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U.S. Political History

American political history is both ignominious and uplifting. The American people have witnessed sex scandals and corruption, but also principled leadership and selfless sacrifice. Here, you can learn about the important moments in U.S. political history that, for better or worse, continue to shape our lives today.
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Why Presidents Can Serve Only Two Terms
Find out why presidents can serve only two terms in office. Learn about the reasons behind the presidential term limit. See which amendment to the the U.S. Constitution allows president to serve only two terms.

Inaugural Ball History
Read a history of inaugural balls in presidential politics. Find out when the first inaugural ball was held. Discover who throws and pays for the many inaugural balls.

The Republican Contract With America
The Contract with America was developed by the U.S. Republican Party during the 1994 Congressional election campaign, the first mid-term election of the Clinton Administration. It was signed by all but two incumbent Republican Representatives and all non-incumbent Republican Congressional candidates.

Politics and The Olympics
The Olympic games are reknowned as a global event that transcended politics. However, political actions on the part of athletes and nations have colored the quadrennial games. Read on for a brief history, followed by highlights of games marked by politics. The U.S. has played a role in three of those "political" games.

Sex and Politics In America
When sex is involved, Americans and the media respond to political entanglements with a Puritanical bent. This article provides an overview of US political sex scandals.

What Is Black History Month?
The roots of February as Black History Month rest in "Negro History Week," an initiative of Dr. Carter G. Woodson.

What Is The Emancipation Proclamation?
The Emancipation Proclamation consists of two executive orders issued by U.S. President Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War. These orders did not end slavery; that happened on 18 December 1865 with the passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution.

What is a Brokered Convention?
Find out what a brokered convention is in presidential politics. See why and when brokered conventions occurred. Learn why they are rare in modern history.

The First Electoral College Tie
Read about the first Electoral College tie in American political history. Find out how an Electoral College tie is broken. See which American president emerged victorious after the first Electoral College tie.

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