Studies show that only one in three Americans can pass the basic history test that new immigrants to this country must pass during the naturalization process. Take our quiz to test your knowledge of America and its proud history!
Abraham Lincoln was president during this war.
Sixteenth President Abraham Lincoln led the nation during the Civil War. He is known not only for helping to reunite the country, but also for freeing the slaves via the Emancipation Proclamation. Lincoln was assassinated in 1865.
The Revolutionary War was a battle between American colonies and Great Britain. The colonists wanted greater rights and fewer taxes, and declared independence from England in 1776. The colonists were victorious, and Great Britain recognized the U.S. as an independent nation in 1783.
The Bill of Rights is the name given to the first ten amendments to the U.S. Constitution. It includes things like freedom of speech and the right to bear arms. The Bill of Rights was written by James Madison and ratified in 1791.
The Constitution forms the basis of government in the U.S. It was written and signed in 1787. The document contains seven articles which cover everything from the three branches of government to the difference in rights and responsibilities between the states and the federal government.
Sponsored by the Spanish crown, Columbus sailed to the New World in 1492. While he was trying to reach the West Indies, he ended up in the Caribbean. He didn't exactly discover America -- millions of natives already lived there -- but he did pave the way for colonists and conquistadors.
What was the mid-20th century war between the U.S. and the Soviets known as?
War of 1950
The U.S. and the Soviets went through a Cold War starting in the 1950s. It started after the U.S. dropped atomic bombs on Japan, which spurred the Soviets to test their own atom bomb. The nuclear arms race led to intense tension between the two nations for decades.
Where did an infamous Tea Party take place in 1773?
Tensions between British colonists and the mother land mounted during the 18th century. To protest increased taxation and lack of representation, the colonists emptied a ship of tea and threw it into Boston Harbor. The infamous Boston Tea Party took place on December 16, 1773.
Who wrote the lyrics to the "Star-Spangled Banner?"
Francis Scott Key
During the war of 1812, Francis Scott Key watched as Ft. McHenry was bombed throughout the night during the Battle of Baltimore. Proud to see Old Glory remain aloft, he wrote the lyrics to the "Star-Spangled Banner" in September 1814.
October 29, 1929 is known as Black Tuesday because it was the date of a major stock market crash that plunged the nation into a Great Depression. When Franklin Roosevelt took office in 1933, he instituted a series of policies aimed at rebuilding the economy. Today, this eight-year process is known as the New Deal.
The U.S. president is elected to a four-year term. Franklin Roosevelt was elected to the position four times -- the most of any president. The position is now capped at two consecutive terms, so no one can serve for more than eight years.
Which president is associated with the Watergate scandal?
Richard Nixon found himself in hot water after a break-in at the Watergate complex in Washington, D.C. in 1972. He resigned the presidency on August 9, 1974, and was later pardoned for his crimes by Gerald Ford.
What year did women in the U.S. win the right to vote?
The 19th Amendment, passed in 1920, gave --white -- U.S. women the right to vote. While African-Americans technically got the right to vote in 1870, many didn't actually get to cast a ballot until the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
The U.S. sent troops to Vietnam in 1965 to protect the southern part of the country from the Communist north. By the time the Vietnam War ended in 1975, more than 3 million people were dead, including 58,000 Americans.
What year did Al-Qaeda fly planes into the World Trade Center in NYC?
A group of Al-Qaeda militants killed 3,000 people when they hijacked planes and flew them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001. The event spurred a major war in the Middle East.
What year did the U.S. elect its first black president?
Barack Obama was a senator from Illinois when he was elected the first black U.S. president on November 4, 2008. He was also the first president born outside the continental U.S. thanks to his birth on the island of Hawaii.