Thanksgiving Turkey and Traditions

Thanksgiving Turkey and Traditions

Americans love turkey on Thanksgiving, and it’s only fitting that the president pay homage to one of the countries dearest traditions. Just look at some of these turkey facts through American history. One of the country’s founding fathers Benjamin Franklin had proposed the turkey as the United States’ national bird, instead of the bald eagle. […]

Celebrate Constitution Week

Celebrate Constitution Week

On September 17, the United States celebrates an important anniversary. On that date in 1787, 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention added their signature to a document that would become the “supreme law of the land”—the U.S. Constitution. James Wilson, a delegate from Philadelphia, proudly stated that “it is the best form of government which has ever […]

Celebrating Hispanic Culture

Celebrating Hispanic Culture

All ethnicities have unique cultures, histories and contributions. There are over 60 million people in this country who come from Hispanic origin. This month, from September 15 to October 15, the United States celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month. All over the country, there will be events that aim to highlight the cultural impact of Hispanic Americans […]

Remembering a Troubled Past

Remembering a Troubled Past

Posted by on Aug 18, 2022 in United States | No Comments

In 1880, an argument started between several customers in a saloon in Denver, Colorado. It eventually led to an anti-Chinese riot that destroyed businesses in the city’s Chinatown neighborhood and killed one person. In 2022, the City of Denver officially apologized to the city’s Asian American community for its role in the riot. The city also […]

Happy Birthday, Title IX!

Happy Birthday, Title IX!

Posted by on Aug 10, 2022 in People and Culture, United States | No Comments

Do you play a sport at school? If so, you are probably impacted by Title IX: groundbreaking legislation that passed fifty years ago this summer. This week, btw examines this important legislation, why it matters, and how it has affected generations of young athletes.  What Is Title IX?  Title IX was part of a bill […]

Examining the Lavender Scare

Examining the Lavender Scare

Posted by on Jun 16, 2022 in United States | No Comments

(Note: This story discusses issues that might be upsetting to some readers, such as anti-LGBTQ discrimination and suicide.)  June is Pride Month: a time to honor and celebrate the LGBTQ+ community. But it is also a time to remember and reflect on important historical moments in the struggle for LGBTQ+ rights and equality. One such […]

History of Juneteenth

History of Juneteenth

Posted by on Jun 15, 2022 in United States | No Comments

President Abraham Lincoln declared an end to slavery in the United States with the Emancipation Proclamation in September 1862. Following the Union army’s success at the Battle of Antietam, Lincoln proclaimed “That on the 1st day of January . . . 1863, all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a […]

The History of Memorial Day

The History of Memorial Day

Posted by on May 26, 2022 in United States | No Comments

Memorial Day is an American holiday to honor members of the military who lost their lives during wars or conflicts. Many local communities hold patriotic celebrations that include parades, fireworks, and flag displays. Memorial Day is observed annually on the last Monday of May as a federal holiday. While the holiday honors fallen service members, […]

Remembering Norm Mineta: Groundbreaking Cabinet Member

Remembering Norm Mineta: Groundbreaking Cabinet Member

Posted by on May 19, 2022 in Top Stories, United States | No Comments

Norman Mineta died on May 3, 2022, at his home in Maryland. Mineta served in two presidential cabinets as head of the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Mineta was the first Asian American appointed to the Cabinet in 2000. As Transportation Secretary during the Bush administration, he helped manage the airline industry in the days following […]

Art and Politics: The 50th Anniversary of Watergate

Art and Politics: The 50th Anniversary of Watergate

Posted by on May 13, 2022 in Top Stories, United States | No Comments

In the early 1970s, the United States government experienced the Watergate scandal. The investigation led to President Richard Nixon’s resignation. Now, the National Portrait Gallery has produced an art exhibit commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of this moment in American history. Here, btw takes a closer look at Watergate: Portraiture and Intrigue.   What Was Watergate?  Early […]

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