The US Congress for Kids: Over 200 Years of Lawmaking, Deal-Breaking, and Compromising, with 21 Activities (For Kids series)

The US Congress for Kids: Over 200 Years of Lawmaking, Deal-Breaking, and Compromising, with 21 Activities (For Kids series)

Language: English

Pages: 144

ISBN: 1613749775

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

An interactive guidebook to the history and inner workings of the legislative branch of the U.S. Government


Providing a historical perspective on all that is going on today, US Congress for Kids examines the major milestones in congressional history, including the abolition of slavery, extending the vote to African Americans and to women, and investigating misconduct in both government and private institutions. Kids will be engaged by the focus on dramatic stories, personalities, and turning points while also benefitting from the clear discussions of Congressional purpose, structure, history, and ongoing issues. Educational, hands-on activities that illuminate the workings of the U.S. Congress include making a House ceremonial mace, creating congressional money, making a capitol dome, and designing a Congressional Medal of Honor.




















other hand, a group of Radical Republicans in Congress, led by Representative Thaddeus Stevens, argued that the 11 former Confederate states, having seceded from the Union, had committed “state suicide” and were now conquered territories. They would be admitted back into the Union only if they ensured the civil rights and liberties of the freedmen (former slaves). Johnson did not favor what he felt was this too drastic approach. He vetoed the Freedmen’s Bureau Bill, which, among other things,

unbossed.” Indeed, in her seven terms in Congress (1969–1982), Representative Chisholm was never afraid of a good fight. She championed equal rights for women, the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution, extension of the minimum wage to domestic workers, and federal day-care facilities. Chisholm was an unabashed liberal who would “fight the good fight” every day she remained in Congress. When Chisholm first arrived as a member of the House of Representatives, she immediately challenged the

slavery. African American men, women, and children being auctioned off in front of a crowd.  Library of Congress LC-cph 3a6254 A Short-Lived Victory During the battle for independence, in mid1776, the 13 British colonies, through their Continental Congress, drafted the Articles of Confederation. The Articles proved to be a weak form of government. They provided for no executive, no judiciary, and a virtually powerless Congress. Six years after the war ended, in 1787, a convention was called to

revise the Articles of Confederation. It was soon realized, however, that a whole new form of government was required. It was at this Philadelphia Convention, over a four-month period, that a new 3 Interior-US Congress for Kids.indd 3 8/29/14 2:33 PM Constitution was drafted. On March 4, 1789, The US Constitution included a curious prothe new government, formed by the recently vision on the abolition (elimination) of the slave (1788) ratified (formally approved) Constitu- trade. The

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