U.S. History

Washington Monument and U.S. Capitol at sunrise (© Carolyn Kaster/AP Images)

How does the U.S. census affect Congress?

The United States uses the census every 10 years to determine how the seats in the U.S. House of Representatives will be divided among the states.
Barbecued meat on a platter (© Marie Sonmez Photography/Shutterstock)

Americans feel strongly about barbecue

Americans will fire up their barbecue grills for the Fourth of July. But what they eat depends on where they live. Learn how those regional styles formed.
Two people carrying reeds across field (© Quirina Luna Geary)

Preserving one Native American tribe’s language and culture

Meet Quirina Geary, a Northern California activist who is working to keep the Mutsun language alive by studying and teaching.
Young girl standing on yellow words painted on road, raising her arm and wearing shirt with heart on it (© Go Nakamura/Getty Images)

Juneteenth: A day to celebrate Black communities’ strength

Learn about Juneteenth, an African American holiday that celebrates what historian Henry Louis Gates Jr. calls "the shining promise of emancipation."
Historic photo of dust cloud approaching buildings (© AP Images)

U.S. scientists work to stave off desertification

U.S. scientists are developing new approaches to reduce desertification and in some cases return harmed land to its earlier fertile condition.
Framed pictures hanging on wall of Oval Office (© Alex Brandon/AP Images)

What’s on the walls of Biden’s Oval Office?

Learn more about the portraits of presidents, presidential hopefuls and social justice leaders that sit across from President Biden's desk.
Proposed U.S. coin designs showing Sally Ride and Maya Angelou (U.S. Mint)

New U.S. coins will honor heroic American women

The U.S. Mint will begin honoring notable American women on currency in 2022. Find out more about two women selected to appear on U.S. quarters.
Hand spreading rainbow (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Celebrate Pride Month 2021 [poster]

June is recognized worldwide as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Month. Download this poster to commemorate the occasion.
Man and elderly woman riding on parade float (© AP Images)

With liberty and justice for all: The advancement of LGBTQI+ rights...

Safeguarding the rights of LGBTQI+ people in the U.S. is part of a tradition of ensuring minority rights that is entwined with U.S. history.