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America Explained

The Great Depression

The Great Depression was one of the worst economic disasters America has ever experienced. But it’s also a period that produced some of the great innovations in US history.

Cult of Domesticity: Defining Womanhood

The Cult of Domesticity was a school of thought that middle and upper class women should be confined to the home and aspire to be model wives and mothers.

Museum of Artifacts That Made America

The Tobacco Press: Revolutionising Farmers’ Gold

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.

Hidden Figures

Roberto Clemente: A True Baseball Hero

He hit 240 home runs. Was a two-time World Series champion. And won the coveted Golden Glove twelve years in a row. But life in America for Puerto Rican All-Star Roberto Clemente was anything but easy.

Women and the American Story

Art That Changed America

Indigenous North American Tattoos

To Indigenous North Americans, tattoos aren’t just decorative, they’re also sacred, rich in artistry and meaning, and of huge social, cultural and religious significance.

How Art Saved Yellowstone National Park

The first dedicated National Park anywhere in the world, Yellowstone attracts millions of visitors every year. It was saved for posterity by the work of two pioneering artists.

9/11: Art From Ashes

9/11: Art From Ashes

September 11, 2001 is a day etched into the memories of millions. Art around the world is being used to explore and understand.

Things You Didn’t Know

Academy of American Democracy

The Stonewall Uprising

How the The Stonewall Inn became the focus of the LGBTQ+ community’s fight for rights in the 1960s

Public Spaces and Democracy

Why are public spaces – places that are open to everyone, where people can gather – necessary for democracy?

The Atlantic World

How did the Atlantic World connect the Old World and New World and impact the development of early America?

Speeches That Changed America

Shirley Chisholm – Equal Rights for Women Speech

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.

Ronald Reagan – Tear Down This Wall

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.