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American History


Secret Doomsday Bunker

Peter Carlson | Published: November 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm
During the Cold War, the U.S. Congress had its own secret fallout shelter tucked away in the West Virginia hills.

Letter From American History - February 2012

Published: November 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm
The father of our country grows up in Woody Holton's article "George Washington's Moral Metamorphosis."

Mae West's Secret of Success

Peter Carlson | Published: September 14, 2011 at 11:16 am
Mae West's bawdy 1926 play, Sex, landed her in jail and set her on the path to superstardom.

Interview With Filmmaker Ken Burns

Peter Carlson | Published: August 02, 2011 at 4:42 pm
Filmmaker Ken Burns talks about his latest project, a history of Prohibition, which airs on PBS in October 2011.

Lone Star Nation

Gregory Curtis | Published: July 22, 2011 at 11:49 am
Texas has been a state since 1845. So why do Texans still believe they live in a separate country?

How did Woodrow Wilson become America's most hated president?

Paula Span | Published: June 09, 2011 at 12:33 pm
Modern-day conservatives claim Woodrow Wilson wrecked the American century.

Lowell Thomas, T.E. Lawrence and the Creation of a Legend

Joel Hodson | Published: May 16, 2011 at 11:46 am
Lowell Thomas combined journalism and entertainment to help create the legend of Lawrence of Arabia.

When the King Came Calling

Michael Farquhar | Published: April 05, 2011 at 3:46 pm
Liked The King's Speech? Find out how a visit to America helped George VI find his voice.

What We Owe Jehovah's Witnesses

Sarah Barringer Gordon | Published: January 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm
In 1943, Jehovah’s Witnesses went to court over their constitutional right not to pledge allegiance to the United States.

A Nation Divided

Published: January 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm
So many people insist on viewing the American Civil War (or any war, for that matter) from a good-guys-won perspective. It's a sure way to obscure at least half the facts and distort the meaning of the rest. As long …

Hail, Lafayette!

Ronald H. Bailey | Published: December 03, 2010 at 11:45 am
The Marquis de Lafayette returned to America, his adopted home, during the contentious 1824 presidential election.

The Confederacy: America's Worst Idea

Stephanie McCurry | Published: October 04, 2010 at 3:07 pm
Why did the South lose the Civil War? Because it ignored black slaves and white women.

Alice Paul

Marlee Newman | Published: August 04, 2010 at 9:28 am
Courageous or reckless, Alice Paul spearheaded a new suffrage campaign for American women

National Woman Suffrage Procession

Marlee Newman | Published: August 04, 2010 at 9:27 am
The 1913 National Woman Suffrage Procession was a turning point for American women seeking the right to vote

American women's long road to political power

Published: August 04, 2010 at 9:26 am
A brief timeline of American women’s long road to political power

A Short History of the Filibuster

Peter Carlson | Published: August 04, 2010 at 9:24 am
Defenders say Senate filibusters protect minority rights. Opponents say they make a mockery of majority rule.
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