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America Explained

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

Women and the American Story

Art That Changed America

The Golden Age of Sci-Fi

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.

The Ball Culture of New York City

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

Slavery and the Civil War

Think you know all about the Civil War? Think again! This is the untold story of why the North took up arms against the South.

How America Prepared for Nuclear War

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.

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.