A naturalization ceremony in Los Angeles.
AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes
How Americans decide who can come into the country and who can stay reflects beliefs about what makes people worthy of opportunity.
Headline of a planned summit between Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump.
AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon
A former US Department of Defense and State Department official explains why a hard-line approach on North Korea will likely fail, as it did with Iran.
Americans tend to prefer beers that have corn or rice ‘adjuncts,’ or fillers.
The unique role of the temperance movement in US history might explain why, when it comes to Americans' tastes, bland beer is still king.
Southern Pacific steam engine No. 1364 in 1891.
Efforts to curb railroads' monopoly power in the 19th century hold lessons for 21st-century policymakers and internet giants alike.
Nuclear reactors line the bank of the Columbia River at the Hanford site in 1960.
During the Cold War, the US built nuclear weapons at a network of secretive sites across the nation. Some are still heavily polluted and threaten public health today.
Violeta Chamorro President of Nicaragua meets with former President Bush in the Oval Office at the White House in 1992.
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite
Decades ago, the CIA created a secret department dedicated to spreading anti-communist propaganda around the globe. A scholar explains how it is comparable to Russian meddling through social media.
DACA supporters march to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office to protest after the September 2017 announcement that the program would be suspended with a six-month delay.
AP Photo/Matt York
Throughout America's history, a duality has existed: On one side, there has been the belligerent, aggressive America. On the other, the generous, amiable one.
Keur Gui - Thiat, left, and Kilifeu, right.
The international community has failed to recognise the new political visions being articulated by young musicians and activists across Africa.
Covered statue of Stonewall Jackson in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The US has yet to fully undergo a process of truth and reconciliation.
Kelp and sardines in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary.
No new oil drilling has been approved since 1984 off the California coast, where a major spill in 1969 helped launch the environmental movement. Sixty-nine percent of Californians oppose offshore drilling today.
An 1894 cartoon by Frederick Burr Opper criticizes American newspapers’ elasticity with the truth.
Library of Congress
The practice of calling attention to false stories – with actual fakers then levying the charge on their accusers – dates back to battles between progressive reformers and corporate media outlets.
Bill Clinton and Donald Trump share an awkward anniversary.
Protesters in front of a statue of a Spanish missionary in downtown Los Angeles, California.
For the Native people of California, the dream has been more of a nightmare.
‘I don’t care what they say about me,’ P.T. Barnum once said, ‘as long as they spell my name correctly.’
The new movie about P.T. Barnum couldn’t come at a better time: It's impossible not to see his ghost in our culture, in our advertisements and in our president.
Keisha Lance Bottoms.
AP Photo/John Bazemore
The city's image as a model for black mobility and civil rights is crumbling. An expert on race and class politics takes us behind the veneer of one of the South's most important cities.
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, center.
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
It hasn't always been, writes legal expert.
‘Fearless Girl’ dons a pink hat on March 8, 2017, on Wall Street in New York. An inscription at the base reads, ‘Know the power of women in leadership. She makes a difference.’
AP Photo/Mark Lennihan
A huge majority of Americans support equal rights for women. Is now the right time to get an amendment passed?
For the first time, human beings harnessed the power of atomic fission.
By figuring out fission, physicists were able to split uranium atoms and release massive amounts of energy. This Manhattan Project work paved the way both for atomic bombs and nuclear power reactors.
The impetus to impose immigration restrictions to prevent entry of certain ethnic groups into the US is not a new one.
Political reporter William D. Workman speaks at a GOP event in 1962.
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In the 1960s, white newspaper journalists exploited racial divisions to help build the GOP's southern firewall.