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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!

Great Lakes Car Ferries – Mackinac Transportation Company

For slightly over 100 years railroad ferries connected the upper and lower peninsulas of Michigan. In 1881 the Grand Rapids & Indiana, Michigan Central, and...

Old Town San Diego

Minutes north of downtown San Diego lies a historic state park restored to its original condition with authentic buildings and docents in period garb. Before...

Kid Curry, the Wildest of the Bunch

The 1970s television wester, "Alias Smith and Jones" portrayed Kid Curry as a carefree reformed outlaw, who only turned violent when he needed to...

The Steam-Powered Fire Engine: Cincinnati’s Noble Contribution to Fire-Fighting History

Some people are by nature very resistant to change. Sooner or later, most people eventually begin to come around to realize that such change...

Andrew Jackson and the Elimination of the National Debt

After having peaked at $127 million after the War of 1812, the national debt stood at $58.4 million when Andrew Jackson became president in...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 15 – To the Black Hills

Custer had stretched the truth just a mite when he penned that the Black Hills were “a region of country as yet unseen by...

War of 1812: Capture of Fort George, May 27, 1813

After capturing Fort York on April 27, Major General Henry Dearborn planned on sailing directly to Fort Niagara to begin an assault on Fort...

Can Slavery be Justified in the Ante-Bellum South?

The justification of American slavery in the pre-Civil War period includes notions of paternalism and economics yet the documentation proves otherwise. In an 1846 memoir...

Earthquake in the Year 1811

If they didn’t hurry away from New Madrid, Missouri the ground was going to eat them alive! This was how people felt after the...

Prohibition in the 1920s – The 18th Amendment Made Alcohol Illegal

The roots of Prohibition began with the Anti Saloon League, founded in 1893 in Oberlin, Ohio. The organization began life as a state organization. After...
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