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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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Chaos Reigned During the 1814 Burning of Washington

The storming of the capital during the War of 1812 led to destruction.

The California Gold Rush Redefined the Old West

The hunt for riches brought 300,000 settlers to the territory.

17 Remarkable Books About the Great Depression

Fascinating stories of courage, corruption, and change emerged from the darkest period of the 20th century.

Alaska Day and the History Behind the 49th State

When and how did this far-flung territory become part of the United States?

What Happened to the Lost Colony of Roanoke?

Dive into one of history's greatest mysteries. 

Demystifying the “Indian Wars,” a Complex Series of Conflicts

The fighting spanned dozens of adversaries and hundreds of years.

Moonshiners and Bootleggers: 8 Books About the Prohibition Era

Discover the historical effects of the nationwide ban on alcohol.

The Unparalleled Courage of the 100th Infantry Battalion/442nd Regimental Combat Team

This combined unit is the most decorated for its size in U.S. military history.

The Soviet-American Space Alliance

New research reveals that the Space Race wasn't quite as embittered as we were led to believe.

6 Historical Political Cartoons That Capture the Hopes and Fears of the Past

These satirical drawings reveal the debates that dominated bygone eras.

10 Railroad History Books That Shed Light on the Industry

This innovative mode of travel allowed people to make cross-country journeys in days rather than weeks or months. 

How Hawaii Became a State

The history of Hawaii stretches back much further than its 1959 admittance to the U.S.

10 Fascinating Books About Immigration

Delve into the social phenomenon that’s enriched America.

Fourth of July Facts Through History

Separate our celebratory facts from fiction. 

8 Eye-Opening Books About the Underground Railroad

Discover in-depth accounts about the escape routes taken by enslaved African Americans.