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What was the population of the American colonies in 1790?

a. Less than 100,000
b. About 1 million
c. Almost 4 million
d. More than 316 million

About the Podcast: 60-Second Civics is a daily podcast that provides a quick and convenient way for listeners to learn about our nation’s government, the Constitution, and our history. The podcast explores themes related to civics and government, the constitutional issues behind the headlines, and the people and ideas that formed our nation’s history and government.

60-Second Civics is produced by the Center for Civic Education. The show's content is primarily derived from the Center’s education for democracy curricula, including We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution, Foundations of Democracy, and Elements of Democracy.

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60-Second Civics: Episode 1888, We the People, Lesson 1, Part 3: Where did the British colonists settle? This episode originally aired in 2013.
Today we learn about the impressive size of the American colonies.
60-Second Civics: Episode 1887, We the People, Lesson 1, Part 2: How did American Indians live before Europeans came?
Today we learn about the people who originally lived in the land that later became the thirteen American colonies. This episode originally aired in 2013.
60-Second Civics: Episode 1886, We the People, Lesson 1, Part 1: Why study the British colonies in North America?
Today, 60-Second Civics begins our exploration of the colonies of British North America. This episode originally aired in August 2013.
60-Second Civics: Episode 1885, Political parties, Part 17: The downside of political parties
Today we learn about some of the downsides of the political party system in the United States.
60-Second Civics: Episode 1884, Political parties, Part 16: Political parties as agents of stability
Despite James Madison's fears, political parties can be agents of stability.
60-Second Civics: Episode 1883, Political parties, Part 15: The role of political parties today
What are political parties good for, anyway? Find out on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 1882, Political parties, Part 14: Political parties as a revolutionary idea
Are political parties good for the nation? Here are some arguments in favor of them.
60-Second Civics: Episode 1881, Political parties, Part 13: Martin Van Buren on political parties
Martin Van Buren believed that political parties could act as a kind of glue in the American political system.
60-Second Civics: Episode 1880, Political parties, Part 12: Political parties as a permanent part of the American political system
At the time of his inauguration, Thomas Jefferson hoped that political parties would disappear.
60-Second Civics: Episode 1879, Political parties, Part 11: Tied presidential election
The Twelfth Amendment ended a problem with the Constitution and created an ongoing role for political parties in the American system.
60-Second Civics: Episode 1878, Political parties, Part 10: The Election of 1800
Why was the election of 1800 revolutionary? Find out on today's episode.
60-Second Civics: Episode 1877, Political parties, Part 9: Anatomy of the Alien and Sedition Acts
Today we examine the Alien and Sedition Acts in detail.
60-Second Civics: Episode 1876, Political parties, Part 8: The Alien and Sedition Acts
The Alien and Sedition Acts would shock us today. They arguably caused John Adams to lose reelection.
60-Second Civics: Episode 1875, Political parties, Part 7: Federalists and Republicans
The Federalists and Republicans became the first national political parties in the United States, but neither considered the other to be the "loyal opposition."
60-Second Civics: Episode 1874, Political parties, Part 6: France or England?
Jefferson's and Hamilton's supporters were at odds over which side to support during the Napoleonic Wars. This division, among others, led to America's first political parties.
60-Second Civics: Episode 1873, Political parties, Part 5: Hamilton and Jefferson and the necessary and proper clause
Hamilton and Jefferson had different interpretations of the necessary and proper clause.
60-Second Civics: Episode 1872, Political parties, Part 4: The first parties debate the power of government
Americans have been debating the power of the national government for quite a long time.
60-Second Civics: Episode 1871, Political parties, Part 3: Factionalism in colonial America
Americans were no strangers to factionalism, even in colonial America.
60-Second Civics: Episode 1870, Political parties, Part 2: The potential value of factions
Is there any value in having factions in a representative system?
60-Second Civics: Episode 1869, Political parties, Part 1: Madison, Hume, and Burke on factions
James Madison and Alexander Hamilton differed on whether factions and political parties were good for the country.
60-Second Civics: Episode 1868, Amendments and judicial review, Part 17: Justice John Gibson's arguments against judicial review
Justice John Gibson created some powerful arguments against judicial review.
60-Second Civics: Episode 1867, Amendments and judicial review, Part 16: Arguments against judicial review
Judicial review wasn't accepted by everyone. President Andrew Jackson even threatened not to enforce Supreme Court decisions he disagreed with.
60-Second Civics: Episode 1866, Amendments and judicial review, Part 15: The Judiciary Act of 1789
Article III of the Constitution only outlines the national judiciary; Congress had to fill in the details.
60-Second Civics: Episode 1865, Amendments and judicial review, Part 14: Marshall's arguments
What were John Marshall's arguments in favor of judicial review? Find out on today's podcast.
60-Second Civics: Episode 1864, Amendments and judicial review, Part 13: Judicial review
Who has the final say about the meaning of the Constitution? Find out on today's episode.