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April, 2003

Happy April!
April 6: Daylight Saving Time Begins April 9: Appomattox Court House, End of American Civil War (1865) April 12: Fort Sumter, Start of American Civil War (1861) April 13: Thomas Jefferson's Birthday (1743) April 19: Battle of Lexington-Concord, Start of American Revolution (1775) April 20: Easter April 23: William Shakespeare's Birthday (1564) April 27: Ulysses S. Grant's Birthday (1822)


Sacagawea visits Emerald Bay at Lake Tahoe. Lake Tahoe is located in California and Nevada. It is the highest lake of its size in the United States, it is the third deepest lake in North America, and it is the tenth deepest lake in the world. Sixty-three streams flow into Lake Tahoe, but only one -- the Truckee River -- flows out. Here are some facts about Lake Tahoe:

Elevation: 6229 feet
Length: 22 miles
Width: 12 miles
Shoreline: 71 miles (42 miles in California; 29 miles in Nevada)
Surface Area: 193 square miles or 122,200 acres (70% in California; 30% in Nevada)
Maximum Depth: 1645 feet
Average Depth: 989 feet

Quiet Please-Eaglets Growing
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At the time of the American Revolution there were thirteen American Colonies. Name them.

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Did you know Ulysses S. Grant's nickname was "Unconditional Surrender" Grant?

Yes. In February, 1862, Ulysses led the Union forces to victories at Forts Henry and Donelson in Tennessee. He earned the nickname "Unconditional Surrender" Grant at Fort Donelson when he stated to the surrendering General, "No terms except unconditional and immediate surrender can be accepted." Ulysses also won victories at Shiloh, Vicksburg, and Chattanooga.

Ulysses S. Grant

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Thomas Jefferson. He wrote the Declaration of Independence, was the first Secretary of State, and became the third President.

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Question:
What is the difference between the Compromise of 1820 and the Compromise of 1850? (Brandon P.)

Answer:
The Compromise of 1820 admitted Missouri into the Union as a slave state. It also stated slavery would not be allowed in any state formed north of Missouri's southern border.

When the Compromise of 1820 was passed, the existing territories of the U.S. were either above or below this arbitrary line. This lasted until 1848. In 1848, the United States won the Mexican War and gained new territories in the west. One of these territories was California.

In 1850, California asked to join the Union. The Compromise of 1820 could not settle the issue of slavery in California because California extended across the arbitrary line marking the southern border of Missouri. The Compromise of 1850 tried to settle this dispute.

The Compromise of 1850 admitted California into the Union as a free state, and it stated the other territories recently annexed from Mexico (as a result of the Mexican War) would choose for themselves whether to be a free state or a slave state.

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Question:
At the time of the American Revolution there were thirteen American Colonies. Name them.

Answer:
New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

Did you know the colonies were divided into three regions called New England, Middle Colonies, and the South? New England was made up of Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. The Middle Colonies included New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware. The South consisted of Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.

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