The Making of a Nation explains the history of the United States. Each report tells how the country and its people have developed.
4:51 PM - 4:59 PM February 01, 2016
10:28 PM - 10:43 PM January 22, 2016
9:02 PM - 9:14 PM January 14, 2016
8:50 PM - 8:59 PM January 08, 2016
10:09 PM - 10:09 PM August 27, 2015
9:11 PM - 9:22 PM August 21, 2015
6:56 PM - 7:07 PM August 21, 2015
7:42 PM - 7:50 PM July 31, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 28, 2015
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
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM May 07, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM April 30, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM April 16, 2015
9:59 PM - 10:08 PM April 13, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM April 09, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM April 02, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM March 26, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM March 19, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM March 12, 2015
10:45 PM - 11:00 PM March 05, 2015
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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 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.
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.
“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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wednesday, February 10, 1500 UTC: Dr. Jill Robbins and new intern Jessie Vo host.