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History

How the American Confederacy Was Born

July 18, 2019

By February 1, 1861, the Deep South states had left the Union. What happened next was the need for a new government. Go inside the dramatic political convention held in Montgomery, Alabama, which gave birth to the Confederate States of America. […]

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History

The South’s Slide to Secession

July 18, 2019

The election of 1860 concluded with Abraham Lincoln and the Republicans triumphant. The great question facing the United States: How would the South react? Take a closer look at the Lower South’s immediate move toward secession. […]

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History

Philosophical Views of the Middle Ages

July 18, 2019

For the Humanists, the Middle Ages were so dismal asto not be worth studying. But what about subsequent centuries of philosophers? How did Enlightenment and Romantic thinkers see this period of history? How do their competing views influence our understanding of whether the Middle Ages was a period to be cherished—or feared? […]

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American History

The Pentagon Building’s 9/11 Memorials

March 23, 2019

The Pentagon is one of the most iconic buildings in the Washington, D.C. area. On September 11, 2001, this grand military complex—the headquarters of the Department of Defense—was the site of a devastating terrorist attack. How did the Pentagon memorialize this traumatic national event? […]

Presidential White House in D.C.
Interactive Course Guides

The White House and the Presidency

March 22, 2019

Track the history and the dramatic fortunes of the White House, from its building, expansion, burning, reconstruction, and further expansions down to the present. Then visit the White House, beginning with the Oval Office and Cabinet Room and following the route of a White House tour. Also visit the parks adjoining the White House, and the Jefferson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorials on the National Mall. […]

Vietnam War Memorial in Washington DC
American History

Who Built the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C.?

March 20, 2019

Today, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial is a landmark feature of the nation’s capital and a must-see spot for visitors from around the world wishing to honor the fallen soldiers from a contentious 20th-century war. But the story of how this iconic Washington, D.C. memorial came to be is a tale of trauma, solidarity—and controversy. […]

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American History

What Happens Inside the U.S. Supreme Court?

March 20, 2019

For those of us outside the legal profession, the judicial branch may be the most opaque branch of the U.S. government—and the least understood. But it is by no means the least important. Here’s why it’s worth your time to come see the Supreme Court in action. […]

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