Patrick Henry: Voice of Freedom
Patrick Henry was one of the leading lights of the American Revolution, a voice that would not be silenced until Americans were free and could govern themselves.

Samuel Adams: Ringleader of the American Revolution
Described as a firebrand, a revolutionary, and a patriot, the young Adams was perhaps the most vocal of his generation to demand independence from Great Britain. He believed in the higher cause of independence, and he didn't often let laws that he thought unjust stand in his way.

Benjamin Franklin: America's Renaissance Man
Benjamin Franklin was one of the most famous people of his generation, his country, and his country’s history. He was as close as Colonial America came to having a Renaissance man.

John Hancock: The Money Behind the Revolution
John Hancock is perhaps best known for his very large signature on the Declaration of Independence. However, he was much more important to the American Revolution and the Revolutionary War as a businessman who had large sums of money at his disposal and used that money to support the American cause.

The Boston Tea Party
What caused Americans to get so upset about tea? Find out in this easy-to-read article.

The Modern Incarnation of Root Beer
Root beer as it is known today was first widely marketed by a pharmacist named Charles Elmer Hires on May 16, 1866. It was originally called Root Tea. The drink was a mixture of roots, berries, and herbs. It first went on sale in Philadelphia. Although the drink goes back many, many years, Hires was the first to come up a set recipe and sell it widely and successfully. Root beer became famous in 1876, when it was introduced at the U.S. Centennial Exposition, also in Philadelphia. Among the other famous inventions unveiled at that Exposition were Alexander Graham Bell's telephone and the Remington typewriter. Also on display, in the food department, was Heinz ketchup.

Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka
On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court unanimously announced an end to public segregation in schools in the famous Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka case. It was, in a way, the end of an odyssey for Linda Brown, who suffered the indignities of a second-rate school because of the laws of the land. The decision was also, however, just the beginning of what would be a series of high-profile announcements from the Supreme Court and new laws from the Congress and the President.

The Famous Flight of Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh Charles Lindbergh was the first pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. He did this in 1927. Airplanes were still a relatively recent invention at that time. Lindbergh, born in 1902, began flying when he was 20, touring the United States as a stunt flyer in a Curtiss "Jenny" biplane that had survived World War I. A top-of-the-class status as a graduate in the Army Air Service flying school in Texas got him a job as an airmail pilot in 1926, flying regularly between St. Louis and Chicago. A French hotel owner named Raymond Orteig announced a prize of $25,000 for the first pilot or team who could fly nonstop from New York to Paris, or vice versa. Lindbergh took up the challenge, as did several other pilots. He took off on his historic flight at 7:52 in the morning on May 20, 1927, from Roosevelt Field on Long Island and landed in Paris more than 33 hours later.


The Roman civilization was full of famous people, places, and things. One of the giants of the ancient civilizations was Rome: the city, the republic, the empire, and much more.

Among the more well-known ancient Romans were Julius Caesar, Augustus (right), Pompey, Nero, Caligula.

An elaborate slave class powered the might of Rome, and perhaps no slave was more famous than Spartacus, who led a large-scale revolt in the year 73.

Rome had many enemies. Among the most well-known were Hannibal, Atilla the Hun, Alaric the Visigoth, the Etruscans, the Samnites, and the Parthians. It was the Roman legion that won the wars and kept the peace for a great many years. Rome also suffered through years of internal strife.

Roman aqueduct bridge Pantheon Roman road

The Romans were great builders, of roads, aqueducts, baths, and temples. They built a system of laws that formed the basis for many a legal system to follow.

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