U. S. History

For Juneteenth: Inspiring Reads by Black Authors

By The History Reader

As of January 1, 1863, all enslaved people in the United States were declared legally free by President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. However, as Union law could not be implemented in the Confederate-held south, slaves were not … Read the article

Kidnapped on the Frontier

by Bob Drury & Tom Clavin

Daniel Boone heard the piercing shrieks coming from the river and recognized them as only a parent could. He was too late to see a group of Native Americans carry off his daughter Jemima … Read the article

The Philadelphia: Our Most Evocative National Relic

by Jack Kelly

I have traveled to Revolutionary-era battlefields and forts. I’ve examined countless eighteenth-century muskets, uniforms, swords, and shoe buckles. I’ve looked at the original Declaration of Independence in the National Archives. Yet a single artifact has always stood … Read the article

Here’s the Catch: Pathway to the Majors

By Ron Swoboda

In Here’s the Catch, right fielder Ron Swoboda tells the story of the Mets’ miraculous 1969 World Series win, the incredible season leading up to that moment, the people he played with and against (sometimes at the … Read the article

The Watergate Girl: Joining the Team

by Jill Wine-Banks

Obstruction of justice, the specter of impeachment, sexism at work, shocking revelations: Jill Wine-Banks takes us inside her trial by fire in The Watergate Girl as a Watergate prosecutor. Read an excerpt below.

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Bush Family Matters

by J. Randy Taraborrelli

From biographer J. Randy Taraborrelli comes Grace & Steel, the epic, hidden history of the exceptional women behind one of the greatest political dynasties of all time—the Bush family. Read an excerpt below.

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