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The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


10:09 PM - 10:09 PM August 27, 2015

US Constitution - Original Preamble


9:11 PM - 9:22 PM August 21, 2015

George Washington: President, Man, Myth


6:56 PM - 7:07 PM August 21, 2015

George Washington: President, Man and Myth


7:42 PM - 7:50 PM July 31, 2015

James Madison, Father of the Constitution


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 28, 2015

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 21, 2015

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 07, 2015

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM April 30, 2015

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM April 16, 2015

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


9:59 PM - 10:08 PM April 13, 2015

America Remembers Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM April 09, 2015

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM April 02, 2015

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM March 26, 2015

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM March 19, 2015

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM March 12, 2015

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM March 05, 2015

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM February 26, 2015

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM February 19, 2015

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM February 12, 2015

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.


10:45 PM - 11:00 PM February 05, 2015

The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States, and each week tells how the country and its people have developed.

    Audio What Does the US Constitution Say?

    It begins with the three powerful words, "We the People." From there onward, the U.S. Constitution made history. It is the oldest written constitution still in use in the world today. In this article, learn what it says and hear a simple explanation of the meaning of each article.

    Audio George Washington: President, Man, Myth

    “First in war, first in peace and first in the hearts of his countrymen.” That was how one of George Washington’s friends and fellow soldiers described him at his funeral. He left a long list of accomplishments. Even today, George Washington remains one of the most important people in U.S. history.

    Audio Martha Washington, America's First First Lady

    When her husband George became president of the United States, Martha Washington became the new nation’s first lady. It was a position she did not want, but one she helped create for all the first ladies who came after her.

    Video James Madison, Father of the Constitution

    James Madison was one of the youngest and softest spoken members of the Constitutional Convention. He was certainly the shortest. But he was one of the most important founders of the U.S. government. How did he get the delegates to agree to his ideas?

    Audio Things You (Probably) Don’t Know About the 4th of July

    Sure, you know Americans celebrate their Independence Day on the fourth day of July. But do you know they have the wrong date? Or where they get all those fireworks? Hint: not from the UK.

    Audio America Remembers Abraham Lincoln's Assassination

    Americans remember an important date in history: 150 years ago, President Abraham Lincoln was killed. Museums and historic organizations all around the country have special exhibits and events.President Lincoln was the first American president to be assassinated.

    Audio Lee Surrenders! … 150 Years Ago

    April 9 marks the 150th anniversary of Southern General Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Northern General Ulysses S. Grant. His surrender meant the end of the U.S. Civil War. One historian says the dramatic event is one of the most important in U.S. history.

    Audio The Civil War Ends

    Four years of bloody fighting had preserved the Union of states and freed four million slaves. But the cost of the war was great – in lives, in money and in infrastructure. Yet the country had to find a way to rebuild.

    Audio Actor Shoots Lincoln, Calls Him a Tyrant

    ​On Friday, April 14, 1865, Lincoln was enjoying a play at the Ford's Theater when a man came from behind and shot him. To millions of Americans, Abraham Lincoln's death was a personal loss. They had come to think of him as more than the President of the United States. He was a trusted friend.

    Audio Southern General Robert E. Lee Surrenders at Appomattox

    General Robert E. Lee’s military skill and intelligence helped extend the war between the states. But even his skill could not save the South from the industrial power of the North and its mighty armies -- armies that were better-fed and better-equipped. On Sunday, August 9, Lee surrendered.

    Audio Continue or Stop the War? Voters Choose in Election of 1864

    Lincoln hated the Civil War. But he would not end it until military victory ended slavery and guaranteed political union. When Union troops captured Atlanta, the last remaining industrial cities of the South.The people of the North began to understand their side was winning the war.

    Audio Sherman Burns Atlanta in March to the Sea

    In late 1864, Union General William Sherman brought a form of total warfare to the American South. He aimed to limit the South’s ability to fight and wanted to show the people of the Confederacy that their government could not protect them. His victory damaged the spirit of the South.

    Audio Strong Defense at Cold Harbor Gives Lee His Last Major Victory

    After Northern forces defeated Southern troops at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and Vicksburg, Mississippi, General Ulysses Grant decided to hit the Confederates with the full force of the Union armies. The fight did not go as he expected. But General Grant was resolved to defeat the Confederates.

    Audio Lincoln's Words at Gettysburg Still Have Meaning

    On November 19, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln said no one would remember his speech at a battlefield cemetery in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. But Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address remains one of the most important speeches in U.S. history. | The Making of a Nation

    Audio Battle of Gettysburg Ends the South’s Hopes

    In the summer of 1863, Confederate General Robert E. Lee led his troops into northern territory. He faced the army of Union General George Meade in central Pennsylvania. The Battle of Gettsyburg was one of the most important fights in the war. Historians believe the battle ended the South's hopes.

    Audio  Lincoln Says He Will Free Most Slaves in the South

    By the summer of 1862, President Lincoln was losing support for the nation’s bloody civil war. People in the north were tired of fighting to save the Union. In time, however, Lincoln recognized another reason to fight: to free slaves in the South. This changed the very nature of the Civil War.

    Audio South Defeats North Again at Manassas

    Lincoln named George Pope to lead the Army of Virginia. He wanted to join Pope’s forces with the Army of the Potomac and break through Confederate defenses around Richmond. But General Robert E. Lee decided to hit Pope first. Lee then decided to carry the war to the North.

    Audio Iron Ships Clash at Sea

    The American Civil War was fought not only on land, but at sea. In 1862, Confederate and Union forces fought a new kind of navy battle in waters off Hampton Roads, Virginia. It was the first battle between iron ships. On the Confederate side was a ship called the Virginia. | The Making of a Nation

    Audio McClellan Approaches Richmond ... And Waits

    The North and South clashed in a series of battles called the Seven Days Campaign. The struggle saved the Confederacy but came at a terrible price. But victory came at a terrible price. Twenty thousand Confederate soldiers were killed or wounded. The Civil War was becoming more costly.

    Audio Grant Leads Union Troops to Victory at Shiloh, but With a Cost

    Ulysses Grant won the greatest Union victory since the start of the Civil War. At first the North celebrated the news of its victory. But the public quickly became angry when they learned of the heavy losses. People blamed General Grant. They demanded President Abraham Lincoln dismiss him.

Learn with The News

  • Audio Obama Hikes Melting Glacier to Highlight Climate Change

    President Obama is touring Alaska to send the message that quick action is needed to combat climate change. Those who do not believe in climate change are standing on a "shrinking island," he said. Mr. Obama asked the world to respond quickly to cutting greenhouse gas emissions. More

  • Audio UN: Temple Destruction Is a 'Crime Against Civilization'

    A United Nations official says Islamic State militants have destroyed the Temple of Bel in the historic Syrian city of Palmyra. The head of the U.N.’s cultural agency is calling the destruction, an “intolerable crime against civilization.” More

  • Video Iran Seeking Foreign Visitors and Their Money

    The agreement between Iran and six world powers will ease financial restrictions on the Middle Eastern nation. Iranians hope that the end of travel restrictions will lead to more foreigners visiting the country. In London, travel agents say some people are already asking about how they can visit. More

  • Audio China's Manufacturing Slowdown Worries Investors

    Also, Europe struggles to deal with a migrant wave; President Obama urges action on climate change; Thai officials arrest a bombing suspect; and protests in Lebanon increase. More

  • Audio US Preparing Sanctions Against China

    The United States is preparing to act against Chinese who steal trade secrets using the Internet. The actions could freeze accounts and block the transfer of money. They would target thieves who use the Internet to steal U.S. trade secrets. More

Featured Stories

  • Audio Are You Too Smart for Your Own Good?

    If you think being smart is always a good thing, think again. Smart has many meanings. Read on to find out what they are and the surprising origin of the term Smart Aleck. More

  • Audio Everyday Grammar: Fun with Future Tenses

    English has several ways to talk about the future. It's one of the most flexible tenses in English. We visit some popular songs for examples of the future forms. Read and listen as the Everyday Grammar team shows you six ways to express an event in the future. You will not regret it! More

  • Video A Horseman in the Sky by Ambrose Bierce

    Carter Druse lived in Virginia, a southern state during the American Civil War. He had a tough decision to make - should he join the Confederate Army or the Union Army? Read this classic American Story to find out what decision he makes, and what it means to his father and fellow soldiers. More

  • Audio Betty Azar, 'Rock Star' of English Grammar

    It all started with a question from a student. The year was 1965. Betty Azar was teaching her first English as a Second Language class at the University of Iowa. A student from the Middle East asked Ms. Azar, “Why can’t I put a in front of water?’ As in ‘I drank a water.’” More

  • Audio Millions with Mental Illness Get Little or No Treatment

    The World Health Organization reports that hundreds of millions of people worldwide have a mental disorder. However, the WHO adds that most get little or no treatment. Learn the vocabulary needed to talk about this important study. More

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