Unit: 3 Long Ago and Today

In the past our country was very different. Native Americans were the first people to live here. Then Spanish explorers arrived and next, English settlers. The English settlers made colonies. The colonists wanted to be free to make their own rules. George Washington led an army that fought a war to make the colonies independent from England. After a few years, the colonists won the war.

Americans moved west. When the people moved, the Native Americans had to leave their homes and land. It was a sad time for Native American people.

Soon, our country was at war again. During the Civil War, Americans from the North and Americans from the South fought with each other over the issue of slavery. Many brave Americans helped to end slavery for African Americans. Now, all Americans are free to make their own choices.