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.
When and how did this far-flung territory become part of the United States?
Dive into one of history's greatest mysteries.
By Grace Felder
Are they really as utopian as their proponents claim?
The Boston native remained at large for 16 years.
The fighting spanned dozens of adversaries and hundreds of years.
Discover the historical effects of the nationwide ban on alcohol.
By Erin Hagan
This combined unit is the most decorated for its size in U.S. military history.
By Malia Ogawa
New research reveals that the Space Race wasn't quite as embittered as we were led to believe.
By Will Lennon
Fleshing out fact with fiction.
These satirical drawings reveal the debates that dominated bygone eras.
By Orrin Grey
This innovative mode of travel allowed people to make cross-country journeys in days rather than weeks or months.
The history of Hawaii stretches back much further than its 1959 admittance to the U.S.
Delve into the social phenomenon that’s enriched America.
Wars are never fought fair and square.
Separate our celebratory facts from fiction.
Discover in-depth accounts about the escape routes taken by enslaved African Americans.
She's said to have created the first American flag, but the real story is more complicated.
By Orrin Grey
The Bonus Army, abandoned by the government amidst the Great Depression, took matters into their own hands.
By Robert Walsh
We look to the colony's origins to understand its revolutionary mindset.
Including his latest book, The Indispensables—a gripping account of a heroic Revolutionary War regiment.