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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!

Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce

His real name was Hin-mut-too-yah-lat-kekht, which means "thunder rolling in the mountains." He was born about 1840. The tribe called themselves Nimiipu and their...

Life After the White House, Part 1

We read a great deal about what a President does while he is in the White House, but very little is written about what...

Coeur D’Alene Indians

It is not known how long these Indians were in northeastern Washington and northern Idaho but probably for many centuries. Their lands stretched from...

Slavery in Colonial America

Slavery began in North America when an unnamed Dutch ship brought a supply of twenty African slaves to Jamestown in 1619. The Dutch ship...

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,...
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