U.S. history

Secretary of State Colin Powell with U.S. flags (© Kenneth Lambert/AP Images)

Powell remembered as a friend by U.S. diplomats

Friends and colleagues of former Secretary of State Colin Powell mourn his passing and explain what made him an effective, admired leader.
Portrait of Colin Powell (© Brooks Kraft LLC/Corbis/Getty Images)

Colin Powell’s 13 rules for how to lead

The late Colin Powell, a former secretary of state, wrote about his 13 rules for leadership in his 2012 memoir. Read them here.
Artwork depicting bridge over river with boats (© Compton & Co./Library of Congress)

The world’s largest library offers digital collections

Did you know you can find a rundown of popular memes in the Library of Congress' digital collections? Learn about its other treasures.
Illustration of Colin Powell (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Honoring former Secretary of State Colin Powell

Colin Powell, who represented America's highest ideals in military and civilian leadership, has died. Learn about his extraordinary life.
Mural depicting many African American historical figures (Courtesy of Collection of the Hampton University Museum)

Preserving a historic African American mural for future generations

Learn about an important piece of art that the National Trust for Historic Preservation is working to protect for future generations.
18 jerseys of Latino baseball players (Jaclyn Nash/National Museum of American History)

Latinos remain central to America’s national pastime

An exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History showcases how Latinos have made lasting impacts on baseball.
Illustration of open book surrounded by new words added to dictionary (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Dictionaries add words as American English evolves

Learn some of the new words and phrases that were recently added to dictionaries and see how they reflect our rapidly changing world.
Toni Stone holding a baseball (© Transcendental Graphics/Getty Images)

Meet Toni Stone, who broke barriers in baseball

Toni Stone was a pioneering figure in baseball. Many sports fans don't know her name, but a play about her life explains why they should.
Jill Biden and President Biden bowing heads before wreath (© Alex Brandon/AP Images)

Biden honors victims of September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks

On the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, President Biden honored those killed and praised the sacrifices of rescuers.