U.S. History

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Smithsonian Perspectives

As part of our 150th-anniversary celebration, we're going to take 150 museum treasures on the road

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One Thousand and One Ways of Saying Uncle

Sam meddles shamelessly in U.S. politics and carries on with Miss Liberty, but nobody knows for sure exactly where he came from

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It's Hard to Believe One Man Held Sway Over All This Land

But it's true. In the mid-1800s Lucien Maxwell, a dauntless former mountain man, ruled a huge chunk of New Mexico and lower Colorado

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Around the Mall & Beyond

In 1939 Moritz Schoenberger, a Hungarian Jew living in Vienna, wanted to join his family in America. His ordeal is told at the National Postal Museum

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Smithsonian Perspectives

The Festival of American Folklife is a popular model for presenting grass-roots culture to the public

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The Soap Box Derby

The Soap Box Derby, a peculiarly American institution, thrives on the U.S. teenage passion for anything that has four wheels and goes fast

Sickle cell anemia

25 Years of Looking for the Unexpected

Over the past quarter-century, the magazine has published more than 2,000 major articles

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Smithsonian Perspectives

The talent and commitment of our volunteers add immeasurably to the well-being of the Smithsonian

"Do You Swear That You Will Well and Truly Try...?"

Trial by jury has had some ups and downs, but it beats what led up to it--trial by combat, and ordeal by fire, water or poison

Howard Hughes stands with his first plane, the H-1.

Howard Hughes' H-1 Carried Him "All the Way"

A silver speedster from the 1930s evokes the golden age of flight, a pair of world-class speed records and the early triumphs of Howard Hughes' life

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Ruth? He Is Still In The Spotlight, Still Going Strong

A century after his birth, four decades after his death, the amazing Babe maintains a powerful grip on America's imagination

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It's a New Battle Every Day In The War on Whiskers

Razors have come a long way in 7,000 years, but preparation and a steady hand remain the survival skills each time steel meets skin

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Around the Mall & Beyond

At the site of a new Smithsonian museum, a team of archaeologists dug up traces of a 19th-century neighborhood

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Smithsonian Perspectives

The electronic transformation that is under way at the Smithsonian will fulfill a central promise of democracy

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The Battle of Lake Erie

We were floundering in the War of 1812 when young Captain Perry delivered the winning motto, "Don't Give Up The Ship"

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