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The Deadliest Events in US History

The Deadliest Events in US History

It’s a grim but necessary calculation, counting those Americans who have died in service to their country, as targets of terrorist attacks, amid natural disasters or as victims of pandemic disease. Here are major events from history that have inflicted a devastating toll on ...read more

How the Whig Party, Powerhouse of 19th-Century US Politics, Fell Apart; Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, John C. Calhoun

Why the Whig Party Collapsed

In the mid-19th-century, the two most powerful political parties in the United States were the Democrats and the Whigs. In two presidential elections, 1840 and 1848, Americans voted a Whig into the White House. And some of the most prominent political voices of the contentious ...read more

A History of Attacks at the US Capitol

A History of Attacks at the US Capitol

In its over 200-year history, the U.S. Capitol has been the main location where the Senate and the House of Representatives pass the country’s laws and where presidents are inaugurated and deliver their annual State of the Union addresses. But while the Capitol was built to house ...read more