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How the Amistad helped America live up to its ideals

The Amistad case helped dozens of Africans escape slavery and forced America to live up to its founding ideals. Read more about it here.
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America’s most prestigious awards

Find out how the Congressional Gold Medal and the Presidential Medal of Freedom were established and who may receive them.
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A huge step forward for women voters turns 100 [video]

The 19th Amendment was ratified on August 18, 1920. Learn how this was the first step to ensuring all women could vote in the U.S.
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This 1990 disabilities law ushered in a new era

Happy 30th birthday to the ADA, a comprehensive law protecting Americans with disabilities. Learn more about how the law helps them live their best life.
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Authoritarian regimes’ unclear laws make anyone a suspect

The U.S. Constitution requires laws to be specific to prevent arbitrary enforcement. See how some other governments use vague laws to target their citizens.
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How anyone can request government records

In the United States, anyone can use the Freedom of Information Act to find out what the government is doing and how it's doing it.
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NASA names a building for a pioneering African American

NASA will name its headquarters in honor of Mary Jackson, the agency's first female African American engineer. Find out more about her legacy.
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Illegal crossings lowest in years as border wall expands

The U.S. is expanding the wall along its southern border. See how the U.S. is deterring illegal immigration while providing aid to Central America.
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Understanding America’s Electoral College [infographic]

America’s Electoral College system is difficult to explain, but it has successfully enabled the election of presidents since the country’s founding.