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The right to religious freedom [video]

Religious freedom is a universal human right and a founding principle of the United States.
President Obama and daughter Sasha volunteering at D.C. Central Kitchen in Washington (© AP Images)

As Thanksgiving ushers in U.S. holiday season, Americans give back

What is Thanksgiving and how is it celebrated? Racing, food donations and volunteering are some of the ways Americans give thanks and give back.
Building with many windows and large grassy area in front (State Dept.)

The architectural beauty of U.S. Embassy buildings

Many of the buildings used for U.S. embassies throughout the world are noteworthy for both the beauty of their architecture and their historic significance.
Interior view of the Library of Congress (© AP Images)

Explore the world’s biggest library … right now [video]

The Library of Congress, founded in 1800, is a book lover's dream — the world's largest library, with 164 million items. Check out this 360-degree video.
Two women in character costumes (© Marvel Studios 2018)

Black Panther shatters stereotypes and promotes science

Black Panther, the first Hollywood blockbuster centered on a black superhero and to star a mostly black cast, is defying long-held stereotypes about Africans and women.

4 ways volunteering benefits … you

Volunteering helps develop leadership skills, benefits the economy, makes your government more accountable and improves your physical and mental health.
Illustration showing multicolored talk bubbles above a map of the USA (State Dept./Doug Thompson)

The United States is a country of many languages

Many people in the United States speak languages other than English at home. Check out maps of which languages are most popular.
Road signs on a highway (© Alamy)

Travel the world without ever leaving this U.S. state

Where can you find China, Egypt, Poland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Mexico, Peru and Lebanon all in one state?
Painting of large Civil War battle (Image by Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

The debate over the Confederate flag

More than 150 years after the end of the U.S. Civil War, the flag of the Confederate army of the South remains a source of controversy in America.