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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!

Effects of the California Gold Rush

No one could have imagined the far-reaching implications of the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill in Northern California. On 24 January 1848, James Wilson...

Causes of the Great Depression

The Roaring Twenties for many was a great time of prosperity and economic growth. Unfortunately, the stock market crash in 1929 and the Great...

What are the Principles of the US Constitution?

Brief summary of the principles of the American Constitution. A definition and example is provided for each principle. The Declaration of Independence was signed...

Wild West Women: Ah Toy – A China Blossom in Old San Francisco

About 1848 a Chinese woman called Ah Toy arrived in San Francisco, California. She had endured the long sea voyage from her native Canton,...

John O’Sullivan and Manifest Destiny

Manifest Destiny was first applied to Texas and Oregon, although the concept predated American expansionism beyond the Louisiana Purchase territory. The debate over the Oregon...

Fun Facts and Trivia about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Test your knowledge of trivia about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the federal holiday named after him. These fun facts and trivia are great...

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority was founded on January 13, 1913, at Howard University by twenty-two former members of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. As Alpha Kappa...

Success and Failure of American Utopian Communities

Utopianism in America spans the history of the nation, beginning with New England Puritanism and later the Shakers, Mormons, and lesser successful groups. The...

‘Doctor, I Despair’ – The Duel and Death of Philip Hamilton

Considered the jewel of his family, the “eldest and brightest hope,” Philip Hamilton rushed to his father’s defense on November 23, 1801 to duel...

Women’s Status in Early 19th Century America

Women of all classes in early 19th Century American history were politically powerless and forced to conform to the dependence on males. The American experiment...
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