- American Westward Expansion
- In the 19th Century, the United States fulfilled its Manifest
Destiny, successfully extending its continental domain from East
to West. These pages place the events of that history along a textual
Hiroshima: At 8:15 AM, on August 6, 1945...
- "On 6 August ... came the historic news that shook the world,"
wrote Harry Truman, who told his aide, "This is the greatest thing
in history." The world should still shake after the first military
use of an atomic weapon. Hiroshima will never let us forget.
Andrew Jackson: Indian Removal Policy & The
Trail of Tears
"Toward the aborigines of the country no one can indulge a more
friendly feeling than myself, or would go further in attempting to
reclaim them from their wandering habits and make them a happy, prosperous
So Andrew Jackson said in his second annual message to Congress.
But the Indian Removal Act, enacted earlier that year, forced the last
Eastern tribes to move west of the Mississippi, and resulted in the
death marches which would be later called The Trail of Tears.
Chief Seattle and the Ecology Speech
"In 1854, the 'Great White Chief' in Washington made an offer
for a large area of Indian land and promised a `reservation' for the
"Chief Seattle's reply, reproduced here in full, has been described
as the most beautiful and profound statement on the environment ever
Chief Seattle probably did respond eloquently to the "Great White
We'll just never know what he said. In fact, the version most people
are familiar with was written by a Hollywood screenwriter.