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War of 1812

June 13, 2012 by | 1 Comment

On June 18, 1812, the United States declared war on Great Britain officially launching the War of 1812. In the 200 years since, it has become a forgotten war, perhaps best remembered by school children as when The Star-Spangled Banner … Continue reading

The Featured Spotlight

May 23, 2012 by | Comments Off on The Featured Spotlight

Last fall, Fold3 introduced Featured Spotlight, a section of our home page showcasing intriguing historical events and images. Updated a few times each week, the Featured Spotlight has become a fresh and engaging focal point for site visitors as we … Continue reading

The Homestead Act

May 2, 2012 by | Comments Off on The Homestead Act

President Lincoln signed the Homestead Act on May 20, 1862. It was “an act to secure homesteads to actual settlers on the public domain,” and increased westward expansion through settlement of surveyed government lands in thirty states. The law allowed … Continue reading