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American History is discovered in compelling articles that span the Colonial Era until 5 minutes ago! See Spanish, French, British, Dutch and Swiss Colonies become one nation. This fresh journey traces the nation’s birth on the Eastern Seaboard to its early 19th century childhood and political development. Follow its adolescence when the Civil War threatened her existence. See westward expansion spurred by "Manifest Destiny". Study the 20th Century adult years when the promising young ideals of freedom were severely tested. Watch 21st Century America influence the world and see if this "greatest experiment in government" continues to be the brightest beacon of freedom. This is your safe haven to discuss social and economic issues and yes, even religion and politics!

Martin Luther King Jr. The Peacemaker

In January, America honors Dr.Martin Luther King,Jr. Celebrate black history month in February, pay tribute to great African Americans who decided to change their...

Fun Facts and Trivia about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Test your knowledge of trivia about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the federal holiday named after him. These fun facts and trivia are great...

Samuel Morse Demonstrates First Telegraph

Beginning his career as a painter and later becoming a founder of American nativism, he achieved enduring, worldwide renown with his invention of the...

Nuclear Accident at Military Reactor SL-1

On January 3, 1961 a fatal nuclear reactor accident took place in Idaho. The reactor was an Army SL-1 model. The SL-1 designation stood...

First Children’s Party at the White House

Celebrating his sixtieth birthday on December 29, 1868, President Johnson threw a dance celebration for a few hundred children. The adults present at this first...

The National Christmas Tree in Washington, 1923-1954

The tradition of the national Christmas tree began in 1923 during the administration of Calvin Coolidge. He chose a fir from Vermont, his...

Christmas Quotes by Our Presidents

In days past and as history was being made, our country’ Presidents stated things about Christmas that reflected what they felt was going on...

The Origin of Christmas: Some Assembly Required

Before there was Christianity there still was “Christmas” it just wasn’t called that. People celebrated at the end of the year when time on...

The History of the Christmas Tree

Long before the advent of Christianity, evergreen plants and trees had a special meaning for people during the winter. Just as it is customary...

New Year’s Day 1929: Which Way the Future?

The huge crowd gathered in Times Square on December 31, 1928, did not know that the “New Era” of eternal good times, proclaimed by...
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