President Polk, and generations of sympathetic historians, told the American people the conflict was justified. But what if it was just blatant imperialism?
On the heels of the War of 1812, society began to drastically change due to government action and technological innovation. As some Americans prospered, many were left to wither.
In establishing a centralized government, American elites struggled to find a balance between a top-down system and a system of the people. The arguments that raged in the late 18th century linger with us today.
Injustice hunting has become the new favorite pastime of Americans instead of addressing the problems at their roots.
For slaves and Native Americans, the Revolution wasn’t “radical”: It was one more colossal effort to enforce Western conservative values and preserve the privileges of whites and the rich.
How the social and military experience of revolution shaped the diverse American republic.
For the Puritans of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, a harsh faith justified executing “witches” and burning living Native American women and children.
The Cherokee nation has voted against recognizing the descendants of former slaves, despite a tribal supreme court ruling to the contrary last year. Of the estimated 250,000 to 270,000 members, 8,700 took part in the election. Defenders of the decision say they have a right to determine the nation's makeup without interference from the U.S. government or others.