American History


Battle of Lexington and Concord Facts

Effects of the Battle of Lexington and Concord

As the gun smoke cleared around Lexington and Concord on 19 April 1775, colonial leaders realized the conflict between the colonies and the British Empire had reached a tipping point. The Continental Congress assembled and asked Thomas Jefferson to draft a petition to...
American Literature Definition

Did American Colonists Want Radically New Rights?

It is a myth that the colonists sought to create a radically new conception of political and civil rights. The popular historian Joseph Ellis has fueled this misinterpretation in his American Creation by concluding that the Declaration of Independence was a “radical...
Alexander Hamilton Gay

Was Alexander Hamilton Gay?

Myth: Alexander Hamilton Was Gay One often gets the impression that myths like this are perpetrated to justify modern moral values. Hamilton certainly had a colorful career and death, but this accusation is based on amateur psychoanalysis and extremely circumstantial...
Lies My Teacher Told Me Summary

Fact Check: Benjamin Franklin Had Dozens of Illegitimate Children

Myth: Benjamin Franklin had thirteen to eighty illegitimate children! This myth has been around for a long while, and is even, apparently, perpetuated by tour guides in Philadelphia. In my experience as a professor lecturing students, the image of the balding, portly...
America Is Not a Democracy

America Is Not a Democracy: The Argument

America Is Not a Democracy. Myth: The Founding generation created a democracy From a technical standpoint, America is not a democracy and was never intended to be a democracy. The United States is a republic, and a great number in the Founding generation, if not the...
Who was Involved in the Korean War

Who Was Involved In the Korean War?

Who was involved in the Korean War, the U.S. Congress or the United Nations? In the Korean War (1950–1953), Communist North Korea—with Stalin’s knowledge and support, we now know—invaded the non-Communist South. Despite a public statement by Secretary of State Dean...
Claudette Colvin Quotes

“Separate But Equal”: The 1896 Plessy vs. Ferguson Case

Historical overviews of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s inevitably focus on certain well-known events: Rosa Parks and the Montgomery bus boycott; the forced integration of Little Rock’s Central High School; the desegregation drive in Birmingham in...
Truman Doctrine Significance

The Truman Doctrine’s Significance

The Truman Doctrine was an American foreign policy whose stated purpose was to counter Soviet geopolitical expansion during the Cold War. It was announced to Congress by President Harry S. Truman on March 12, 1947, and further developed on July 4, 1948, when he...
Kennedy Major Accomplishments

Kennedy’s Major Accomplishments

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by the initials JFK and Jack, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from January 1961 until his assassination in November 1963. Kennedy served at...
Elementary and Secondary Education Act

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1865

The Elementary and Secondary Education Act was passed by the 89th United States Congress and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson on April 11, 1965. Part of Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” the act has been the most far-reaching federal...
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