U.S. history

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Test your knowledge of U.S. presidents [quiz]

Every February, Americans honor their presidents. Take our quiz to see how much you know about U.S. presidents. Share your results!
Compilation with photos of John Quincy Adams and Abraham Lincoln (Smithsonian Institution)

Images of U.S. presidents offer a peek at the past

Learn about some of the pictures on display in the American Presidents exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington.
PyeongChang 2018 Olympic gold medal (© Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images)

What’s behind those shiny Olympic medals?

Olympic gold medals are among the most prestigious prizes in sports, bringing fame and fortune. But they're mostly silver, and worth just $576 in metals.
People eating at tables in large room with airplane and helicopter on display (© Bob Riha Jr/WireImage/Getty Images)

Presidential libraries are more than books and paper

Modern U.S. presidents' records and artifacts are preserved for public access in presidential libraries. But these aren't your average libraries.
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Get a free poster for Black History Month

The hope Martin Luther King Jr. shared in his famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963 still rings true. This poster honors his commitment to equality.
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Top destinations for international travelers to the U.S.

The U.S. remains a top destination for international travelers. Find out who is heading to America and where they go when they get there.
Four heads of presidents carved into the side of a mountain, Mount Rushmore (© AP Images)

Presidents memorialized

Around the United States, numerous memorials — some famous, some obscure — honor those people who served as U.S. president.
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America’s first black Marines: The Montford Pointers

February is Black History Month in the U.S. Meet America's first black Marines, known as the Montford Pointers, and learn how they got their name.
President Trump speaking at lectern as people seated at tables alongside listen (© WIn McNamee/Getty Images)

The U.S. tradition of breakfast, presidents and prayer

The National Prayer Breakfast brings together religious, business and political leaders and has been attended by every president since Eisenhower in 1953.