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America Explained

Ulysses S Grant: Profile of a Leader

President Ulysses S Grant was a Civil War hero who helped bring about an end to slavery, but he was a controversial figure too – and here’s why.

What Are The Federalist Papers?

Did you know that when the US Constitution was first drafted in 1787, lots of Americans thought it was a bad idea? That’s why Founding Fathers Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay wrote the Federalist Papers

The Bill of Rights Explained

The Bill of Rights makes up the first ten amendments to the US Constitution. Many people still consider the Bill of Rights to be the cornerstone of our society.

Museum of Artifacts That Made America

The AIDS Memorial Quilt

This is the story of a community art project that changed the world’s perception of HIV and AIDs.

The Raised Fist Afro Comb

In 1972, Anthony Romani used the raised fist symbol to create a product that came to symbolise African-American history, culture and pride.

Hidden Figures

Garrett Morgan:

Kentucky-born Garrett Morgan invented life saving gadgets, despite facing racial prejudice all his life.

Women and the American Story

What is Coverture?

Did you know that even today, American Women’s lives are shaped by a legal principle that dates back to the Middle Ages – coverture?

Art That Changed America

Architecture of the White House

The United States is home to some of the most eye-catching architecture in the world. But few American buildings are as iconic as the White House.

Graffiti: Street Art or Vandalism?

Explore the “pioneering era” of graffiti that took place during the years 1969 through 1974, as well as look at its appeal today.

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 Regan – 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.