In the early 18th century, most people around the world accepted that monarchies – governments ruled by kings and queens – were just how human societies operated. But in the 1770s, the leaders of the Thirteen Colonies got some bold ideas. What would happen, they wondered, if all people were treated equally in the eyes of the law, rather than having cultures warped to bend to the contrived powers of a crown? That kind of thinking evolved into the American Revolution, the Declaration of Independence, and the U.S. Constitution. In this quiz, what do you really know about the American experiment?
Once the Constitution took hold, Americans began overhauling the way their society operated. With a representative government, everything changed. What do you know about the formation of early American institutions?
After the Louisiana Purchase in the early 1800s, America’s size doubled overnight. Settlers of all kinds spread throughout the new lands. What do you know about the vast riches and conflicts that inevitably arose in the Old West?
From Fort Sumter to Normandy, to New York City and Seattle, America is a sprawling place with a chaotic and inspiring history. Take our tough American history quiz now!