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.
What's the Meaning of the 'Don't Tread on Me' Flag?
How the Great Compromise Saved a Fledgling United States
These 6 U.S. States Once Declared Themselves Independent Nations
Harpers Ferry Has a Complex and Dizzying History
The Racial History of the Term 'Grandfathered In'
Slavery Under Another Name: What Were the Black Codes?
A Roundup of Some of the Wildest Characters in the Wild West
Reign of Terror: The Forgotten Story of the Osage Tribe Murders
Which Native American Nations Were the 'Five Civilized Tribes'?
Stardust and Scandal: The Hollywood Sign Turns 100
5 Events in Black History You Never Learned in School
What Fueled the Famous Feud Between the Hatfields and McCoys?
Why in the World Do U.S. Presidents Pardon Turkeys?
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?
What State Is Washington, D.C., In?
How Many States Are in the U.S.A.?
A Short History of Skid Row
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Yep – there is a hidden space behind those famous presidential faces.
The roughly 2,000-mile boundary between the countries has been around only since the mid-1800s. But today it's a political line in the sand — literally and figuratively.
By John Donovan
Penn Center, located on sleepy St. Helena Island in South Carolina, may be the most important African-American historical landmark you probably don't know about.
By Carrie Tatro
Does February have special historical significance in African-American history?
By Carrie Tatro
William McKinley was a popular and very successful president who also was assassinated. Why isn't the 25th president better known?
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.
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.