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Influence Policy in Washington, D.C.: Join the Washington Establishment

Maybe you think working in Washington, D.C., is the life for you. Welcome to the Washington establishment. Joining the club takes hard work, persistence, and luck, but every year countless young folks [more…]

Carter G. Woodson, the Father of Black History

Every February, the President of the United States issues a statement that speaks of the important contributions of African Americans to the progress of the nation and the world. Thus, Black History Month [more…]

The Life, and Short Career, of James Dean

James Dean was a film actor who remains an icon of both Hollywood and American pop culture — despite that fact that his movies are nearly 60 years old and his career consisted of only three major roles [more…]

Mildred J. Loving: Trailblazer for Legalized Interracial Marriage

In 1964, Mildred Jeter Loving took the first step in fighting the Virginia state law banning interracial marriage. Mildred's initiative led to the landmark 1967 U.S. Supreme Court ruling that declared [more…]

Roe v. Wade: How Abortion Became Legal in the United States

Roe versusWade, better known as Roe v. Wade,is the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion within the first two months of pregnancy. Up until then, individual state laws regulated abortions [more…]

Jimmy Carter, President and Humanitarian

James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr., grew from the rural south to become peanut mogul, a state senator, the governor of Georgia, and eventually the 39th President of the United States. Though some might consider [more…]

George Herbert Walker Bush: From Navy Blue to White House

George Herbert Walker Bush was born in 1924 into one of the most prominent families in the United States, a wealthy family committed to civil service. His parents instilled in him a sense of civic obligation [more…]

Historical Terms to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

To prepare for analogies involving history on the MAT, it’s best to start with the most important terms — kind of like what you’d pick up from a basic college course in world history. Before taking the [more…]

Historical Events to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

There’s a saying, “Those who do not learn history are doomed to have it show up on the MAT.” To prepare for analogies involving history on the MAT, you should familiarize yourself with important events [more…]

Historical Figures to Study for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT)

To prepare for the MAT, you should familiarize yourself many aspects of history, including memorizing the most important figures in history. The following lists important people in history that you should [more…]

Key Dates of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

The Lewis and Clark expedition (at the time known as the Corps of Discovery Expedition), was the first American exploration of what is now the western portion of the United States. Lewis and Clark departing [more…]

Noteworthy Native Americans that Lewis and Clark Encountered

Many Native American tribes gave the Lewis and Clark expedition shelter, food, transportation, guides, maps, directions, and advice. Several individual Native Americans also stand out in their efforts [more…]

Primary Members of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

One of the reasons that the story of Lewis and Clark and their journey continues to fascinate people today is its large and colorful cast. Of the 40-some on the Lewis and Clark expedition, here are a few [more…]

Lewis and Clark's Unforgettable Adventure

The Lewis and Clark story is proof that sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction: A melancholic presidential secretary and a genial frontiersman leading three dozen young Euro-American men, a handful [more…]

Lewis and Clark For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Lewis and Clark's exploration of the West remains one of the best stories in American History. The first European-Americans to venture west of the Mississippi had quite an adventure — partly because Lewis [more…]

Having Fun, American Style: Baseball and U.S. History

Here's an interesting tidbit from U.S. history: Ever since the Mayflower landed, Americans had been playing versions of a game known variously as "one old cat, [more…]

The History of an Incredibly Useful U.S. Product: Vaseline

Ever wonder about the history behind some of the products Americans take for granted? Where, for example, did petroleum jelly come from? Robert A. Chesebrough was looking for a way to keep from going broke [more…]

Rebels Without a Clue: A Little History Behind an Extremist Group in the U.S.

They had guns and a flair for publicity, and that combination captured the attention of the American public and made the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA) one of the most high profile of the extremist fringe [more…]

Cashing In on Chips: Gordon Moore, U.S. Inventor

He was a self-confessed "indifferent student" who grew up to be "the father of Silicon Valley."

Moore was born in 1929, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. After earning a Ph.D. from the California [more…]

10 Pre-21st Century U.S. Inventions That Changed Life as We Know It

Build a better mousetrap, goes the old saying, and the world will beat a path to your door. But just how good a mousetrap do we need? And who wants the world messing up your lawn beating paths to your [more…]

Hoisting a Few with the Founding Fathers: A Little Alcohol History in the U.S.

While it was customary to give sailors a daily ration of rum in the British Navy, it wasn't always a great idea in tropical climates because it made some of them tipsy. So in 1741, while sailing near the [more…]

4 Native American Tribal Migration Theories

Where did the Native Americans come from? No one knows for sure, but here are four theories regarding how the first people came to occupy the North American continent. [more…]

Native American Major Culture Areas

A culture area is a region where different Native American tribes shared certain characteristics, such as housing and hunting practices, all of which were based on the climate and resources in the area [more…]

5 Native American Tribes the Europeans Liked Best

At the time the English started to colonize North America, five tribes greatly impressed them. The English admired these tribes because of their perceived intelligence, work ethic, and character, as well [more…]

Native American Types of Housing

Native Americans (called Indians or American Indians in historic times) lived in several types of housing, all of which depended on the resources and climate of the area. The most important types of Native [more…]

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