Social Studies for Kids

March 9, 2009

The Declaration of Independence: Cry for Freedom
The Declaration of Independence was a brave act of freedom by American colonists fighting a war against Great Britain. This easy-to-understand article gives you the before, during, and after.

Text of the Declaration of Independence
Read the full text of the Declaration for yourself!

The Making of the Constitution
This very helpful article examines the causes, difficulties, and results of the Constitutional Convention, the Bill of Rights, and more. Excellent resource!

Text of the Constitution
ALL the words, organized by Article and Amendment! This is THE best way to read the Constitution.

Our Journey West
Follow the adventures of young Sarah Marshall as she travels with her family across America on the Oregon Trail in the mid-19th Century. Buffalo hunts, cattle drives, river fords, canoe rides, Indian encounters are all on the menu here, seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old. This book really shows how young people went through life during this period in history.
The First Telephone Call
It happened on March 10, 1876. Alexander Graham Bell summoned his assistant, Mr. Watson, to the next room by telephone.

Mr. Watson, of course, was Thomas Watson, a mechanic who had a knack for making reality out of theory. He and Bell worked on the "multiple harmonic telegraph" for many weeks before Bell had the idea to develop a telephone. The first device to transmit speech vibrations electrically between two receivers was successfully in June 1875. No one could understand anything as words, but the sounds did go through.

Click on the headline above to read the rest of the story.

Commanding Heights
In this era of increasing globalization, it's difficult sometimes to keep track of just how many things affect the economy of countries everywhere around the world. This site, a companion to the PBS documentary, helps you do just that, focusing on countries, ideas, storyline, key events, and much more.