Late 20th Century

  • Oprah Winfrey

    Oprah Winfrey

    Oprah Winfrey is one of the most successful television personalities of all time. But her life began very humbly. Fun Facts Oprah was born in 1954 in Mississippi. Her mother was a maid and her father was a coal miner and a barber. Oprah’s mother was just a teenager when…


  • Venus and Serena Williams

    Venus and Serena Williams

    Two sisters dreamed of becoming tennis stars and made that dream come true through hard work and perseverance. Fun Facts Venus Williams was born on June 17, 1980. Serena was born a year later on September 26, 1981. Their father had always enjoyed watching tennis on television. He wanted to…


  • Martin Luther King Jr.

    Martin Luther King Jr.

    After Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus, things started to change. There was an energy and a movement among African Americans, especially young adults. They gathered together to protest the Jim Crow laws that kept blacks and whites segregated. First, four black students in Greensboro,…


  • Maya Angelou

    Maya Angelou

    One of America’s most beloved writers and poets, Maya Angelou made many other contributions too. Fun Facts Maya Angelou was born in St. Louis, Missouri in 1928. When she was three (and her brother, four), her parents’ marriage ended. Her father sent the two children alone on a train to…


  • James Earl Jones

    James Earl Jones

    James Earl Jones is a famous African American actor known for his deep, booming voice. You might know him as Darth Vader or Mufasa, but his story began long before his film career. Fun Facts James Earl Jones was born in 1931 in Arkabutia, Mississippi. Life was tough for African…


  • Donald Trump Becomes President

    President Obama was elected in 2008 and went on to serve two terms, beating out Mitt Romney in the 2012 election. In the 2016 election, Hilary Clinton ran against Donald Trump. Hilary Clinton, President Bill Clinton’s wife, had a long history of political experience. She had served as Secretary of…


  • President Obama: America’s First African-American President

    George W. Bush’s presidential campaign promised “compassionate conservativism.” He promised to lower taxes while caring for the poor and needy. He wanted to reduce government regulations and ensure individual freedoms. His agenda changed after 9/11 though. Crushing terrorism became a major concern. Bush remained a popular president and won a…


  • The Great Recession 2007-2009

    The terrorist attacks on 9/11 took a toll on U.S. industries. The stock market plummeted in the days following the attacks. Airlines struggled to avoid bankruptcy as Americans, leery of airline travel, cancelled their travel plans. The economy recovered quickly, though. Low interest rates and lax lending rules made it…


  • Guns in America

    Gun control has always been a hot topic in the U.S. Early colonists relied on their guns for both hunting and protection. Had they not had guns, they would have had a difficult time winning the Revolutionary War. After the war, most Americans fiercely defended the right to keep guns.…


  • Culture and Lifestyles in the 21st Century

    The first part of the 21st century marks rapid changes in social values, similar to the changes that occurred in the first part of the 20th century. Families become more diverse. For the first time in history, large groups of people opt not to get married or have children. Technology…