To some Americans, the figures on Mount Rushmore are patriotic leaders; to others, they’re colonizers.
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For some viewers, President Trump's July 3 speech at Mount Rushmore represented love of country. Others saw it very differently.
The musical re-telling of the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton has been widely praised for its pro-immigrant and anti-colonial sentiments.
It may have a diverse cast but it erases the Black and Indigenous people who were there in the room and relegates women to the sidelines.
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Hamilton – soon to stream as a film – has been hailed as radical. But it's true to the traditions of the American musical – the pursuit of truth, freedom and the American dream.
Emergency hospital during influenza epidemic at Camp Funston in Kansas around 1918.
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A century ago, the influenza pandemic killed about 50 million people. Today we are battling the coronavirus pandemic. Are we any better off? Two social scientists share five reasons we have to be optimistic.
Burning confiscated elephant ivory and animal horns in Myanmar’s first public display of action against the illegal wildlife trade, Oct. 4, 2018.
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In the 1800s, Americans hunted many wild species near or into extinction. Then in the early 1900s, the US shifted from uncontrolled consumption of wildlife to conservation. Could Asia follow suit?
These kids learned about staying healthy in schools around the time of the 1918 pandemic.
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School systems realized that they couldn't deal with the pandemic on their own.
President John F. Kennnedy personally bid the first Peace Corps volunteers farewell.
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The agency's earliest ad campaigns emphasized youthful idealism, patriotism and travel opportunities. That was an easier sell than urging Americans to enlist in an anti-communist operation.
Women portraying suffragettes walk with the Pasadena Celebrates 2020 float at the 131st Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2020.
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On the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, women's historic struggles to vote continue to resonate as the country debates who should vote and how.
George Washington would have thought wearing a mask was manly.
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A biographer of George Washington says that the father of the country would have no problem wearing the kind of protective gear that President Trump shuns.
Artisanal small-scale gold mining polluted this stream and deforested sections of the Madre de Dios area of Peru.
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Small-scale gold mining operations in developing countries are major sources of toxic mercury pollution, using techniques that haven't changed much since the California Gold Rush 150 years ago.
President and Mrs. Roosevelt enjoying after-luncheon conversation with patients of the Warm Springs Foundation.
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Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s personal battle with polio, and his steady hand while overseeing a national eradication campaign, highlights decisive leadership against a virus that terrified America.
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During a tour to Australia, Little Richard feared the nuclear apocalypse and – on stage – annonced he was giving up music.
Little Richard swung between flamboyant performances and religious fervour - but he always came back to music. With news of his death at 87, musicians paid tribute to his huge rock 'n' roll legacy.
Workers in a pork processing plant, 2016.
COVID-19 outbreaks have occurred at more than 100 US meatpacking plants. Geography, workforce demographics and economic concentration make it hard for workers to fight for better conditions.
The first Earth Day in 1972 spurred other countries to support global environmental action.
April 22, 2020 is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, which catalyzed action to protect the environment not just in the US but internationally.
Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts.
'Walden,' published in 1854, is a manual for solitude with a purpose.
The AIDS Memorial Quilt, honoring people who died of AIDS, on display in Washington, D.C. in 2011.
It took decades for scientists to recognize HIV/AIDS as a new disease, and years longer to mobilize an effective response with broad public support. Will the US do better against novel coronavirus?
Reenactment of 1811 German Coast Uprising.
A reenactment of the largest slave rebellion in US history involves a plot twist. A scholar who studies race, history and memory says the new ending can spark new beginnings.
Election fraud is not usually as obvious as this.
When the electoral process was helped along by practices that either were or appeared to be underhanded, the resulting wounds took a long time to heal – and may not ever have healed.
Rush Limbaugh reacts as President Donald Trump delivers his State of the Union address.
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Researchers have analyzed data from the last 50 years of medals to learn what presidents consider important and what legacy they hope to leave behind.