An introduction to Thurgood Marshall and his relationship with The NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
What did the Founding Fathers really think of slavery? And how did that impact the laws they created?
With the first shots of the American Revolution, they downed tools and ran to help in the fight for independence. This is the story of the ordinary people who helped found a nation.
Museum of Artifacts That Made America
Today we know the risks of smoking tobacco, but over 100 years ago the dangers were less so, and tobacco became a booming business in Kentucky. Its success can in part be credited to the Burley tobacco press.
James Edward Hanger was hit by shrapnel from a cannonball at the beginning of the American Civil War- he designed the world’s first articulated prosthetic that could bend like a real leg.
As one of the authors of the Declaration of Independence, Thomas Jefferson’s words helped found a nation. But did you know that he also invented the modern day swivel chair?
Folklorist and social crusader – Stetson Kennedy, who helped unmask one of the deadliest hate groups in US history – the KKK.
For civil rights activist, lawyer, judge and state senator Constance Baker Motley, breaking through the limits placed on women and people of colour was all in a day’s work.
At a time when the British ruled over the 13 colonies of North America with an iron fist, poet, playwright and ‘whistleblower’ Mercy Otis Warren – used her words to throw serious shade their way.
Women and the American Story
The story of Harriet Robinson Scott who challenged slavery in the highest court in the United States.
The story of how an enslaved woman, Sojourner Truth, became one of the most important social justice activists in American history.
The story of transgender activist, Marsha P. Johnson, who dedicated her life to LGBTQ+ rights.
Art That Changed America
The Harlem Renaissance was an explosion of African-American culture and creativity that began in 1920s New York.
The Golden Age of Sci-Fi Literature saw American authors combine factual science with fantastical fiction to take readers into the farthest reaches of the imagination.
As far back as the 1860s, LGBTQ+ people created safe spaces where they could celebrate their identities freely. Odd Fellow Balls became the birthplace of drag ball culture.
Things You Didn’t Know
Think America was prepared for the ultimate Cold War threat? Think again! This is the untold story of how the US prepped citizens for a potential atom-bomb Armageddon.
They experienced incredibly hardships in the fight against fascism. This is the story of the US servicemen and women held as prisoners of war.
Think the US Constitution protects equal rights for women? Think again! This is the untold story of the Equal Rights Amendment.
Academy of American Democracy
How the The Stonewall Inn became the focus of the LGBTQ+ community’s fight for rights in the 1960s
Why are public spaces – places that are open to everyone, where people can gather – necessary for democracy?
How did the Atlantic World connect the Old World and New World and impact the development of early America?
Speeches That Changed America
President George W. Bush delivers a much anticipated speech to a Joint Session of Congress, outlining America’s reaction to the unprecedented atrocity.
Patrick Henry delivers a speech on the rights of the colonies before the Second Virginia Assembly. His words ‘give me liberty or give me death’ would become the war cry of the revolution.
Shirley Chisholm, the first African American Woman elected to Congress, addresses the US House of Representatives to argue in support of a controversial women’s rights bill; the Equal Rights Amendment.
On June 12, 1987, President Ronald Reagan delivers a speech to the people of West Berlin, calling upon the Soviet Union to tear down the wall that divides the city.
36th President, Lyndon B. Johnson delivers his famous speech “The Great Society”. See if you can hear any parallels to modern-day America?
Former U.S. Secretary of State, William Jennings Bryan deliver an impassioned speech regarding Imperialism