Hawaii: The Last State

Hawaii was the last of the 50 states to join the Union – so far.
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Why History Is Important

We learn about the past so we don’t repeat other people’s mistakes.
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William Henry Harrison: The Ninth President

William Henry Harrison was the ninth president, and just one of many in a family of American leaders.
William Henry Harrison (1773–1841) was the ninth president of the United States. He took… Continue Reading

We Don’t Understand the Mars Climate – Do We Understand Ours?

Mars is a much simpler planet than Earth, but the climate doesn’t follow the rules we think it should.
Mars is a simple planet compared to Earth. Its climate should be very simple… Continue Reading

Georgia: The Fourth State

Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the Constitution and join the Union.
On January 2, 1788, Georgia became the fourth state to sign the Constitution and… Continue Reading

Martin Van Buren: The Eighth President

Martin Van Buren was the eighth president – and the first in office to be born an American citizen.
Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) was the eighth president and the first to take office… Continue Reading

Florida: From Spain to the United States

Florida was first explored by the Spanish in the early 1500s – but the French weren’t far behind.
Florida, with its warm climate and sandy beaches, is a popular vacation spot. It's… Continue Reading

Capitalism Created the Middle Class

Capitalism creates competition, which makes people more equal.
Some say that capitalism leads to a greater gap between the rich and the… Continue Reading

Delaware: The First State

Delaware was the first state to sign the Constitution and join the new United States.
Delaware was the first state to sign the Constitution in 1787, making it the… Continue Reading

Andrew Jackson: The Seventh President

Andrew Jackson was the seventh president of the United States.
Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) was the seventh president of the United States. He was born… Continue Reading

Hawaii: A Land of Volcanoes

Unlike any other state, Hawaii is made up of a string of volcanic islands.
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The Importance of History: The Past Is the Key to the Future

Understanding the past can save us from repeating mistakes.
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William Henry Harrison: The Indian-Fighter

William Henry Harrison’s reputation as an Indian fighter helped his political career.
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Mysterious Mars Weather: Just How Well Do We Understand Climate?

The mysteries of weather on Mars might mean we don’t understand Earth as well as we think.
Mars is a simple planet compared to Earth. There is almost no atmosphere, there… Continue Reading

Georgia: A Refuge for Debtors and the Poor

James Oglethorpe originally founded the Georgia colony to free up prison space in England.
On January 2, 1788, Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the Constitution and… Continue Reading

Martin Van Buren: The Little Magician

Martin Van Buren was known as the Little Magician by his supporters – and the Fox by his enemies.
Martin Van Buren (1782-1862) was the eighth president and the first to take office… Continue Reading

Florida: A Contested Land

The Spanish were the first Europeans to explore Florida – but the French weren’t far behind.
The first written records of Europeans in the area that became known as Florida… Continue Reading

Capitalism: Making People More Equal

As the competition in any industry changes, so do profits.
Some say that capitalism leads to a greater gap between the rich and the… Continue Reading

Delaware: A Little State with a Big History

Delaware is the second smallest state in the Union, but as the first state, it has a rich history.
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Andrew Jackson: The First Democrat

Andrew Jackson was one of the founders of the Democratic Party, and its first president.
Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) was the seventh president of the United States. He was born… Continue Reading

Hawaii: The Loveliest Fleet of Islands

Mark Twain fell in love with Hawaii, and he’s not alone. It has long been a tourist favorite.
Hawaii is a very unique state. It is made up of a group of… Continue Reading

The Importance of History: Learning from the Mistakes of the Past

As George Santayana said, “Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”
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William Henry Harrison: The One-Month President

William Henry Harrison refused to wear a coat for his long inaugural address – and died of pneumonia four weeks later.
William Henry Harrison (1773–1841) was the ninth president of the United States and served… Continue Reading

Mars Mystery May Complicate Earth Climate Science

Strange weather on Mars suggests we lack a fundamental understanding of Earth’s climate.
Mars is a simple planet compared to Earth. There is almost no atmosphere, there… Continue Reading

Georgia: The Colony that Almost Wasn’t a State

When it came time to declare independence from Britain, the Georgia colony almost didn’t.
On January 2, 1788, Georgia became the fourth state to ratify the Constitution and… Continue Reading

Martin Van Buren: The Antislavery Democrat

Martin Van Buren helped form the Democratic Party, but his antislavery views eventually led him to help create the Free Soil Party.
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Florida: The Original Battleground State

The Spanish and French fought over Florida for years before it joined the United States.
Florida, with its usually mild climate and sandy beaches, is a popular vacation spot… Continue Reading

Capitalism: The Race to the Middle

Competition makes everyone more equal.
Some say that capitalism leads to a greater gap between the rich and the… Continue Reading

Delaware: Home of the Blue Hen Chicks

Delaware’s soldiers in the Revolutionary War earned the nickname Blue Hen Chicks for their fierceness in battle.
Delaware was the first state to ratify the Constitution in 1787, making it the… Continue Reading

Andrew Jackson: The President Called King

Andrew Jackson was so fond of using his veto power, he earned the nickname King Andrew I.
Andrew Jackson (1767-1845) was the seventh president of the United States. He was born… Continue Reading