In the 19th century, white families in the U.S. could easily acquire real estate. This was never the case for Black Americans.
U.S. National Archives
Old 19th-century agreements between the U.S. government which expelled Indigenous peoples from their land and gave it cheaply to white settlers continue to impact inequalities in the United States.
Presidents Thomas Jefferson and Donald Trump.
Wikipedia for Jefferson official portrait/REUTERS/Leah Millis for Trump photo
Americans are overwhelmingly committed to a free press and hostile to government restrictions, a new poll finds. But the country is divided on the meaning of President Trump's attacks on the press.
President Donald Trump sits down for an iftar dinner, in the State Dining Room of the White House.
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
As President Trump resumes an annual tradition of celebrating Ramadan, it provides a moment to remember that Islam has long been practiced in America.
Pastors kneel in prayer in front of the Supreme Court, as a counter-protester holds a sign that says “What’s Christian About Discrimination.”
AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin
Arguments on religious freedom have taken place throughout US history and have landed in the Supreme Court as well. Interpretations have changed over time.
A cellar worker steams American oak wine barrels before their use at Silver Oak Cellars in Oakville, Calif.
AP Photo/Eric Risberg
Wine came to the US in the 16th century but didn't make it to California – the leader in American winemaking – until the 19th century.
Jeff Flake called the US president's lies and attacks on the media a danger to democracy, but it's unlikely to change anyone's mind.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stands during a service at the International Church of Las Vegas in Las Vegas in Oct. 2016.
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Trump embraced evangelicals in his first year as president. Here, scholars provide historical context to how the religious right has shaped American politics over the past decades.
The wedding cake on display at Masterpiece Cakeshop.
AP Photo/Brennan Linsley
The Supreme Court appeared divided over claims of religious freedom in the case of a gay wedding. History shows how contentious religious freedom has been in America.
The Library of Congress is in Washington, D.C.
Catalog data are a library's most important map to knowledge. What does it mean that
the Library of Congress just released 25 million records to the public?
The Thomas Jefferson memorial in Washington, DC.
The first two Muslim-American women are in Congress now. They stand in a long and little-known tradition of Islam in America.
President Ronald Reagan on stage with his wife Nancy, 1984.
AP Photo/Reed Saxon
Trump's budget would eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities, breaking a tradition of funding humanities scholarship that goes back to the nation's founding.
Little Rock protest, 1959.
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Ignorant and hateful people are not behind the production of racist ideas, as Americans are taught so often during Black History Month.
Trump calls for a ban on Muslims entering the US.
Thomas Jefferson would disagree with Trump's call to bar one religious group from entering the country. But that's not to say that Trump's idea isn't anything new in American history.
Bronze statue of Jefferson in the Jefferson Memorial, Washington, DC.
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Democratic parties in four states have recently removed the names of Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson from their annual fundraising dinners, a move now under consideration in at least five other states…
Notions of the ‘right to know’ forced Hillary Clinton to defend her use of a private email account as secretary of state - a far cry from the days when citizens didn’t even know how their representatives voted.
The idea of the right to know as the 'lifeblood of democracy' is a surprisingly modern development. And in an age when transparency is prized, privacy and secrecy can still be justified in many cases.
A new generation of wine drinkers.
What beverage has grown continuously in consumption for the past 20 years in America? Wine. According to the Wine Institute, in 1993 Americans only drank 1.74 gallons of wine per capita. In 2013 that figure…