Category Archives: History

College Board gives in and adds ‘American exceptionalism’ to AP U.S. history

Last year’s standards, implemented in the fall of 2014, made waves around the country — Georgia, Texas, and Oklahoma all introduced bills to completely ban the courseGeorgia and Oklahoma both passed resolutions to ban the subject completely if it did not undergo changes, and Texas voted to teach a state-mandated version of U.S. history instead […]

The time America put its national treasures on a cross-country train

An elderly woman, a former slave, reading the Emancipation Proclamation in a glass case on the Freedom Train. Image: Francis Miller/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images Between 1947 and 1949, America’s most treasured documents crisscrossed the length and breadth of the nation, on board a train — the “Freedom Train.” The idea for the remarkable train had […]