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The New American Nation


The Alien and Sedition Acts
Find out more about these laws that restricted the freedoms of so many people in the early history of the United States.

The XYZ Affair
What was this strange episode? Why were the man called X, Y, and Z? Did it cost John Adams his job? Find out more.

John Jay
He was an author of the Federalist Papers and the first Chief Justice of the United States.

The Jay Treaty
The Jay Treaty closed off several outstanding issues from the treaty that ended the Revolutionary War and, in the process, became an intense dispute between the nation's first two political parties.

Lewis and Clark
Get details on the expedition, profiles of the leaders and of Sacagawea, maps, current explorations, and much more!

How Haiti Saved the United States
A little more than 200 years ago, a slave revolution in Haiti saved the young, fragile country known as the United States of America. Leading the way in these historic times was a former slave named Toussaint L'Overture. His is a fascinating story. Read more about him, his efforts, and find out how Haiti saved the United States.

The Louisiana Purchase
This land buy doubled the territory of the United States. Find out how it came about and how much it cost.

"Old Ironsides": The Unsinkable Ship
The U.S.S. Constitution, called "Old Ironsides" because shots seemed to bounce off its thick wooden hull, was a warhorse, capturing more than 24 enemy ships in the War of 1812 alone.
It also helped fend off the troublesome Barbary Pirates.

The Missouri Compromise
Congress couldn't decide what to do with two new states: Missouri and Maine. One wanted slavery, and the other didn't. What to do?

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