North American History

From the southern tip of Florida to the Alaskan wilderness, explore North American history in-depth in the North American history section.


War Powers Act, the common name for the War Powers Resolution, which was passed by Congress in 1973 as a check on the President's war powers.

The Presidential election of 1960 was held in an atmosphere of strained international relations and increasing racial tension in the United States.

President Nixon began his term of office in 1969 with a pledge to seek peace abroad and tranquility at home.

The nation's economy continued to grow in 1989, although at a slightly slower rate than in the preceding five years.

With the end of the Cold War, the United States concentrated its attention on the economy.

On September 11, 2001, members of an Islamic terrorist network called A1 Qaeda hijacked four commercial airliners.

Jay Treaty, or Jay's Treaty, a treaty negotiated and signed in 1794 by John Jay, United States special envoy, and Lord William Grenville, British foreign secretary, to settle mutual grievances.

Kitchen Cabinet, in United States history, a name applied to a group of President Andrew Jackson's political friends who were influential in his administration.

As 2007 comes to a close, it's fascinating to take a look back and see how things have changed. A century ago, most of us could only expect to live until about 50! Check out this list of some of the major events of 1907.

'American Bandstand' hit the airwaves, and the Russians launched 'Sputnik'. 1957 was a year that saw the rise of Elvis and the post-World War II baby boom in the suburbs. Read about these and more in our list of 17 bits of nostalgia from 1957.

This World War II timeline highlights important dates from January 1941 to June 1941. On June 22, 1941, Germany launched the largest invasion in the history of the world when they began war with Russia. Follow the events of World War II and the German invasion.

On August 15, 16 and 17, 1969, just a month after the famous moon landing of Apollo 11, nearly 500,000 people attended the Woodstock music festival.

Most of us know P.T. Barnum because of the circus, but he was actually an important figure in American history. Learn how P.T. Barnum went from small-time entrepreneur to master showman and founder of the "Greatest Show on Earth."

Five men were arrested at an office suite in the Watergate complex. Learn how the Watergate break-in eventually led to the impeachment and resignation of President Nixon.

The Transcontinental Railroad was a miracle of its time. Learn about the history of the Transcontinental Railroad and how the Transcontinental Railroad changed the country.