Whereas: Stories from the People’s House

Whether weighing in on the 1875 Civil Rights Bill or advocating Title IX of the 1972 Higher Education Act, Members of the House have been champions of American education.
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This month’s Edition for Educators highlights trivia spanning the history of the House of Representatives, spotlighting a few unique firsts, records, and watershed moments. Who was the first known Representative to be elected by a write-in vote? What is on Charles Schulz’s Congressional Gold Medal? And how long would “Uncle Joe” cook a ham hock for his bean soup? All of this trivia and more can be found on the History, Art & Archives website.
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With schools closed amid the pandemic, the Offices of History, Art & Archives have put together lesson plans and resources to help everyone continue to learn about history of the House of Representatives and what role it plays in America’s unique system of government.
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Learn about the efforts and accomplishments of Hispanic Americans in Congress for Hispanic Heritage Month.
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Edition for Educators – Voting Rights and the House

Because the House has always been directly elected by the American people, its membership has often reflected changes to the country’s voting laws. And as more people won access to the ballot, the House grew increasingly diverse. This Edition for Educators features resources found on the History, Art & Archives website on the topic of voting rights.

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“Here will I hold my stand”: James Tallmadge Jr. and the Fight to Stop the Spread of Slavery

As a young man, James Tallmadge of New York challenged policymakers to uphold the principles of equality in the Declaration and make real a world devoid of slavery. Two decades later, when Tallmadge was one of those policymakers, he turned away from idealism of his youth and toward the legal might of the Constitution to limit slavery’s spread.

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Northwest from the Capitol

Looking Northwest from the Capitol Stereoview
Take a close look at this “Bird’s-eye View” stereoview. The photographer pointed his camera northwest from the Capitol dome toward Indiana Avenue and clicked. The result shows a city exploding into being in the 1870s and 1880s.

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Edition for Educators—First Federal Congress

This Edition for Educators celebrates Independence Day with a look back at the First Federal Congress, first convened on March 4, 1789.

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A Marvel among Swindles: The Louisiana State Lottery Company and the Post Office Department

Advertisement for the Louisiana State Lottery
Records of the House Committee on Post Office and Post Roads and congressional sources help tell the dramatic story of congressional intervention into the 19th-century Louisiana State Lottery Company.

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