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American History Articles

This page is dedicated to exploring the home of the stars and stripes. The United States of America may be less than three centuries old, but there’s a lot of history packed in those years.

It all began with the British colonies that were established in the early 17th century. From the still-unsolved disappearance of the Roanoke colony to the real historical figure of Pocahontas to the story of the first Thanksgiving, early America is frequently mythologized. We’re here to cut through the noise and tell you what really transpired during those early harsh years in the New World.

Everything changed with the opening shot fired at the battles of Lexington and Concord, known as the “shot heard round the world”. The first military engagements of the Revolutionary War, these conflicts led to the independence of the United States and inspired waves of rebellion elsewhere. Whether you’re interested in key battles of the American Revolution, little-known facts, books, or true stories—such as the surprising role of Black soldiers or the significance of Valley Forge—there’s no shortage of knowledge to be had about this key event in American history. 

Of course, we’d be remiss not to dive into America’s other key military engagements, from the Civil War that nearly tore the young nation apart over the issue of slavery to accounts of Vietnam. Along the way, explore stories that encapsulate the American experience through various eras, such as conflict with Native Americans, westward expansion, the Great Depression, and the struggle for equality. See the past through a whole new lens with our stories about American history.

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The regiment gained a reputation for courage in the face of heavy losses.

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From the Spanish Armada to Pearl Harbor and beyond.

The Tuskegee Airmen: The First Black U.S. Military Pilots

Courageous Black pilots led the way for desegregation in the U.S. Armed Forces. 

The Rich History of Hispanic Heritage Month 

A time to honor Latinx and Hispanic communities. 

The FBI Surveillance of Martin Luther King Jr. 

The civil rights leader was the target of a covert FBI project to discredit him.

The Pig War of 1859

An unusual and nearly forgotten conflict.