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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!

Stranger Danger and Other Common Myths Associated With Halloween

Every year as Halloween approaches, the media is full of warnings of Stranger Danger - the fear that some evil, unknown person is after...

Discovering America or Inventing It?

On October 12, many people in the Americas and in Spain celebrate the “discovery” of America by Christopher Columbus, who was subsequently dubbed by...

Christopher Columbus Discovers America

The image of the explorer as an intrepid hero has been called into question. After arriving in the Bahamas, he and his crew...

Thanksgiving in America

From the Pilgrims First Thanksgiving to the present day, the holiday offers different things to people. The history of Thanksgiving in America is unique. In...

Halloween History: The Tradition of Bobbing for Apples

The Halloween tradition of bobbing for apples has dwindled over the years, and this might be partially due to hygiene concerns. In times past,...

Short History of Thanksgiving in America

Thanksgiving has become one of America's favorite holidays. Every year families gather round the table to feast on turkey and delicious side dishes. The...

Fun Thanksgiving Facts and Trivia

Did you know the American Thanksgiving Day is celebrated on the fourth Thursday in November – over a month after the Canadian Thanksgiving, which...

Thanksgiving Has Not Always Been In November?

Have you ever wondered how Thanksgiving Day was chosen to be on the fourth Thursday in November of every year? Did you ever realize...

Turkey Trivia and Facts for Thanksgiving Fun

Turkey and Thanksgiving trivia is a fun family activity on Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy sharing some fun Turkey Day dinner trivia around the table this...

Sarah Hale Talked President Lincoln into Thanksgiving Holiday

Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale (1788-1879) was a patriotic American who made her mark in the literary and publishing worlds. For 17 years she tried...
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