In the 14th century BCE, the united Kingdoms of Egypt were the most powerful state in the Western world, ruled by Pharaohs who claimed divine descent from the gods. But then a Pharaoh named Akhenaton took the throne—and attempted to change the very fabric of Egyptian religion.
Akhenaton worshipping the Sun Disc
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By the 1890s, the United States, which had been a largely agricultural society, had been transformed into a rapidly-expanding industrial powerhouse, with factories and mills sprouting up in every urban area. The US became a lopsided economy, with a small handful of super-rich making immense profits from a great mass of poorly-paid and ill-treated immigrant workers. The result was a series of strikes and industrial warfare, which came to a head in Pittsburgh PA.
Bost Building Museum, Pittsburgh PA
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The last Ice Age came to an end roughly 15,000 years ago. But today we can still see ghostly remnants of extinct Ice Age ecosystems, preserved in living plants.
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The Edsel was intended to be a triumph of American car-making which would sweep the Ford Motor Company to a dominating position. Instead, it became the most famous and most spectacular marketing failure in American business.
Edsel Corsair, Winn Antique Car Museum, Asheville NC
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During the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, American forces attempted to invade Canada. After the wars, the exact boundary between the two nations was unclear, leading to the declaration of a tiny independent country, the Republic of Indian Stream.
The Webster-Ashburton Treaty
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Hawaii is now the 50th American state. But it was once an independent kingdom, until it was illegally seized by the United States in a coup organized by what became one of the largest corporations in the world.
US troops in Hawaii
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The Seminole Wars were the longest, bloodiest, and most expensive of America’s “Indian Wars”.
Reconstruction of Fort Christmas, FL
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