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America Between the Civil War and the 20th Century

1865 to 1900
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The newly reunified United States experienced a tenuous peace following the American Civil War. It was a period characterized by great technological advances, but also by increased political,…
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The American Revolution and the Young Republic

1763 to 1816
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Struggling against unjust taxation and British intervention in colonial affairs, the colonies that would come to be part of the United States of America were ripe for revolution in the late eighteenth…
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Sounds of Rebellion

Music in the 1960s
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The music of the 1960s is perhaps as memorable as the historical milestones of the era. Timeless bands, such as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, emerged from England while the U.S. saw the rise of…
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The Growth of a Superpower

America from 1945 to Today
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So rapid has been the growth of the United States since the mid-20th century and so profound the changes it has experienced that its current superpower status in the world sometimes obscures the…
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The United Kingdom

England
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Despite its comparatively small size, England has been a nation of considerable stature on the international stage for much of its history. As the home of parliamentary government, William…
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The United Kingdom: Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales

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Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales—storied lands that have sparked the global imagination through their legends and centuries-old traditions—often seem to be eclipsed by the neighboring…
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Ireland

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Although the independent Irish republic emerged only relatively recently, its rich history and cultural bounties date back centuries. The Irish have long endured strife, struggling against external…
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The Birth of Rock & Roll

Music in the 1950s Through the 1960s
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When rock and roll first burst onto the scene in the 1950s, it was more than a new form of music—it was a rebellion against the past. With the music of such artists as Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly,…
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U.S. Imperialism and Progressivism

1896 to 1920
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With one eye on the world and one on the home front, the United States at the turn of the 20th century was distinguished both by its emerging global engagements—including the acquisition of new…
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From Columbus to Colonial America

1492 to 1763
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The New World, as the land that comprises the United States was once known, held the promise of opportunity and changing fortunes for those who discovered and colonized it. Even before becoming an…
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A New World Power

America from 1920 to 1945
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The inward-looking, isolationist tendencies of the United States as it emerged from the first World War may give the impression of a country vastly different from the outward-looking incipient…
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The American Civil War and Reconstruction

1850 to 1890
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While the United States represents freedom to many, much of its history tragically includes the enslavement of a large portion of its population. When the fight for emancipation came to an epic head,…
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From Democracy's Roots to a Country Divided

America from 1816 to 1850
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Characterized largely by expansionism, economic growth, and social and political reform, the period in American history following the War of 1812 proved advantageous to a number of Americans. Even as…
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