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How Americans observed V-E Day during World War II

When the Allied nations of World War II achieved victory in Europe, celebrations erupted across the globe. Learn how various U.S. cities marked the event.
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U.S. survivors of COVID-19 donate plasma

Learn about Diana Berrent, who defeated COVID-19 and launched an online movement encouraging fellow survivors to donate plasma for antibody research.
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America’s library creates ‘ultimate stay-at-home playlist’

The Library of Congress selects 25 recordings to be preserved for posterity each year. Find out which ones were recently tapped for this distinction.
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How America beat polio

It took an entire country to snuff out polio. Learn how Americans stepped up to defeat it and how one of the vaccines is reducing it abroad.
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American spirit of volunteerism thrives in the age of COVID-19 [photo...

This gallery of photographs showing how Americans help one another during the coronavirus crisis is a testimony of U.S. volunteerism in times of hardship.
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U.S. companies helped China in its time of need

When the Chinese people faced the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. businesses came to their aid by donating millions in cash, supplies and expertise.
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Spiritual life in the U.S. during a pandemic

COVID-19 is causing great anxiety worldwide, but many Americans are coping with help from their faith traditions, while reaching out to others.
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Americans adapt to social distancing to fight coronavirus

As Americans keep their distance from one another to slow the spread of the 2019 coronavirus, they also reimagine and reinvent daily routines.
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Poetry helps American physicians to heal

A growing number of American doctors are embracing the healing power of poetry, both to help people cope with illness and to express themselves.