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The Making of a Nation

The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States. Each report tells how the country and its people have developed.


7:33 PM - 7:39 PM February 12, 2016

Benjamin Banneker: Surveyor, Mathematician, Astronomer


4:51 PM - 4:59 PM February 01, 2016

Alexander Hamilton: Father of American Banking


10:28 PM - 10:43 PM January 22, 2016

Thomas Jefferson: The Nation's Third President


9:02 PM - 9:14 PM January 14, 2016

John Adams: The Nation's Second President


8:50 PM - 8:59 PM January 08, 2016

Abigail Adams: A First Lady Ahead of Her Time


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.

    Benjamin Banneker: Surveyor, Mathematician, Astronomer

    Benjamin Banneker was one of the few free black people in the American colonies. The self-taught mathematician helped plan the nation’s capital and wrote a popular book. Today, he is remembered for questioning how Thomas Jefferson could ignore slavery in the Declaration of Independence.

    Audio Alexander Hamilton: Father of American Banking

    Alexander Hamilton was not a president, but he was a famous early U.S. leader. Americans know him as the creator of the national bank, the face (for now) on the $10 bill and as a modern star on Broadway. His death is also one of the most celebrated stories in U.S. history.

    Audio Thomas Jefferson: The Nation's Third President

    Jefferson lives vividly in the American imagination – even more than 100 years after his presidency and death. In the United States, Jefferson’s name is often linked to the country’s history of self-government, slavery, separation of church and state, and public education.

    Audio John Adams: The Nation's Second President

    John Adams followed George Washington into the highest elected office in the United States of America. He took over the job of president at a time when people were not sure if the new country would survive.

    Audio Abigail Adams: Feminist, Partner, First Lady

    Abigail Adams was the wife of the second president of the United States, John Adams. She was also the mother of the sixth president, John Quincy Adams. And she was smart, outspoken, hard-working and beloved by her husband, the President of the United States.

    Audio Dialogue: Tales from the Lewis and Clark Expedition

    VOA's Anna Matteo interviews colleague Kelly Jean Kelly on her recent expedition. This month Kelly followed the footsteps of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Hear some stories she brought back with her. And learn the difference among road trip, business trip and expedition, as well as other words!

    Video What's So Important about Sept. 17?

    Constitution Day is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution. It is normally observed on September 17, the day in 1787 that delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document in Philadelphia.

    The Bill of Rights

    The first ten amendments -- or, changes -- to the U.S. Constitution are called the Bill of Rights. After 2/3 of Congress and state legislatures approved them, they became effective in 1791.

    The Amendments

    The Constitution has been changed only 17 more times after 1791. Many of the amendments in the 19th and 20th centuries have permitted more people to vote, including African Americans, women and 18-year-olds.

    Audio The U.S. Constitution

    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: 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.

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Emirati girls in traditional outfit, usually worn in their village by elderly women, look on during the al-Gharbia Watersports festival near al-Mirfa beach outside Abu Dhabi.

Emirati girls in traditional outfit, usually worn in their village by elderly women, look on during the al-Gharbia Watersports festival near al-Mirfa beach outside Abu Dhabi.