Annals of American History

Explore the rich and varied history of the United States with Britannica’s Annals of American History, an online year-by-year documentary of American thought and action.

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About Annals of American History

Read the original words of more than 1,500 authors who made and analyzed American history through their speeches, writings, memoirs, poems, and interviews.

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Features of Annals of American History

  • Experience in-depth coverage.

    Coverage dates back from the Discovery of the New World by Christopher Columbus to the inaugural address of Barack Obama. Read A Day on the Oregon Trail, the Diary of a Confederate Spy, and the Camp David Accords.

  • Read their original words.

    Users can read the original words of luminaries who have made history, including Madeleine Albright, Henry Ford, John Hancock, Malcolm X, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

  • Travel back in time.

    Multimedia transports today’s students back in time to hear Franklin D. Roosevelt giving his first inaugural address and John F. Kennedy discussing Soviet missiles in Cuba.