Printable worksheets that look at fundamental events and people, throughout history, that have shaped and tested the United States Government.

The United States is unique in that so many cultures have had a huge impact in formation of what is known as cultural norms in America. This is sometimes referred to as a Melting Pot. Because of the wide scale input in forming the culture it is not difficult to see why the American Culture influences some many other cultures worldwide. This leads Americans to think that their culture is often the best or world standard, but we should look at the faults of the American culture. Americans often think bigger is better, where most of the world is all about being practical and compact. Americans see eating as a task where most other cultures see it as an opportunity to communicate with others and share new ideas.

The worksheets focus on many key factors that have helped form the American culture. Most of the worksheets are basic overviews of the event or person that put time in to create what is now known as the American norm.

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Alaska Purchase - Reading Worksheet

On March 30, 1867, Secretary of State William H. Seward agreed to purchase Alaska from Russia for $7.2 million. Do you think this was too much to pay for a piece of land that was mostly unexplored?

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Alaska Purchase Questions

Who did he purchase Alaska from? How much did he pay for Alaska? What was the nickname given to this purchase? How much did the purchase increase America� size by?

Benjamin Franklin Passage

Franklin was born in Massachusetts and learned printing from his older brother and worked for the local newspapers. He published works of literature such the Pennsylvania Gazette and Poor Richards Almanac. Not only was Benjamin Franklin known as one of them most important Founding fathers in American but he was also a well known printer, satirist, political theorist, politician, scientist, inventor, civil activist, statesman and diplomat.

Franklin Questions

List 8 accomplishments that Franklin is known to have made in his life.

The Industrial Revolution Passage

The Industrial Revolution was a period in the 18th and 19th century where major changes in agriculture, manufacturing, transportation had a profound effect on society.

The Industrial Revolution Assignment

Write one paragraph telling how the Industrial Revolution changed the society of America and other countries such as England and France.

Roe vs. Wade Reading

This was one of the biggest rulings ever issued by the U.S. Supreme Court and one of the most controversial---it is still being passionately discussed in the present day. This ruling, decided by a 7-2 vote, held that laws outlawing abortion went against the U.S. Constitution.

Stock Market Crash - Reading Worksheet

The Stock Market Crash was a sharp decline in U.S. stock market values in 1929 that contributed to the Great Depression of the 1930s. The Great Depression lasted approximately 10 years and affected both industrialized and non-industrialized countries in many parts of the world. During the mid- to late 1920s, the stock market in the United States underwent rapid expansion.

Stock Market Crash Questions

What was the Stock Market Crash? How long did the Great Depression last?

The Cold War

There is some disagreement over what started the beginning of the Cold War. While most historians say that it began in the period just after World War II, some say that it began towards the end of World War I, though tensions between Russia/USSR and Britain and the United States date back to the middle of the 19th century.

The Great Depression

The Great Depression was a time of sadness and poverty that began after the Stock Market Crash on October 29, 1929. At that time Herbert Hoover was president of the United States. The Great depression lasted until 1939. It was the longest and most severe depression ever experienced by the industrialized Western world, sparking changes in economic institutions, world policies, and economic theory.

Washington D.C.

Washington, D.C. is the capital of the United States. It is coterminous with the District of Columbia (abbreviated as "D.C."). The city and the district are located on the banks of the Potomac River and bordered by the states of Virginia (to the west) and Maryland (to the north, east and south).

Pearl Harbor

The Japanese thought by bombing Pearl Harbor they would eliminate our military forces. The attack destroyed 2 U.S. navy battleships and damaged 3 others.

Pearl Harbor Day

The Japanese attack was carried out in order to neutralize the American Pacific Fleet so that Japan could expand in the area. Almost 2,400 American forces were killed in the attacks and many battleships were destroyed. Because of this attack, the United States was drawn into World War II.