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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!

Almost President – “Fighting Bob” La Follette, Part 2

La Follette's 1912 campaign ended, for all practical purposes, on February 12. On that night, he addressed the Periodical Publishers Association. La Follette arrived...

Almost President – “Fighting Bob” La Follette, Part 1

Robert “Fighting Bob” Marion La Follette was probably the leading progressive politician of the Progressive Era. After serving in the U.S. House of Representatives...

Northern Pacific Railroad

In1853 army teams were sent out to survey routes for a transcontinental railroad along the 32nd, 35th, 38th, 39th, 41st, 42nd, 47th, and 49th...

The First Transcontinental Railroad

In 1818, Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton, then editor of the St. Louis Enquirer, wrote a series of editorials proposing a network of...

The President’s Lady – Ellen Herndon Arthur

Ellen Herndon Arthur would have been a great First Lady. Unfortunately, she didn’t make it to the White House with her husband, Chester A....

Is there a President in the House? – Part 10

George Herbert Walker Bush, the son of a Senator and the father of our President, succeeded Ronald Reagan in 1989. During World War II,...

James Ohio Pattie – Fur Trader, Mountain Man, and Explorer

Pattie's family lived in Missouri when James was born. After his mother died of consumption, his father was despondent. About that time, fur trapping...

Is There a President in the House? – Part 9

Nixon was followed in office by his Vice President, Gerald R. Ford. Ford is the only All-American athlete to serve as President. He played...

Paulina, Shoshone Chief

Chief Paulina led a small band of Shoshone (Snake), Paiute, and Modoc raiders. He roamed the territory east of the Cascade Mountains of...

Is There a President in the House? – Part 8

Richard Nixon served in Congress for less than six years. His short career there made him a national figure and catapulted him into national...
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