U.S. History

Joe Biden on stage, pointing, with U.S. flag in foreground (© Andrew Harnik/AP Images)

Joe Biden: America’s next president

Joseph R. Biden Jr. will be sworn in as America's 46th president on January 20. Learn more about his experience and what he hopes to achieve in office.
Photomontage with Burnell Cotlon in foreground and woman, children, buildings and produce behind (Photo illustration: State Dept./Photo: Bai Brands)

Stories from Americans: Rebuilding a community [audio]

In this StoryCorps interview, Burnell Cotlon talks about building a neighborhood market to help his New Orleans community after Hurricane Katrina.
Children playing next to mural depicting Martin Luther King Jr. (© David Butow/Corbis/Getty Images)

At these schools, every day is Martin Luther King Day

In the U.S., dozens of schools are named after civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. Learn how three of them embody his teachings all year.
The Capitol in Washington (© Patrick Semansky/AP Images)

Why so much time from election to inauguration of a U.S....

The 11-week transition period between administrations allows new presidents to prepare and provides time for the Electoral College process.
Vincent van Gogh's painting "The Starry Night" (© Art Images/Getty Images)

Tour these American museums virtually during COVID-19 pandemic

Art museums in the U.S. have partnered with Google Arts & Culture to bring the full exhibition experience to virtual visitors stuck at home.
Aerial view of circular memorial on tree-filled campus with mountains in background (© Sanjay Michael Suchak/UVA Today)

Remembering enslaved people who built a university

Without labor from more than 4,000 enslaved people, the University of Virginia would not exist. Learn what the school has done to honor them.
Illustration of 19th-century cargo schooner offshore, with Africans in rowboat arriving at the shore (© The History Collection/Alamy)

How the Amistad helped America live up to its ideals

The Amistad case helped dozens of Africans escape slavery and forced America to live up to its founding ideals. Read more about it here.
Illustration of people opening door on side of large copyright symbol (State Dept./D. Thompson)

U.S. copyright law makes thousands of classics free for all

Thousands of songs and stories entered the public domain on January 1, 2021, allowing anyone to freely enjoy or adapt classics from 1925.
Collage of images of two men standing, tall buildings and taxicabs (State Dept./S. Gemeny Wilkinson)

Stories from Americans: Driving lessons [audio]

In this StoryCorps interview, Muhammad Faridi and his father, Mohammad Ashraf Faridi, talk about how cab driving affected their family at different times.