My objective with this website is to make available to you all the information you need to thoroughly understand the history of the United States of America. You get the story in depth and detail, told in a way that gives it continuity and reveals all the main themes found in your history book. The history of your country is, above all, a very human story, a story told "of, by, and for the people," as Abraham Lincoln put it. You will enjoy the adventures of the many larger-than-life Americans whose exploits tie the story together. The history of your country is also a story about you, because soon it will be your turn to help write the next chapter. When you know the history of your country you will be able to win any debate on the subject, including any debate about history being made today. And, as you become more familiar with the story, you will acquire the power to make some history yourself. A knowledge of the past helps you design the future. It's really that simple. Somebody is going to design the future anyway, both for you and for your country, so it might as well be you. Go ahead and decide right now to make a difference. Start with a knowledge of what has already happened. Pick a chapter in your history book and decide what you would have done to make the story have a happier ending (it usually needs one). Then look at your world today. Are history's mistakes being repeated? Write a different ending. Then make some friends to help you make it happen. History is not really about the past; it is about designing the future. As Thomas Paine (who knew a lot of history) said way back in 1776: "we have the power to remake the world." He used his knowledge of history to do just that. So can you.