U.S. history

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45,000 become U.S. citizens during Constitution Week

For the thousands becoming U.S. citizens this week, the date holds an extra special significance. It is the anniversary of the signing of the Constitution.
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9/11 memorials pay tribute to victims’ sacrifice [video]

Check out this 360-degree video that lets you experience the three memorials built in the U.S. after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.
Nighttime view of New York City skyline (© Gary Hershorn/Getty Images)

Helping 9/11 families pay for college

The Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund helps many dependents of those killed or permanently disabled in the 9/11 attacks or aftermath pay for college.
Man placing bouquet of flowers at monument (© Tran Van Minh/AP Images)

U.S. Senator John McCain’s life and legacy remembered in Vietnam

From prisoner of war to symbol of reconciliation: U.S. Senator John McCain is laid to rest in the United States and honored at a Hanoi monument.
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Smithsonian honors Special Olympics athletes and history

A new museum exhibition traces the roots of the Special Olympics organization, focusing on founder Eunice Kennedy Shriver and four accomplished Special Olympians.
Tall ship on the water with sails full (© George Adkins/Maritime Museum of San Diego)

Living history museums bring the past to life

Found in regions across the United States, living history museums create an immersive, hands-on experience so visitors can learn about different eras of American history.
South Dakota Badlands at night with rising moon (© Daniel Regner/Getty Images)

America’s Midwest has vast natural beauty

Beyond the rolling farmlands and growing metropolises, America’s heartland is home to some of the nation’s most beautiful natural wonders.
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Nelson Mandela’s 100th birthday: A look back at visits to the...

South Africa's first black president inspired Americans with each of his visits to the U.S. before he died in 2013. Nelson Mandela still does in 2018, the centenary of his birth.
Queen Elizabeth II and President Eisenhower (© Keystone/Getty Images)

Learn why these Americans are honorary British knights and dames

Dozens of American citizens, from actors to politicians to preachers, have joined the ranks of British knighthood through their varied contributions to the U.K. and the world.