Secretaries of State

James Madison

Biography of Secretary of State, James Madison

James Madison was appointed Secretary of State by President Thomas Jefferson on March 5, 1801. He entered duty on May 2, 1801, and served until March 3, 1809. H...Read More >>

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Milestones

Prague 1968

On August 20, 1968, the Soviet Union led Warsaw Pact troops in an invasion of Czechoslovakia.

Education

A Journey Shared

For teachers: A curriculum guide exploring 200 years of U.S.-China relations.

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Vietnam

A guide to the history of U.S. diplomatic relations with Vietnam.