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[Detail] Major-General Zachary Taylor--President of the United States. 1848.

Historical Research Capabilities

There are many possibilities for research in this collection, since it encompasses the history of the United States from the first president through the present. Students might choose a president, research significant events during his administration, then report on how much influence the president had on the events. Some interesting possibilities would include the impeachment of Andrew Johnson, or wars during presidential terms. Another topic might be the role of first ladies, particularly Dolley Madison, Edith Bolling Galt Wilson, and Eleanor Roosevelt.

Senate court of impeachment for Andrew Johnson

The Senate as a court of impeachment for the trial of Andrew Johnson sketched by Theodore R. Davis. [1868]

Search on Andrew Johnson for this sketch of the impeachment trial of President Andrew Johnson.

Search on Mrs. Franklin Roosevelt for this portrait of Eleanor Roosevelt.