The U.S. Capitol building has served as the seat of Congress for over 200 years.
It seems like there's always something big going on in the United States. From business to politics to culture, it can be hard to get a grip on it all. Infoplease is here to help.
Major historical events from ancient times to the present
Timelines, colonial America, the early Congresses, the history of the U.S. flag and symbols, primer on the Constitution, and more
Read the texts of the Mayflower Compact, Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, Emancipation Proclamation, notable speeches, and more
U.S. Historic Monuments
The history of famous landmarks, including the Washington Monument, Mt. Rushmore, the Liberty Bell, the Statue of Liberty, and more
Summaries of major events in U.S. and world history, disasters, entertainment, science, society, and more
Biographies, inaugural speeches and presidential addresses, info on the families of the presidents, and more
Stats and facts on elections and voting, results of Senate and House races, list of governors, and more
Members of the Senate and House, minorities in Congress, powers of each branch, government agencies, impeachment facts, and more
Members past and present of the Court, landmark cases, facts about the Court, and more
|Encyclopedia: History | Government
Search the entire Columbia Encyclopedia for more topics.
|This Day in History|
Here are the facts and trivia that people are buzzing about.