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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!

Samuel Morse Demonstrates First Telegraph

Beginning his career as a painter and later becoming a founder of American nativism, he achieved enduring, worldwide renown with his invention of the...

Emily D. West – A Historical Perspective

The story of Emily West has been touted both as myth and as history, according to various sources. While it is accepted as fact...

James Madison’s Virginia Plan

The Second Continental Congress The Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia in May 1787 with the intent of revising the Articles of Confederation. The meetings...

Harry Truman’s Second Term

Harry Truman, despite his current status as one of America's greatest Presidents, found his second term dogged by the lowest Presidential poll numbers ever...

The Most Dangerous City in American Frontier History

Decades of weak Mexican government, a dictatorial American officer and an abundance of criminals made Los Angeles the most dangerous city in America. On March...

United States Beats Britain in Battle of Lake Erie

The victory of Perry's fleet was a major naval battle of the War of 1812, ensuring U.S. control over Lake Erie and forcing...

William Goyens, Black Pioneer of Early Texas

William Goyens was a free black who managed to become a success. Though almost illiterate, he was a businessman and advisor to Sam Houston. William...

Is There a President in the House? – Part 7

John F. Kennedy served in Congress for fourteen years, first in the House of Representatives and then in the Senate. Returning from World War...

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...

Election Surprises – Lincoln’s 1864 Re-Election

Records show that Abraham Lincoln was re-elected in 1864 by a huge electoral vote majority, taking 221 votes to his opponent's 21. But until...