U.S. History

Walter Mondale and Robert Dole at lecterns (© AP Images)

What do U.S. vice presidents do?

The role of the U.S. vice president was the butt of jokes in earlier times, but the job has evolved to bestow more power and carry more importance.
Woman floating upside down (NASA)

Honoring Hispanic-American leaders

Hispanic Americans have contributed to every segment of U.S. society. Here are five whose talents have propelled them to the top of their fields.
Children looking at large copy of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (© Universal History Archive/Getty Images)

Core U.S. values echo in Universal Declaration of Human Rights

On December 10, 1948, the United Nations ratified the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which outlined the rights and freedoms for all humans.
Uniformed woman walking through curtains (USCG/Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley)

Women are a crucial part of the U.S. military

In all branches of the U.S. military, women serve important roles, from enlisted personnel to four-star generals and admirals.
Woman taking photo with mural on floor in large hall of building (© Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

An inspiring portrait, in person or online

A mural of activist Ida B. Wells was unveiled to mark the centennial of the passage of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in the U.S.
Melania Trump standing in front of White House with group of children (White House/Andrea Hanks)

Kids use art to honor women’s right to vote

First lady Melania Trump and the Office of the White House Curator launched an art exhibition to honor the ratification of the 19th Amendment.
Bill Clinton, Ross Perot and George H.W. Bush laughing (© Mark Cardwell/Reuters)

The spirited history of presidential debates

Technology has changed U.S. presidential debates since the days of Abraham Lincoln, but debates still give voters important information about candidates.
John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon shaking hands (© Bettmann/Getty Images)

Presidential debate milestones [infographic]

From the Lincoln-Douglas debates of 1858 to present day contests, presidential debates have given voters valuable information about candidates.
Beams of blue light rising up alongside skyscrapers (© Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)

A tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks

Commemorations in New York, northern Virginia and Pennsylvania honor the 2,977 victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the U.S.