Arlington is one of 114 national cemeteries maintained by the United States government. The major purpose of a national cemetery is to serve as a burial place for veterans of the country's armed forces. Situated across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Arlington has long been close to many Americans' hearts. It is the final home of citizens from all backgrounds. Buried there are ex-presidents as well as former slaves.
Describes the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy, its aftermath, and the various theories connected with it.
Discusses the US Constitution, its amendments, and the rights which they are intended to protect.
The gold found at Sutter's mill caused one of the wildest mass movements of people the world had ever seen. The 85,000 gold seekers who reached California in 1849 were nicknamed "forty-niners." These included young men looking for adventure, as well as older men who had deserted their families in search of an instant fortune.
Describes the voyages and discoveries of Columbus and their aftermath.
Tells the story of the document which eventually led to the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment and relates the role of President Lincoln in freeing the slaves.
On the morning of July 4, 1817, cannons boomed. The cannons, firing near Rome, New York, heralded the start of the construction on the Erie Canal. It was Independence Day, a proper day to begin a project designed to mold the country's future. The town of Rome was almost in the middle of the canal route. It was decided to start construction there and dig both east and west. Soil samples revealed that the digging would be easy near Rome.
Describes the development and early flights of airships and the disastrous crash of the Hindenburg at an airfield in New Jersey in 1937.
Tehran, Iran. November 4, 1979. 52 American people living in Tehran are taken hostage. President Carter later wrote, "[At first] we were deeply disturbed, but reasonably confident that the Iranian authorities would soon remove the attackers from the embassy compound and release our people." Yet it would be another 444 days before they were released.
The Korean War is called the "Forgotten War." The conflict was largely ignored by the American public while it raged. Even today the war is covered by only a few paragraphs, rather than a chapter, in the history books. But those who fought in Korea will never forget the terror and the misery they suffered there. For the rest of their lives they will have painful memories of friends who were killed in that faraway land.
Describes the events surrounding the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City and the memorial created to honor the victims.
Describes the overland journeys to the Pacific during the 1800s by people heading for Oregon.
The history of the Pilgrims, who landed in New Plymouth, Massachusetts, in 1620.
Discusses the role of Congress in governmental separation of powers, defines the powers and rights held by Congress, and examines how the balance of power between the President and Congress has shifted in the last two centuries.
Highlights man's efforts to journey to the moon, with a detailed account of the first landing achieved by Apollo 11.
Traces the history of laws that were passed during the early twentieth century to end the exploitation of child laborers that had been widespread since the beginning of the industrial revolution.
Describes the experiences of the many immigrants who sought entry to the United States at the immigration station on Ellis Island, New York, before it closed in 1954.
Discusses the causes and consequences of the battles which marked the beginning of the American Revolution, in April 1775, after local militiamen were warned by Paul Revere that British troops had set out from Boston.
Describes the bloody battle known as "Custer's last stand," in which an army of Sioux Indians led by Sitting Bull fought off an attack by the United States cavalry, leaving no survivors among the soldiers in Custer's command.
Describes the seventeenth-century expedition undertaken by two Frenchman, a priest and a soldier, that led to the European discovery of the upper Mississippi.
Relates the circumstances of the United States' involvement with the Barbary States of North Africa in the early years of the nineteenth century.
Details the Germans' last big offensive to reverse the course of World War II at the end of 1944.
Recounts the events leading up to the colonists' defiant act against the British known as the Boston Tea Party, which ultimately climaxed in the American Revolution.
Describes the events of the British invasion and burning of Washington.
Presents eyewitness accounts of the devastating effects of the 1871 Chicago fire and describes the subsequent rebuilding of the city.