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U.S. History Topics » Government » Presidents

Historians on America

looks at 11 developments that altered the course of U.S. history: the trial of John Peter Zenger and the birth of freedom of the press, the Constitutional Convention (1787), George Washington's concept of a limited Presidency, the Common School movement, the Sherman Anti-Trust Act of 1890, the Interstate Highway System (1939-1991), the GI Bill of Rights, the Marshall Plan, Brown v. Board of Education, Gideon v. Wainwright, and the Immigration Act of 1965. (Department of State)

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Interesting Fact:

As with the Zenger trial centuries earlier, the fate of one uncelebrated citizen changed American law. By granting Clarence Earl Gideon the right to a defense attorney at state expense in 1963, the Supreme Court made it easier for the poor to defend themselves in court, and broadened the reach of justice.
Montage of superhighways from the Eisenhower administration to the present links the futuristic dreams of yesteryear to the reality of today.

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