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James K. Polk’s first State of the Union Address, on 2 December 1845, promoted the concept that the US should encompass all of North America.

In 1904, when tobacco farmers of Kentucky and Tennessee formed an association to unite against the American Tobacco Company, a vigilante splinter group decided to deliver its own brand of rough justice.

Blessed with beauty and wealth, California fails to come to terms with its past.

From the taming of the ‘Wild West’ to the lucrative wages of sin.

The unusual circumstances of the founding of New Orleans have had lasting impact on its culture. 

The pushcarts of the Lower East Side epitomised New York’s bustling immigrant community. The drive to Americanise brought about their demise and changed the streets forever. 

Benjamin Franklin was a practical man. When short of type as a young printer, he spurned the idea of waiting for duplicates from England and...

A celebrated image of the first Thanksgiving presents an idealised view of a troubled relationship.

Faced with an extortionate rise in the price of kosher meat, Jewish women in New York’s Lower East Side employed protest tactics borrowed from the radical political movements that prospered in their neighbourhood. 

The deal to buy Alaska from Russia was signed on 30 March 1867.