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History.com's state gallery for Massachusetts. Learn more about the state symbols and famous landmarks.
American Revolution: Events and Battles
American Revolution: Events and Battles(12 Photos)
Explore Revolutionary battle sites such as Lexington, Concord and Yorktown, and learn how the events that took place there shaped the course of the war.
American Revolution: Flags and Fliers
American Revolution: Flags and Fliers(10 Photos)
Discover some of the flags and fliers that circulated amongst the colonies before and during the American Revolution.
American Revolution: Key Military Figures
American Revolution: Key Military Figures(10 Photos)
View images of key military figures from the American Revolution, and learn what role they played in this war of independence.
John Adams(7 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of John Adams.
John Quincy Adams
John Quincy Adams(8 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of John Quincy Adams.
John F. Kennedy
John F. Kennedy(20 Photos)
See pictures from the life and presidency of John F. Kennedy.
JFK: A New Generation
JFK: A New GenerationVideo Clip (3:57)
Video Clip (3:57)
John F. Kennedy's progressive agenda during the 1960s inspired a new generation of optimism in America.
Boston MassacreVideo Clip (3:00)
Video Clip (3:00)
Shots fired by British soldiers in the streets of Boston in 1770 would spark the American Revolution.
The MayflowerVideo Clip (2:18)
Video Clip (2:18)
From the Pilgrims' reasons for leaving Europe to the treacherous journey across the Atlantic, musician and artist Jeffrey Lewis puts to song the story of the Mayflower.
Massachusetts 54th Regiment
Massachusetts 54th RegimentVideo Clip (2:48)
Video Clip (2:48)
The 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment was one of the first official black units in the U.S. armed forces. Their courageous assault on Fort Wagner played a key role in bringing about an end to slavery.
American RevolutionVideo Clip (3:20)
Video Clip (3:20)
Get the story of how a fledgling, largely disconnected nation won its freedom from the greatest military force of its time.
Deconstructing History: Mayflower
Deconstructing History: MayflowerVideo Clip (2:35)
Video Clip (2:35)
How many people were on the Mayflower? And how long did it take for them to get to Plymouth? Get the facts.
Salem Witch Trials
Salem Witch TrialsVideo Clip (1:26)
Video Clip (1:26)
What really caused a group of young women to become feverish and delusional?
Boston LobsterVideo Clip (5:03)
Video Clip (5:03)
Once called the 'poor man's chicken,' lobster is now one of the most expensive items on the menu. Some of the country's finest lobster can be sampled in Boston, Massachusetts.
Boston Massacre Sparks a Revolution
Boston Massacre Sparks a RevolutionVideo Clip (1:42)
Video Clip (1:42)
The shooting of several men by British soldiers in 1770 enflames passions in the colonies.
The Sons of Liberty and the Boston Tea Party
The Sons of Liberty and the Boston Tea PartyVideo Clip (1:52)
Video Clip (1:52)
In 1771, a group of colonists protest thirteen years of increasing British oppression, by attacking merchant ships in Boston Harbor. In retaliation, the British close the port, and inflict even harsher penalties.
First Revolutionary Battle at Lexington & Concord
First Revolutionary Battle at Lexington & ConcordVideo Clip (1:58)
Video Clip (1:58)
In April 1775, when British troops are sent to confiscate colonial weapons, they run into an untrained and angry militia. This ragtag army defeats 700 British soldiers and the surprise victory bolsters their confidence for the war ahead.
John Adams: The Early Years
John Adams: The Early YearsVideo Clip (4:00)
Video Clip (4:00)
One of the most influential founding fathers of the United States, John Adams persuaded Congress to adopt the Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Political Career of President John Adams
Political Career of President John AdamsVideo Clip (4:23)
Video Clip (4:23)
Find out about John Adams' political career in the newly formed United States, from his vice presidency under George Washington to hi two terms as president.
Alexander: 'Scrappy' Massachusetts
Alexander: 'Scrappy' MassachusettsVideo Clip (0:30)
Video Clip (0:30)
Jane Alexander shares with us the best things about Massachusetts.
Jane Alexander's Massachusetts
Jane Alexander's MassachusettsVideo Clip (2:30)
Video Clip (2:30)
In this American History video, brought to you by the History Channel, Jane Alexander talks about the history of her home state of Massachusetts. She loves it for its diversity of activities like skiing and hiking and for its diversity of people.
Rockie BluntVideo Clip (2:05)
Video Clip (2:05)
Born in 1925 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Army Infantryman Rockie Blunt battled his way across Europe and into the heart of Hitler's Third Reich. What he saw and experienced during the war continues to impact his life today, over 60 years later.
So You Want to be President: Michael Dukakis - Pressures of the campaign trail
So You Want to be President: Michael Dukakis - Pressures of the campaign trailVideo Clip (3:06)
Video Clip (3:06)
So you want to be president, huh? Michael Dukakis tells us a little bit about the pressures on the campaign trail.
The Ghost of Lizzie Borden
The Ghost of Lizzie BordenVideo Clip (2:32)
Video Clip (2:32)
Did a ghost move a MonsterQuest camera at the Lizzie Borden home in Salem, Massachusetts?
Campaign Spot: Kennedy, Kennedy (1960)
Campaign Spot: Kennedy, Kennedy (1960)Video Clip (1:01)
Video Clip (1:01)
This 1960 campaign spot makes use of JFK's relative youth and a repetitious jingle.
Mega Disasters: Firestorm
Mega Disasters: FirestormVideo Clip (2:17)
Video Clip (2:17)
What could happen if a firestorm ignited tankers in Boston Harbor?
Jackie Kennedy: Queen of Camelot
Jackie Kennedy: Queen of CamelotVideo Clip (2:42)
Video Clip (2:42)
Jackie Kennedy epitomized the youth and glamour of the Kennedy family.
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