more about the state of the nation from 1800 to the 1850s.
Making of America
See how the new nation developed, from its beginnings to the
War of 1812
Find out more about the second war between the United States
and Great Britain.
Why was it called the Missouri Compromise? Find out what
other state came into the Union along with Missouri. The
background, details, and links to the text of the Compromise
can be found in this historically accurate, easy-to-read
The Great Moon Hoax of 1835 The New York Sun printed a series of articles that became known as the Great Moon Hoax, beginning on August 25, 1835. Among the claims were that Earth’s Moon contained the trappings of civilization, including animal life and even buildings. The series of six articles ran on consecutive days, and people believed the fantastic claims, so much so that circulation of the newspaper skyrocketed and the articles were reprinted in other countries around the world. One Italian publication even created lithographs of the exotic wildlife described.
The Erie Canal
How the Erie Canal was created and financed is the story of one man's desire and many people's skepticism. That one man was New York Gov. DeWitt Clinton. His opponents called the Erie Canal "Clinton's Folly," but Clinton had the last laugh, as the Canal became one of the nation's busiest waterways and most enduring symbols of rising industrial might.