U.S. history

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Honoring Holocaust survivors through public service

January 27 is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Meet descendants of Holocaust survivors who work at the State Department and USAID.
People walking outside U.S. Capitol building (© Patrick Semansky/AP)

How do major political parties split control of Congress?

It's not unusual for the major political parties to split control of Congress or of Congress and the White House. In fact, voters like it!
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Can a name become a metaphor for civil rights?

Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy lives on in the U.S. in part through thousands of things named after him. Learn how that tradition began.
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U.S. copyright: Protecting authors, preserving culture

Every year in the U.S., thousands of old classics become free for use, thanks to protections in U.S. copyright law that spur creativity.
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How Americans welcome the new year [photo gallery]

All across the United States, Americans greet the new year with parties, parades and other festivities, signaling a joyful, fresh start.
Illustration of baby wearing top hat and holding flowers (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Americans we lost in 2022

In 2022, we said farewell to many Americans whose contributions shaped our world. Here are a few of these notable figures.
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What does January 1 signify in Lincoln’s legacy?

Learn how the Emancipation Proclamation paved the way for abolishing slavery and why President Lincoln considered it his finest achievement.
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U.S. towns named for Christmas

Santa Claus, North Pole, Noel and Garland are among the Christmas-themed names of towns across the United States. Learn more about them.
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30 years of continued U.S. assistance under the FREEDOM Support Act

Learn about the lasting impact of a 1992 law called the Freedom for Russia and Emerging Eurasian Democracies and Open Markets Act.