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The March on Washington (1963) and the Civil Rights Movement

Orchestrated by labor organizer A. Philip Randolph and unsung civil rights activist Bayard Rustin, the March on Washington was held in the nation’s capital on August 28, 1963. More than 250,000 people, [more…]

Martin Luther King Jr.: Leading Civil Rights with Nonviolence

Born in Atlanta, Georgia, on January 15, 1929, Martin Luther King Jr. originally planned to be a scholar and a minister. King attended Morehouse College and excelled at Crozer Theological Seminary in Chester [more…]

African Americans Fighting in the American Revolution

African Americans have a long standing tradition of fighting for freedom. This tradition reaches all the way back to the American Revolution. In fact, an African American started the Boston Massacre of [more…]

U.S. Constitution's Fifteenth Amendment: Removing Race Qualifications for Voting

The Fifteenth Amendment is the last of three amendments introduced in the wake of the Civil War. The Thirteenth Amendment abolished slavery. The Fourteenth Amendment went further and declared that “all [more…]

U.S. Constitution's Thirteenth Amendment: Abolishing Slavery

“All men are created equal,” proclaims the Declaration of Independence, written by Thomas Jefferson — a lifelong slave owner. How can slavery be lawful in a nation based on equality? This conundrum took [more…]

Key Dates in Australian History

Australian history — well, that kind that’s been written down — begins some 400 years ago when European traders and explorers first started coming up against the coast of a continent they hadn’t found [more…]

Australian History For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Australian history packs a lot of punch into a short recorded time span. You want the world’s oldest continuous indigenous culture? It’s right here. A nation that starts as a convict dumping ground and [more…]

The Beginning of Abraham Lincoln's Presidency

Abraham Lincoln began his presidency by sneaking into Washington, D.C. Because of a suspected assassination plot in Baltimore, Maryland, Lincoln’s railroad car was rerouted so he arrived at a different [more…]

World War II and the Atomic Bomb

Even before World War II began, scientists fleeing from Nazi Germany had warned U.S. officials the Germans were working on developing a huge new bomb that would be triggered through an atomic reaction. [more…]

The Boston Tea Party of 1773

The Boston Tea party of 1773 came just three years after the Boston Massacre. Despite the widespread publicity surrounding the tragedy of the Boston Massacre, cooler heads prevailed for the next year or [more…]

Employing Women during World War II

Millions of women entered the workforce to take the place of the men who were off to the military. By 1943, 17 million women filled a third of civilian jobs, 5 million of them in war factories. “If you’ve [more…]

African Americans: Achieving Greater Equality during World War II

Many African Americans had hoped their service in World War I would help bring them equality in post-war America. But they were wrong. So when World War II started, some black leaders were wary. Ultimately [more…]

Elvis Presley's Musical Influence on America

Almost everyone knows that Elvis Presley was a famous singer, but many people don’t fully understand what he contributed to popular music to earn his widespread fame. Elvis combined different types of [more…]

Remembering Elvis Presley's Death, August 16, 1977

Elvis Presley died at Graceland on August 16, 1977, at 42 years old. His last girlfriend, 21-year-old Ginger Alden, found him slumped over in the bathroom. She called for Elvis’s longtime friend and right-hand [more…]

U.S. Economy and Industry during World War II

Despite all the warnings of war, the United States wasn’t completely prepared when World War II broke out. The Depression had rubbed out many of the country’s machine and tool industries, the military [more…]

Causes and Consequences of the Great Depression

America had gone through hard times before: a bank panic and depression in the early 1820s, and other economic hard times in the late 1830s, the mid-1870s, and the early and mid-1890s. But never did it [more…]

American Participation in the Gulf War

American engagement in the Gulf War has been a source of controversy for many years. Although the Gulf War lasted less than a week the President at the time, George Bush, received criticism for the decision [more…]

Hurricane Katrina Devastates New Orleans

On August 23, 2005, a hurricane formed over the Bahamas and headed toward the southeastern United States. Called Katrina, it crossed Florida, picked up strength over the Gulf of Mexico, and made landfall [more…]

The United States and the War in Iraq

The United States, under the President George H. W. Bush, had decided in 1991 not to prolong the Gulf War by seeking Saddam’s ouster. But it did persuade the United Nations to impose economic sanctions [more…]

U.S. Involvement in the Korean War

On June 24, 1950, the North Koreans invaded South Korea. A few days later, Truman ordered U.S. troops to the aid of South Korea and convinced the United Nations [more…]

Woodrow Wilson's "Fourteen Points"

Nearly a year before World War I was over, President Woodrow Wilson had already come up with a plan of “Fourteen Points,” in which he outlined his version of a peace treaty. Leaders of America’s allies [more…]

How the American Revolutionary War Began

The Revolutionary War was seeded in April 1775 when General Thomas Gage, the British commander in chief in America, decided to make a surprise march from his headquarters in Boston to nearby Concord. General [more…]

Franklin Delano Roosevelt and the New Deal

In 1932, Herbert Hoover was the U.S. president. In 1933, he was toast. Much of the country blamed Hoover for the Depression, although the groundwork for it had been laid long before he was elected in 1928 [more…]

George Washington: An American Legend

George Washington is an American hero. His legendary career has been told and retold, so often that they almost seem untrue. It's a terrible injustice because George Washington was truly one of the most [more…]

President Richard Nixon and the Watergate Scandal

President Richard Nixon's involvement in the infamous Watergate scandal is a controversial issue, even today. Nixon's role in Watergate has been under discussion and clouded in suspicious for years. In [more…]

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