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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!

Origins of the Thanksgiving Holiday in America

Thanksgiving of today is celebrated much like the colonists of Plymouth Colony celebrated it in 1621. Theirs was a three day celebration of feasting...

How Did Thanksgiving Start? Giving Thanks for Creator’s Gifts

Thanksgiving Day is the quintessential American holiday celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November in the U.S. The first Thanksgiving was celebrated to give...

Gettysburg Address Delivered by Lincoln

President Lincoln's most famous speech of 10 poetic sentences was at first received along partisan lines, but it is now regarded as one of...

Susan B. Anthony Arrested for Voting in Presidential Election

On this day in history, November 5, 1872, Susan B. Anthony and 14 women in Rochester, N.Y., defied the law by attempting to vote...

A Detailed History of the Pagan Celebration of Halloween

Halloween really is a pagan celebration. Rooted in evil, it has changed over the course of time, but its purpose remains largely the...

Orson Welles’ Halloween Prank – The War of the Worlds on Radio

In the summer of 1938, the CBS Radio Network began broadcasting the hourly anthology series Mercury Theatre On the Air, a creation of the...

History of Halloween and the Fun Today

My endearing husband recently told me that he doesn’t understand the point of celebrating Halloween. I could not believe what I was hearing. To...

The History of Trick or Treating and Halloween Costumes

The History of Trick or Treating Trick or treating is undoubtedly the most popular modern Halloween tradition. Its history can be traced back to the...

History of the First Thanksgiving

American's celebrate Thanksgiving every year, but many do not know how the first Thanksgiving came about. Here is a brief history of the...

Mayflower Movies: Teaching Kids About the First Thanksgiving

If you’re looking for a way to rehearse the Thanksgiving story with your family this holiday season, consider a family movie. Thanksgiving movies that...
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