U.S. history

Painting of sleeping woman wearing hat with flag motif (Library of Congress)

How American art was shaped by World War I [video]

World War I had a lasting impact on the American art scene, from recruitment posters to novels and movies. Here's a glimpse into some of that art.
Cherry blossoms and Jefferson Memorial (© AP Images)

Japan’s much-celebrated gift blooms in Washington

Washington’s famous cherry trees are blooming again. This year marks the 105th anniversary of Japan's gift of the flowering trees to the U.S.
Girls wearing costumes in St. Patrick's Day parade (© AP Images)

Everyone is Irish on March 17

When people think of St. Patrick's Day, they usually think of green clothes, corned beef, green beer and parades — none of which are originally Irish!
Color illustration of White House (Shutterstock)

How much do you know about U.S. presidents? [quiz]

The U.S. has a holiday known as Presidents Day. What do you know about U.S. presidents? Test your knowledge with our interactive quiz!
Painting of large Civil War battle (Image by Buyenlarge/Getty Images)

The debate over the Confederate flag

More than 150 years after the end of the U.S. Civil War, the flag of the Confederate army of the South remains a source of controversy in America.
Row of students in graduation caps and gowns (Thinkstock)

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?
NIkki Haley speaking at lectern (© AP Images)

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.
Two men walking toward wreaths of flowers attended by man in uniform (© AP Images)

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.
Tiered building at sunset reflecting off black tiles (© Alan Karchmer/Smithsonian Institution)

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.