U.S. history

Blue fighter jets with yellow markings flying in close formation (© Mathieu Belanger/Reuters)

Blue Angels: Celebrating 75 years of precision flying

The Blue Angels' displays of precision flying have dazzled millions worldwide. Learn more about the U.S. Navy flight squad celebrating 75 years.
Pottery jar (Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Works by enslaved 19th-century artist now show in U.S. museums

David Drake, who was born enslaved, learned to read and write when it was illegal. His hundreds of ceramics with inscribed poetry were an act of resistance.
Line of people viewing erupting geyser (© Dave Stamboulis/Alamy)

The 5 most popular national parks during the pandemic [photo gallery]

July 31 is World Ranger Day! Learn about five of America's most visited national parks (there are 423 parks total) and what keeps guests coming back.
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.