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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!

If At First You Don’t Succeed…

Some of our greatest Presidents did not succeed on their first try at national office. Many Presidents were once defeated candidates for the presidency...

Home State Loosers

Presidential candidates can usually count on carrying their own state. There have been notable exceptions, such as George McGovern losing South Dakota in 1972...

Presidential Pasttimes

Like all people, Presidents need relaxation. Over the years, our Presidents have participated in a great variety of sports and hobbies while in the...

Civil War Vets in the White House, Part 3

Chester Alan Arthur (President from 1881-1885) had a very different military career. He got into the military through politics. In 1858, the influential lawyer...

Civil War Vets in the White House, Part 2

Rutherford Birchard Hayes (President from 1877-1881) was a genuine war hero. When the Civil War began, Hayes joined the many volunteers signing up for...

Civil War Vets in the White House, Part 1

In an earlier series of articles, we examined the military records of the Presidents. But one group deserves a closer look. From the end...

The President’s Lady – Edith Roosevelt, A Modern First Lady

Columnist Emily Edson Briggs called Julia Dent Grant "the first lady of the land." Lucy Webb Hayes was the first to be officially called...

Lou Henry Hoover – Unsung Heroine

Lou Henry Hoover served as First Lady from 1929 to 1933. There is much about her that never made it into the public view...

The President’s Lady – Dolley Madison, An American Original

For over a century, the greatest compliment you could pay a First Lady was to compare her favorably to Dolley Madison. She presided over...

Almost President – Hancock the Superb

Winfield Scott Hancock was named for the famous soldier, Winfield Scott. These two men shared more than just their names. These two were the...
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