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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!

For the Record – Presidents in Uniform, Part 1

The President of the United States serves as commander-in-chief of our armed forces. This is an awesome responsibility. How well qualified have our Presidents...

The Life of Abraham Lincoln

During his Inaugural Address, Abraham Lincoln tried to warn the Southern States of the dangerous course that they had embarked upon. Lincoln's Childhood “In your hands,...

A Dead End Job – Madison’s Vice Presidents

Only one President had two Vice Presidents die during his time in office. James Madison served two terms as President, and both times the...

The Free Soil Campaign of 1848

Many people have blamed the “third party” campaign of Ralph Nader as the reason Al Gore lost the election of 2000 to George W....

Presidential Party Hoppers

In addition to his other duties, the President of the United States is also the leader of his political party. A number of our...

Presidential Trivia – Old Questions, New Answers

For those of us who enjoy presidential trivia questions, there are some standard questions. Many of these old questions have new answers due to...

Almost President – Benjamin Wade

In spite of how close our recent election was, there have been closer ones. In fact, two men lost the Presidency by just one...

Almost Vice President – Black Jack Logan

General John A. Logan was almost Vice President of the United States. He was the running mate of James G. Blaine in the very...

The Case for the Electoral College

Now that the presidential election has finally been resolved, the next issue will most certainly be how to reform our electoral system. Already, we...

Almost President – Levi P. Morton

Like Charles Fairbanks (see the earlier article “Almost President: Charles Fairbanks”), Levi Morton made a fateful decision that cost him the White House. As...
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