U.S. history

Four women holding U.S. flag quilt (Courtesy of Karen Griffin/Hartville American Legion Auxiliary)

The U.S. census puts a small Missouri town in a very...

Hartville, Missouri, was named the geographic population center of the country. Learn more about how it was chosen and what it means.
Park ranger speaking and gesturing to two tourists (© Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group/Getty Images)

How public parks honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Learn about the significance of parks and trails named after Martin Luther King Jr. and how parks, and access to them, shaped his activism.
Two women in white clothing holding flags, hugging, among crowd on street (© Ivan Valencia/AP Images)

Resolving conflicts: Diplomacy works

What is the best way to reduce conflicts and civil turmoil? Take a look at how peaceful negotiations have worked in the past.
Illustration of buried time capsule (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Time capsules took off in 2021

People have long locked away items in capsules for future generations to open. Some are quirky. Some are serious. Discover for yourself.
Woman in headwrap and embroidered top placing candles in candleholder (© John Amis/AP Images)

Americans celebrate their African heritage during Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa, a seven-day event in the U.S. based on African festivals, is celebrated through music and dance from December 26 through January 1.
Man holding stamp with image of Japanese American service member (© Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images)

U.S. postage stamps honor remarkable Americans

U.S. postage stamps highlight the American experience, often paying tribute to notable people. Check out a few of the latest stamp designs.
Betty Reid Soskin in park ranger uniform sitting in front of building (Luther Bailey/NPS)

A century-old park ranger tells America’s story

Many National Park Service rangers tell the story of the United States from firsthand experience. Betty Reid Soskin has a century's worth.
Painting showing Pilgrims and Native Americans gathering to share meal (© Everett Collection/Shutterstock)

U.S. Thanksgiving resembles festivals around the world

American Thanksgiving celebrations share many of the traditions that make up harvest festivals across the globe.
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How American television developed over decades

Two experts explain how U.S. TV shows have entertained global audiences for years — and how today's shows were influenced by earlier ones.