Featured Document Display: The Emancipation Proclamation and Juneteenth
The freedom promised in the Emancipation Proclamation was finally delivered to 250,000 people who remained enslaved in Texas two and a half years after President Lincoln’s historic proclamation and two months after Union victory in the Civil War.
Featured Document Display: The First National Park: Yellowstone and the Hayden Survey
Scientist, physician, and explorer Ferdinand V. Hayden is credited with spurring Congress to make Yellowstone the first National Park.
Featured Document Display: Black Wall Street: 100 Years Since the Tulsa Race Massacre
The Tulsa Race Massacre was the first time the Red Cross mobilized to provide relief outside of a natural disaster.
Featured Document Display: First Congresswoman Jeannette Rankin
Four years before ratification of the 19th Amendment secured American women’s constitutional right to vote, Jeannette Rankin became the first woman elected to Congress.
Featured Document Display: Victory in Japan: 75th Anniversary of the End of WWII
World War II Finally came to an end on September 2, 1945, when Japan formally surrendered on board the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay.
Featured Document Display: The Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
World War II marked the first—and only—wartime use of atomic weapons. The U.S. bombing of Japan helped to bring an end to the deadliest war in history, but resulted in many more civilian deaths.