What Does it Take to Become President?

Becoming president isn’t easy.
The road to becoming the president of the United States is long and difficult.… Continue Reading

Franklin Pierce: the 14th President

Franklin Pierce took office in 1853.
Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) was born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, on November 23, 1804. He… Continue Reading

Why Do Police Give the Miranda Warning?

Police have to tell people their rights when they’re arrested.
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can, and will, be… Continue Reading

Iowa: The 29th State

Iowa joined the Union in 1846.
Iowa, also known as the Hawkeye State, became the 29th state added to the… Continue Reading

Millard Fillmore: The 13th President

Fillmore became president after Zachary Taylor died in office.
Millard Fillmore (1800 – 1874) was the 13th president of the United States and… Continue Reading

Republic vs Democracy: Which Do We Have?

Though often called a democracy, the United States is a republic.
A lot of people are confused about what type of government the United States… Continue Reading

Indiana: The 19th State

Indiana joined the Union in 1816.
On December 11, 1816, Indiana became the 19th state to join the Union. Before… Continue Reading

National Debt: What Is It?

The government owes debts to citizens, global investors, other governments, and even itself.
You have probably heard by now that the national debt is the biggest it… Continue Reading

Zachary Taylor: The 12th President

Zachary Taylor took office in 1849.
Zachary Taylor (1784-1850) was the 12th president of the United States. Born on Nov.… Continue Reading

Illinois: The 21st State in the Union

Illinois became a state in 1818.
Illinois became the 21st state on Dec. 3, 1818. The first Europeans to visit… Continue Reading

Winning the Presidency Isn’t as Easy as it Might Sound

Most Americans over 35 could run for president, but very few could actually win.
The road to becoming the president of the United States is long and difficult… Continue Reading

What is Interest?

Interest is charged on borrowed money – but how does it work?
Everybody is a borrower and a lender in today’s economy. Every time a person… Continue Reading

Franklin Pierce: A President Ruined by Slavery

Like many pro-slavery politicians, President Pierce’s support for the institution killed his political career.
Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) was born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, on November 23, 1804. He… Continue Reading

Miranda Warning: What Is It?

When arresting someone, police have to inform them of their rights before any interrogation.
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can, and will, be… Continue Reading

What Is Credit and How Is It Used?

Understanding credit is important in today’s economy.
It seems like everything is put on credit these days. From lunch and movie… Continue Reading

Iowa: From Conflict to Corn Belt

Although the state was populated by so many indigenous tribes, it has only one reservation today.
Iowa, also known as the Hawkeye State, became the 29th state admitted to the… Continue Reading

Millard Fillmore: The Last Whig President

Fillmore was the last president to not be either a Republican or a Democrat.
Millard Fillmore (1800 – 1874) was the 13th president of the United States and… Continue Reading

The Republic: A Representative Democracy

The United States is a republic, which is a representative, or indirect democracy.
A lot of people are confused about what type of government the United States… Continue Reading

Indiana: Land of the Indians

The Indians fought so fiercely to keep their land that the state was named for them.
On December 11, 1816, Indiana became the 19th state to join the Union. Like… Continue Reading

National Debt: Will It Continue to Grow?

The national debt is the biggest it has ever been, and it’s only growing bigger.
You have probably heard by now that the national debt is the biggest it… Continue Reading

The Long and Expensive Road to the White House

Running for president is a difficult and expensive endeavor.
The road to becoming the president of the United States is long and difficult… Continue Reading

What is Interest and How Does it Work?

When money is borrowed, interest is charged.
Everybody is a borrower and a lender in today’s economy. Every time a person… Continue Reading

Franklin Pierce: The Bleeding Kansas President

Pierce supported slavery and the notorious Kansas-Nebraska Act. It proved his downfall.
Franklin Pierce (1804-1869) was born in Hillsborough, New Hampshire, on November 23, 1804. The… Continue Reading

Miranda Warning: The Right to Be Informed

Even suspected criminals have rights, and thanks to the Miranda v Arizona case, the police have to read those rights when arresting someone.
“You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say can, and will, be… Continue Reading

What is Credit? Dangers, Benefits, and More

Credit can be a great tool if you understand it, but dangerous if handled poorly.
It seems like everything is put on credit these days. From lunch and movie… Continue Reading

Iowa: The Hawkeye State

From the Effigy Moundbuilders to Chief Black Hawk, Iowa has a rich indigenous story.
Iowa, also known as the Hawkeye State, became the 29th state admitted to the… Continue Reading

Millard Fillmore: The President Who Gambled on Slavery – and Lost

Fillmore thought compromise on the slavery issue was politically expedient, and it cost him the White House.
Millard Fillmore (1800 – 1874) was the 13th president of the United States and… Continue Reading

What Was the Great Recession of 2008?

What happened during the economic crisis, and what caused it?
It has been more than a decade since the Great Recession ended. In what… Continue Reading

The United States: A Republic, not Direct Democracy

Folks often talk about democracy, but the United States is a Republic.
In the early 1800s the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John Marshall,… Continue Reading

Indiana: Home of the Hoosiers

Though there are a few theories, no one is really sure why people from Indiana are called Hoosiers.
On December 11, 1816, Indiana became the 19th state to join the Union. Like… Continue Reading