On this day in 1810,

the abolitionist Cassius Marcellus Clay was born. Clay, son of Kentucky slave-owners, was inspired by abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison to launch a lifelong crusade to end slavery. After graduating from Yale University, Clay returned to [...]

Fannie Lou Hamer risked her life to vote

On this day in 1917, the Mississippi civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer was born. Hamer was the granddaughter of a slave and the youngest of twenty children born to Mississippi sharecroppers. She began picking [...]

Looking at 10 great speeches in American History

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech certainly ranks highly in the pantheon of public speaking. Here is a look at the Dream speech and other addresses that moved people – and [...]

Happy Birthday 19th Amendment

Today, we celebrate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment (ratified on August 18, 1920). Here’s what you need to know:   The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied [...]

Eight States Add Citizenship Test as Graduation Requirement

Eight states—Arizona, Idaho, Louisiana, North Dakota, South Carolina, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin—passed laws in 2015 that require students to pass some version of the test given to immigrants applying to become naturalized U.S. citizens in [...]

It was 250 years ago today: the Sons of Liberty take over Boston

There were a lot of events that led to American Independence, but it was 250 years ago today that the seeds of revolution were planted in an angry Boston, when protesters let their feelings known [...]