U.S. History

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You don’t have to be black to attend a historically black...

Historically black colleges are committed to social justice and view themselves as part of a historical legacy. What else makes them appealing?
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Daughter of South Asian immigrants becomes U.N. ambassador

Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley will serve as the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.
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A message of peace as Obama and Abe honor fallen at...

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe joined President Obama at Pearl Harbor to commemorate the fallen in the war between their countries.
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Get a peek at the new African-American history museum [video]

The Obamas visited the National Museum of African-American History and Culture ahead of its opening on September 24. Watch the video for a tour.
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African-American history museum holds a story for us all

The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is set to open in Washington on September 24. Learn why it matters.
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What takeout food reveals about U.S. history

How and what Americans eat often reflect the changes taking place in society at any particular time. Fast food and pizza delivery can teach us a lot.
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At Hiroshima, Obama honors war dead, renews call for world without...

During President Obama's trip to Hiroshima, Japan, he honored those who died and renewed his call for a world without nuclear weapons.
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Everyday conversations: ‘All men are created equal’ [audio]

Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, is a significant place in American Civil War history. Learn English terms and phrases related to these historical events.
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Tennessee: Civil War battlefields, music heritage and the Great Smoky Mountains

Tennessee's famous music scene includes country, soul and rock 'n' roll. Take a break from the city and breathe in fresh air from the Great Smoky Mountains.