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 […]

NFL to Hire More Diverse Coaches

NFL to Hire More Diverse Coaches

Posted by on Apr 7, 2022 in United States | No Comments

Lately, more and more attention has been paid to achieving equity in women’s and men’s sports. In February 2022, the U.S. national women’s soccer team settled their equal pay lawsuit and received $22 million in back pay. In March 2022, the antiperspirant company Degree launched a nationwide promotion to encourage awareness of the NCAA Women’s […]

Remembering Madeleine Albright

Remembering Madeleine Albright

Posted by on Mar 30, 2022 in Top Stories, United States | No Comments

Dr. Madeleine Albright, the first female U.S. Secretary of State,  passed away from cancer on March 23, 2022, in Washington, D.C. She was 84 years old. Here, btw reflects on Albright’s incredible life and legacy. Albright’s Early Life and Early Career Madeleine Albright was born Marie Jana Korbelova  in Czechoslovakia in May 1937. She was […]

Black History Month: Imani Perry’s “South to America”

Black History Month: Imani Perry’s “South to America”

Posted by on Feb 2, 2022 in Top Stories, United States | No Comments

During the racial and social protests of the past two years, many Americans have tried to learn more about the complicated social, racial, and economic systems that have shaped our nation’s history and present. A new book by Imani Perry examines the history of southern culture and history in the United States. It is called […]

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. […]

First Native American Nominated to National Parks Service

First Native American Nominated to National Parks Service

Posted by on Nov 11, 2021 in Top Stories, United States | No Comments

The National Park Service was formed more than a century ago by President Woodrow Wilson. It protected the thirty-five national parks and monuments that existed at that time in 1916. Today, the National Parks Service oversees more than four hundred locations totaling 85 million acres in all fifty states. Now, for the first time, President […]