restraints on trade and representative government after the Boston Tea Party.
On this day in 1789, George Washington signed into law that act created the Treasury Department, a move became crucial to America’s survival but also created a constitutional debate about federal powers that remains with us today.
How different would America have been without a hurricane that hit St. Croix in late August 1772? Without it, Alexander Hamilton may never have never shaped this country’s history.
In recent days, there’s been a big demand for small printed “pocket constitutions” as part of an ongoing debate in the presidential race. We decided to look into the history of pocket constitutions and their symbolic and practical meaning.