How did America get its name? The man from whom the continents got their names was an especially fascinating character of the late 15th century.
I am at loss for the proper word to use to describe what television has done with Haley's book Roots. "Enhance" will not do, nor is "heightened" sufficient. There is no word that is adequate.
The story 'Roots' spans six generations and 100 years. Here's a day-by-day synopsis of Roots: The TV miniseries.
Bartholomew Roberts, also known as Black Bart, was a notorious pirate who raided ships off between 1719 and 1722. Here are some of the harsh - and sometimes unexpected - rules that governed the crews on his ships.
Here are images showing New York City's growth from a frontier settlement known as New Amsterdam to the metropolis of the western world --through the Colonial times, and in the early days of US independence.
While books and articles on the American slave trade can provide important insights, actually seeing the ads that were placed in the newspapers of the era really brings it home.
Two big questions that have emerged over the years: Did George Washington have wooden false teeth? Did George Washington's dentures include actual human teeth that came from slaves? Find out here!
Benjamin Franklin dies at 85: Upon the death of a prominent American, we are favored with the following short account of Franklin's last illness, by his friend and physician, Dr Jones.
While Benjamin Franklin may be known for 'Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise,' that wasn't his only insight on the subject of sleep. In the summer of 1786, he wrote this, 'The Art of Procuring Pleasant Dreams.'
How did your last name come to be -- and who brought it to America? Find out in this book, featuring 400 pages of information about more than a thousand last names of the original colonists and other early settlers!
Pirate Jean Lafitte, The Terror of the Gulf of Mexico, made prizes of several British East Indiamen, and eventually, became wealthy and powerful enough to found the colony of Barataria, at the mouth of the Mississippi.
Edward Jenner, the discoverer of vaccination - including the smallpox vaccine - and one of the greatest benefactors of the human race, performed his first test experiment in 1796.
George Washington considered the patronage of the government as a sacred trust, created for the good of the whole people, and to be employed for the good of the whole.
Drafted in secret by delegates to the Constitutional Convention during the summer of 1787, this four-page document, signed on September 17, 1787, esta... Click to read more...
"It with inexpressible grief, that I have to announce to you the death of the great and good General WASHINGTON. He died last evening be∣tween 10 and 11 o'clock, after a short illness of about twenty-four hours."
"Without virtue and without integrity, the finest talents and the most brilliant accomplishments can never gain the respect and conciliate the esteem of the truly valuable part of mankind."
Within three years, the crooks and turnings and devious wanderings of Boston’s most honored highways and byways will be nothing more than a memory of the past...
The Mother of John Q Adams It is said that superior men always have superior mothers, and it certainly seems to be the case in general, if not always... Click to read more...
TEA, DESTROYED BY INDIANS. YE GLORIOUS SONS OF FREEDOM, brave and bold, That has flood forth—fair LIBERTY to hold; Though you were INDIANS, come fr... Click to read more...
Forefathers' 4th How the great day was celebrated a hundred years ago Customs of old times / Powder and firecrackers were expensive and the nois... Click to read more...
This is actually only one of several theories, with very little actual evidence. In truth, it seems no one actually knows for sure when the bell was c... Click to read more...
Who else would you turn to in order to build a better (electrical) mousetrap in the early 20th century? Nikola Tesla would end up filing a US Patent for his improvements on Ben Franklin's almost 200-year-old lightning rod design.