U.S. History

Memorial with granite and fountain (© Efrain Padro/Alamy)

What Memorial Day means to Americans

Memorial Day, a holiday honoring U.S. military members who died in defense of their country, also marks the unofficial start of summer in America.
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Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders who shaped U.S. society [photo gallery]

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. Meet a few Asian and Pacific Islander Americans who made their mark in the United States.
Ida B. Wells has been honored for her outstanding and courageous reporting on lynching in America. Read on to learn more about her work and legacy.

Ida B. Wells receives posthumous Pulitzer Prize

Ida B. Wells has been honored for her outstanding and courageous reporting on lynching in America. Read on to learn more about her work and legacy.
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The American Red Cross helps those who suffer

When Clara Barton founded the American Red Cross in 1881, it helped Americans recover from natural disasters. Learn how its mission expanded — to the world.
People surrounding sign saying 'Victory in Europe Day' (State Dept.)video

Marking the anniversary of Victory in Europe Day [video]

The 75th anniversary of V-E Day recalls the Allies of World War II uniting to achieve victory. Uniting against today's threats is every bit as vital.
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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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3rd-party candidates play a role in U.S. elections

Find out how candidates who are not members of the two major U.S. political parties can still make their mark in American politics.
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America sent gear to the USSR to help win World War...

The Lend-Lease program played a big role in World War II. Learn how this U.S. program boosted a key ally, the Soviet Union, in the fight against Hitler.
Polio patient in iron lung flanked by medical workers (© AP Images)

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.