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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Experimental trains were tested and were quickly dropped due to their size and unreliability. The cramped accommodations contributed to the relatively low impact these trains made when they were introduced. Learn more about some of the experimental trains.
Railroad super-engines were produced in the mid-1990s with the same size but more power than standard locomotives. They were produced by General Motors and General Electric, the two largest engine manufacturers. Learn about railroad super-engines.
Railroad technology has greatly changed the way in which railroads conduct business. Computers have automated much of what used to be done by the work of several people. Learn about some of the developments in railroad technology.
The railroad industry struggled through the Great Depression only to be taken over during World War II. Learn why, despite the government restrictions on their technology and use, railroads reached top form during World War II.
Post-war railroads chronicles the height of American railroad transportation. Railroads at this time featured lavish passenger cars that offered passengers unparalleled levels of comfort and style. Learn about railroads and post-war railroads.
On the day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as President, January 20, 1981. the Iranian government released the American hostages, the culmination of months of negotiations.
Washington, Treaty of, an agreement between the United States and Great Britain in 1871 that led to the settlement of various disputes between the two nations.
Wells, Fargo & Company, in United States history, an express company that was active in the development of the Far West.
Whiskey Ring, in United States history, a group of officials and distillers who defrauded the national government of liquor taxes.
Liliuokalani, Lydia Kamekeha (1838 - 1917), the last queen of the Hawaiian Islands.
Black Power Movement, in United States history, an effort among black Americans to gain control of the institutions that affect their daily lives by acquiring independent economic, social, and political power.
Counterculture , a set of behaviors and beliefs that are radically different from those of mainstream society.
Cuban Missile Crisis , a confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union, October 22 - 28, 1962, that threatened to precipitate nuclear war.
Iranian Hostage Crisis, a diplomatic conflict caused by the holding in captivity of United States embassy personnel by Iranian militants from November 4, 1979, to January 20, 1981.
SALT, in international diplomacy, the common name for negotiations and treaties between the United States and the Soviet Union intended to limit strategic nuclear weapon strength of each nation.
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.