The American Civil war was fought over the right to own slaves and not State rights no matter how they try to spin it. Learn the facts about the American Civil War, the leaders, the events, and the laws that helped shape America.
Began with the settlement of Indigenous people before 15,000 BC. Numerous cultures formed. The arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1492 started the European colonization of the Americas. Most colonies formed after 1600. By the 1770s, thirteen British colonies contained 2.5 million people along the Atlantic coast east of the Appalachian Mountains. After defeating France, the British government imposed a series of new taxes after 1765, rejecting the colonists' argument that new taxes needed their approval (see Stamp Act 1765). Tax resistance, especially the Boston Tea Party (1773), led to punitive laws by Parliament designed to end self-government in Massachusetts.
We help people understand the past in order to make sense of the present and shape a more humane future. Exhibitions on a range of topics offer firsthand experiences with treasures of American history. We collect artifacts of all kinds—from gowns to locomotives—to preserve an enduring record of our past for the American people.