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  1. The U.S. Capitol

    The U.S. Capitol

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    Come on an insider's tour of the building where the laws of the land are discussed and written. Learn some amazing facts about the Capitol and the people who've worked there. Meet the Senators and Representatives who are there, working for you. Learn More
  2. CHILDREN'S VOICES IN GOVERNMENT

    CHILDREN'S VOICES IN GOVERNMENT

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    Let these pages motivate you with their examination some of the young people who have been making contributions for the greater good throughout history. Articles include advice on making yourself heard, tips on petition writing and suggestions on books to read for further information on taking action. Whether it’s helping the homeless, fighting nuclear weapons, or writing your representatives, the information in this issue is inspiring. .cob9312t Learn More
  3. CONSTITUTION: CELEBRATING

    CONSTITUTION: CELEBRATING

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    Important aspects of the convention are covered in this second issue featuring the Constitution. The events leading up to the convention, people who attended – or did not – some of the important highlights and the activities that occupied the delegates when they weren’t convening are given particular attention. The battle for ratification and the lack of newspaper coverage as well as plenty of obscure facts are revealed along with a helpful, four-page time line to set the record straight. .cob8709t Learn More
  4. GREAT DEBATES

    GREAT DEBATES

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    Deliberate over some of the great debates that have taken place in our country's history in this memorable issue. Read detailed articles on Calhoun vs. Randolph, the Lincoln Douglas debates, and the first-ever televised series of debates between Richard M. Nixon and John F. Kennedy. Meet William Jennings Bryan and consider some of the biggest questions in history that could not be answered simply just by finding out the facts.cob8701t Learn More
  5. U.S. SENATE

    U.S. SENATE

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    Take a tour of the U.S. Senate and find out who the senators are and what they do in this comprehensive study. Features include The Old Senate Chamber from 1810-1859; Senate Hall of Fame, Who Was Really the First Woman Senator?; Making a Law; Running Errands for Congress; and The Filibuster and the Senate. Try a recipe for Senate Bean Soup, meet a page, and test tips on how to write a state senator. cob8411t Learn More
  6. Check Out the Library of Congress

    Check Out the Library of Congress

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    The cover of this month's issue of Cobblestone is just a sampling of the many different things that can be found at the Library of Congress. In this month's issue you'll have fun discovering about the library and its unique collections.From a 500 year old Mexican codex, to records and music manuscripts, to the world's largest collection of comic books, there's something to interest everyone! Learn More
  7. Hamilton vs. Jefferson: Rise of Political Parties

    Hamilton vs. Jefferson: Rise of Political Parties

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    It has been an exciting election year, but wait until you see this month's issue! Even though nearly all of the Founding Fathers were suspicious of political parties and considered them dangerous, it didn't take long for them to become a permanent part of the election process. In the September issue, we take a look at the rise of political parties, which basically rose through the differences of opinion between Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. We see how party loyalties almost destroyed a valued friendship between two great Americans. We trace the roots of our two major parties today, and we describe the rise and fall -- and role -- of third parties in our political process. The experts chime in on the pros and cons of political parties. There's a crossword puzzle and a fun cartoon contest -- we provide the art, you provide the caption. Plus Dr. D's got a great mystery hero, and Ebenezer and the Colonel have big plans in the forest. Correction: Page 24, 54-40 for Fight slogan
    This famous slogan has long been associated with the 1844 election of Democrat James K. Polk, but it actually did not appear until two years later, in 1846. Polk won election by promising to negotiate with Great Britain to set the United States’ northwest boundary at latitude 54 degrees 40 minutes. At the time, Britain claimed the land in dispute.Once elected, however, Polk appeared willing to compromise with Britain for a northern boundary of 49 degrees latitude, much farther south than he had promised. Some Americans continued to push for the original northern boundary of latitude 54 degrees 40 minutes. The above slogan comes from the heated political debate that raged in 1846. The remaining land is now part of Canada.
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  8. Congress: Government of the People

    Congress: Government of the People

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    Our U.S. government has three distinct branches: the legislative, the executive, and the judicial. The legislative branch is filled by Congress, which is divided into two houses - the Senate and the House of Representatives. In the January issue, COBBLESTONE (R) explores Congress's powers and limits and why the Founders considered it the most important branch of the government. We'll also review who can serve in each house, how a bill makes its way through the legislative process, what it means to serve on a committee, and take a look at some major laws the Congress has passed over the years. Of course, we'll take a quick "tour" of the Capitol, the place where most of the action takes place. And we've included an activity with some simplified rules on how to make group decisions using parliamentary-style procedures. Learn More
  9. NATIONAL ARCHIVES

    NATIONAL ARCHIVES

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    The National Archives celebrates the renovation of its building on the Mall in Washington, D.C. in the fall of 2003. In partnership with the staff at the National Archives, COBBLESTONE devotes this issue to an inside look at the Archives's role in preserving our nation's history. With its 33 facilities nationwide, the Archives holds an enormous amount of documents, photographs, maps, film footage, and more. Articles in the issue include an introduction to the facility's history, a behind-the-scenes look at the renovation of Archives I and the restoration of the murals that hang there, as well as some history about the Charters of Freedom. We invited several archivists to share some of their stories of the different types of research they have done. There also are descriptions of who uses these facilities, who works there, and how documents are preserved, and a couple of photo essays offering just a glimpse of the range of materials you can find at the National Archives that we think will amaze and fascinate you. /cob0309t /cob0309t_2 Learn More
  10. BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT

    BRANCHES OF GOVERNMENT

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    How does our federal government work? Who makes the rules? In this issue, we look at the three arms of our federal government: the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. A couple of articles in this issue will give you some background information. One defines the responsibilities of the three branches. Another provides some information about what our Founding Fathers were thinking in 1787 when they laid the groundwork for our new country's government. Then, there are several articles that try to provide famous examples of how the branches balanced or checked each other. There also is a look at the path that a bill takes as it makes its way to become a law, and how the different branches are involved in that process. /cob0301t Learn More

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