Explore the development of the United States with this collection of articles about American history. Topics in this section include the American Revolution, the gold rush and the expansion of the West.
These 6 U.S. States Once Declared Themselves Independent Nations
Bacon's Rebellion: America's First Armed Insurrection
Why the Stamp Act Was Reviled in the American Colonies
Harpers Ferry Has a Complex and Dizzying History
The Racial History of the Term 'Grandfathered In'
19th-century Time Capsule Discovered Beneath Confederate Memorial
Reign of Terror: The Forgotten Story of the Osage Tribe Murders
Which Native American Nations Are the 'Five Civilized Tribes'?
Conquistadors, Gold and Charlemagne: How California Got Its Name
5 Events in Black History You Never Learned in School
What Fueled the Famous Feud Between the Hatfields and McCoys?
What Was the Tulsa Race Massacre and Why Does it Still Haunt the City?
How the Truman Doctrine Changed American Foreign Policy Forever
Ridiculous History: H-Bombs in Space Caused Light Shows, and People Partied
How the Harlem Renaissance Sparked a New African American Identity
5 Causes of the Great Depression: Could It Happen Again?
What's Inside Mount Rushmore's Not-So-Secret Chamber?
New York City's Iconic Dakota Helped Gild the Gilded Age
America's Black Holocaust Museum Reopens After 14-Year Closure
Why Every Woman Wanted to Stay at the Barbizon Hotel
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During America's War for Independence, the British promised enslaved Africans their freedom if they'd join their side. Thousands signed up. What happened next?
By Dave Roos
Has a nuclear bomb ever been dropped on the United States? Well, it happened back in the 1950s. But... it was an accident.
The tension between the U.S. and USSR was palpable — and nearly devastating, thanks to some nuclear-tipped torpedoes and itchy trigger fingers.
Treasure hunter Tommy Thompson claims he can't remember where he put 3 tons of gold from the shipwreck of the S.S. Central America. The courts don't believe him.
A Wild West governor once wore a pair of shoes made of the skin of an executed felon named Big Nose George. The gruesome but true story is predictably involved.
Ethnic brand identities and mascots affect people with different political leanings in surprising ways, at times increasing associations with Native American stereotypes.
Rainbow parties in the 1960s may sound like good fun, but the frivolity actually centered around an H-bomb radiating the Earth's atmosphere.
We think the Wild West was a big shoot-'em-up, but statistically speaking, people of the wild frontier were more likely to encounter a handshake than a bullet.
Railroads of the 1920s reflected a time of uncertainty in the industry at the time. Technology greatly improved train transportation, but the Great Depression brought about a bust in the industry. Learn more about the railroads of the 1920s.
The City of San Francisco wreck occurred when someone deliberately derailed a train in 1939. A number of suspects were rounded up, but nobody was ever charged with the crime. Learn about the City of San Francisco wreck.
The Union Terminal in Cincinnati opened on March 31, 1933, during the Depression. This magnificent building featured a 116-foot-high semicircular dome clad in Indiana limestone. Learn more about the Cincinnati Union Terminal in this section.