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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!

The Evolution of Santa Claus

The night before Christmas, most children in the United States await the coming of Santa Claus and his toys. On Christmas morning, their faces...

Who is Santa Claus? Who is Father Christmas?

Who Santa Claus is depends on who’s asking. If it’s either of my daughters posing the question, obviously he’s that jolly fat chap in...

Santa Claus: A Brief History

“He was dressed all in fur from his head to his foot, and his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot. A bundle...

Christmas Symbols and Origins

Everything has a meaning, even the symbols of Christmas. Today, most people put up lights and decorations for fun and enjoyment. However, in the...

Sioux Chief Sitting Bull Killed

He united the Lakota tribes in their struggle for survival on the Northern Plains, remaining defiant toward U.S. military power and scorning official promises...

General Washington Bids Farewell to His Officers

He announced his retirement as commanding general of the army less than three weeks later, saving America from the fate of republics that turned...

The American Christmas Season, Early Settlers

In our grand nation, America, we have hundreds of variations of nationalities and cultures that make the Christmas Season even more unique and special....

The American Christmas Season, European Influence

Mennonite-American The Mennonites have strong convictions in Christianity takes a very beautiful spiritualistic stance with their customs during the holiday season. Christmas is very much...

The American Christmas Season, Other Cultures’ Holidays

Jewish-American Although the Jewish do not celebrate Christmas and the Christ Child, they perform their own holiday commemoration on the 25th day of the Hebrew...

Washington Irving, Father of the American Short Story, Dies

On this day in history, November 28, 1859, the famous American writer Washington Irving died of a heart attack in his bedroom at Sunnyside,...
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