Category - American History

The History of Father’s Day

Father’s Day actually has roots going back to the early Middle ages, just after the fall of the Roman Empire in Europe. Churches celebrated a version. But, it took until the 1970s for it to become a...

The History of Memorial Day

Memorial Day is celebrated on the last Monday of May and is meant to celebrate and honor those who fell during service with the U.S. military. The point of the holiday is clear, but its origins are...

A History of the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

The Roanoke Marshes lighthouse is a replica of the third lighthouse to stand on its site. There are a lot of reasons why lighthouses were important structures in coastal areas in the past. They are...

The History of the Bodie Island Lighthouse

The Bodie Island lighthouse is an important historical landmark in the Outer Banks region of North Carolina. It is actually the third lighthouse to sit on that island, and has recently undergone...

The History of Presidents’ Day

Presidents' Day is a holiday that is celebrated in February, and usually means a day off work or school for many people. It is also highly associated with retail sales, as many businesses hold a...

Adams and the Alien and Sedition Act

The Alien and Sedition Act cost President John Adams re-election. Here's why this act made our nation's 2nd president the first to lose a re-election campaign.

The Evolution of Florida

Florida has changed hands many times in its long history as a European colony and state. Here's the story of Florida's journey from Spanish outpost to 27th state.

The Military Service of Jimmy Stewart

Jimmy Stewart is an American actor best known for playing George Bailey in the classic Christmas movie, It’s a Wonderful Life. Yet, there was way more to Jimmy Stewart than just a famous movie role...

Have You Visited Angel Island?

Have you visited Angel Island in San Francisco? What do you think about building a state park on an island with such a storied past?