U.S. History

President Biden touching his mask while sitting at desk with César Chávez bust and framed photos on table behind him (© Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

César Chávez’s place at the White House

President Biden added a bust of labor activist César Chávez to the Oval Office as a sign of his belief in the dignity of workers. Learn more about Chávez.
Percy Julian wearing white coat while standing in lab (© Francis Miller/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Percy Julian: Revolutionary inventor, grandchild of slaves

This visionary inventor overcame discrimination and derived medical treatments from plants. Learn more about the chemist Percy Julian.
Man holding painting in storage room with packed shelves (Allan Goodrich/JFK Library)

Presidential libraries help humanize former U.S. leaders

History often transforms presidents into mythical figures, but U.S. presidential libraries help us understand these leaders and the eras they shaped.
Seorang wanita berdiri di tengah-tengah banyak tabung (© Robert W. Kelley/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Honoring America’s ‘First Lady of Physics’

The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a stamp in honor of researcher Chien-Shiung Wu, a Chinese immigrant who became America's “First Lady of Physics."
Modern sculpture with image of Rosa Parks formed amid vertical poles (U.S. Air Force/Senior Airman Charles Welty)

U.S. memorials honor civil rights hero Rosa Parks

Rosa Parks' refusal to take a back seat on an Alabama bus sparked the civil rights movement. Read more about the memorials that pay tribute to her courage.
Antony Blinken (© Demetrius Freeman/Washington Post/Getty Images)

Meet America’s new secretary of state: Antony Blinken

Antony Blinken says his vision of America is steeped in his relatives' past as refugees. Learn more about the new secretary of state.
Joe Biden and Jill Biden waving from front of White House (© Alex Brandon/AP Images)

Images of the inauguration [photo gallery]

See images of the 59th inauguration, at which Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris became the new president and vice president of the United States.
President Biden sitting at desk and signing documents (© Evan Vucci/AP Images)

A look back at how presidents made history with executive orders

What is the difference between an executive order and a presidential memo? Plenty. We also review some famous executive orders U.S. presidents have signed.
Collage of images of soldier holding U.S. flag, row of soldiers and New York skyline (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Stories from Americans: A military chaplain’s duty [audio]

In this StoryCorps interview, Army Major Ivan Arreguin discusses his experiences supporting people during the first COVID-19 outbreak in New York.