History Stories
CATEGORY: Westward Expansion
How U.S. Westward Expansion Breathed New Life into Slavery
March 13, 2018

From farmable land to timber and gold, the 19th-century American West has long been described as a land of opportunity. But for many, it was little more than another place of bondage. Read More

7 Frontier Survival Hacks Worthy of Daniel Boone
March 12, 2018

Watch the water. And cook that bear meat well. Famed hunter-adventurer Steven Rinella mines early frontier history to deliver 7 ways to safely navigate the backcountry. Read More

7 of the Gutsiest Women on the American Frontier
March 8, 2018

Spies and scouts, mothers and homestead keepers, women quietly made their mark on America's changing western frontier. Read More

Why Have Americans Always Been So Obsessed with the Land?
March 7, 2018

Land lies deep in the American psyche. Read More

10 Things You Should Know About the Donner Party
April 14, 2016

Explore 10 key facts about one of the most gruesome episodes from the era of westward expansion. Read More

Remembering the Oklahoma Land Rush
April 22, 2014

Look back at the day when 50,000 “boomers” and “sooners” made a mad dash to stake their claims in the Oklahoma Land Rush. Read More