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A foot-race: A figurative portrayal of the presidential race of 1824

Search election returns from the earliest years of American democracy.

1870 census, Becks family records from the African-American Families Database

Map the journey of African-American families before and after the Civil War with this online database of genealogical...

Sierra Leone Refugee All-Stars

From Bikutsi to Reggaeton: Explore the culture and history of contemporary Africa and the African diaspora through music.

AIDS Quilt on the National Mall

This digitization of the AIDS Memorial Quilt makes the quilt and the stories of the individuals commemorated in its panels...

Dr. Sabin administers his oral vaccine to two Cincinnati children, ca. 1960.

The papers of Dr. Albert Sabin, developer of the oral polio vaccine, document the development and testing of the vaccine...

Alexander Hamilton, portrait by John Trumbull, 1806

Founding father and first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton laid the groundwork for the nation’s modern...

Appalachian Spring - dancer silhouette on yellow background

In 1942, Aaron Copland was commissioned to write a score for the choreographer Martha Graham. Dance and music in America...

American Icons: Jimi Hendrix's Star-Spangled Banner

Hendrix’s performance of the national anthem at Woodstock in 1969 hit like a shock wave.

Moby Dick, American Icons

An hour-long podcast in pursuit of the influence of Melville’s great white whale on American literature and culture....

American Icons: Monticello

Take a tour through Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, home of America’s aspirations and its deepest contradictions...

American Icons: The Disney Parks

America's vision of Utopia.

American Icons: The Great Gatsby

This hour-long podcast explores F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby and how it became the great American...