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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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6 Fascinating Constitutional Crises Throughout History

These political challenges have questioned the legitimacy of various governments.

The Ghost Dance War: A Violent Response to Native American Resistance

An infamous massacre followed a Native American religious revival.

Blind Ambition: 9 Books About the Watergate Scandal

Discover new perspectives on the scandal that caused Nixon to resign.

5 Overturned Supreme Court Cases That Changed History

Justices have reversed course numerous times throughout the years.

The Battle of Fort Sumter Ignited the Civil War

When peace talks failed, this federal property tipped our divided nation into its bloodiest conflict.

7 Best National Parks to Put on Your Bucket List

Explore one of America's national treasures.

In 1900, the Bubonic Plague Struck San Francisco

This infectious disease isn't just a relic of the medieval era.

The Conspiratorial Business Plot of 1933

This would-be coup aimed to overthrow FDR.

8 Immersive Biographical Fiction Books

Check out these takes on some of history’s most interesting figures.

8 Compelling New History Books

Check out these latest insights into the past.

The Surprising History Behind Daylight Savings Time

We can trace the system back to a satirical essay by Benjamin Franklin.

The Hollywood Blacklist Rocked the Entertainment Industry

This Cold War era initiative ostensibly targeted communists.

Tension Over Desegregation Reached Its Peak During the Ole Miss Riot

President John F. Kennedy and the state of Mississippi were locked in a fierce battle over civil rights.

A Strange and Sticky Tragedy: The Great Molasses Flood of 1919

Over a century ago, a Boston neighborhood was struck by a most unusual disaster.

Why Do We Celebrate Black History Month?

Let's delve into the meaning behind this month-long observance.

9 Books About Benjamin Franklin, “The First American”

Read up on the man who defined the American ethos.

The Chimp That Was Launched Into Space

Ham the Astrochimp, as he came to be called, paved the way for human spaceflight.