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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!

Sarah Hale Talked President Lincoln into Thanksgiving Holiday

Sarah Josepha (Buell) Hale (1788-1879) was a patriotic American who made her mark in the literary and publishing worlds. For 17 years she tried...

William Jennings Bryan’s Cross of Gold Speech July 1896

William Jennings Bryan was only thirty-six when he delivered his Cross of Gold speech at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday, July 9, 1896....

Sequoyah in Retrospect

In the years following the relocation of the Cherokee Nation, Sequoyah set out on a last mission, aimed at reuniting his scattered people. Sequoyah...

Battle of Little Bighorn: 03 – Forts, Gold Rushes, and Treaties

Until the mid-1840s about the only protection for travelers, anywhere near the Oregon Trail, was Fort Leavenworth in present-day Kansas. Its major function, however,...

The Death of James A. Garfield, 1881

Garfield was another of those Dark Horse Presidents of the nineteenth century, barely known outside his immediate circle of Congressional peers. Having the almost-imperative...

Presidential Children – Tyler’s 15, Still a Record

John Tyler, President from 1841-1845, had two wives. Both were First Ladies, and between them had fifteen children, which is still the record for...

Is the End of the Space Shuttle Program More than Mere Symbolism?

Many older Americans can still tell you where they were on July 20, 1969 when Neil Armstrong uttered the famous words, “…one small step...

Magna Carta and the Mayflower Compact Compared

Attempts to link documents in the Western tradition with the expansion of popular political participation may be disingenuous and mythical. Proponents of a chronology designed...

The Square Deal: The Progressive Agenda of President Theodore Roosevelt

The Square Deal was a package of moderate reforms concerning consumer protection, conservation, and regulating trusts. During his reelection campaign of 1904, Theodore Roosevelt and...

Over and Up

In the spring of 1931, men stood on New York City street corners selling apples; other men stood on soup-kitchen lines; still other men...