The American Civil War is one of the defining moments in United States’ history. In commemoration of the lives lost and the battles fought, the National Park Service (NPS) created a new website highlight various aspects of the war. You can now find a detailed timeline of events from 1861-1865.
As brothers fought brothers in this deadly war, many lives were lost and families divided. You can search a soldier and sailor database of over 6 million records to find information on your ancestors or famous soldiers on either side of the battle. The NPS also highlights many key issues and events that lead to the start of the war. You can also find, view and plan visits to Civil War battlefields across the United States.
For a more modern twist on the Civil War, follow the Civil War Reporter for interesting Civil War facts and information on Twitter at @CivilWarReportr.
The Communications Act of 1934 created the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and provided the basis for how it works. It is a violation of the Act for broadcast media to knowingly falsify a news report. The FCC may penalize broadcasters for doing so.
However, another important goal of the Act was to protect free speech. So, the FCC must have real proof that the broadcaster lied on purpose before it can take action. An example of this kind of evidence might be sworn testimony from “insiders” with direct personal knowledge of an intentional falsification of the news. That’s a high bar, but Congress’s intention was to make it very hard for the government to intimidate or control broadcasters.
During Money Smart Week (April 21-28), free classes and activities are available in more than 30 states to help consumers manage their personal finances. You might learn how to apply for a mortgage, prepare for retirement, or teach a young person how to save.
If your state doesn’t offer free classes or activities during Money Smart Week, check out these online resources on personal finance from the Federal Reserve.
Previously known as Financial Literacy Month, April is now National Financial Capability Month. The month lets you know about the resources and tools available to help you make sound financial decisions year round.
There are numerous free financial resources available to help you better manage and understand your money.
MyMoney.gov is dedicated to teaching basic financial education through resources and tools from across the federal government. You can use the helpful budgeting calculators to help plan for big life events like buying a house or having a child.
You can also visit ConsumerFinance.gov whose mission is to make consumer financial products and services work for all Americans. You can use the Ask CFPB tool to decode confusing financial jargon and learn about your financial rights.
We know that it can be tough to navigate the complex terms of your credit card agreement, but the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) is here to help. The CFPB is a government agency dedicated to shedding light on the financial landscape, and we hope you’ll take advantage of the resources we provide.
For example, we recently launched Ask CFPB, a search tool that can help you get plain-language answers to your financial questions and even features a whole section on credit cards. You can rate the questions on Ask CFPB and even suggest your own if you don’t find what you’re looking for.
Sometimes information isn’t enough. That’s why we continue to take your complaints. You can submit a complaint about your credit card company on our website or by calling (855) 411-2372. When you submit your complaint, you will be given a password and a tracking number to follow its progress. We’ll work to get a response from your card issuer.
Or, if you don’t want to submit a formal complaint, you can tell us your story. Share your experiences with personal financial products and services – good or bad – and help inform our ability to protect others.
Answer provided by Maggie Anderson, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Office of Consumer Engagement.