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Guides to timeless stories - complete with chapters covering elements of the story context and an array of primary sources in various media - give the richest sense of why, and how, the story is important, instructive and moving.

In 1841, Solomon Northup (a free black living in Saratoga) is betrayed, sold to a Southern plantation owner and spends 12 years as a slave before he i...

Leonidas, the king of Sparta, leads the Greek army against Xerxes' Persian army but is killed in the fight at Thermopylae. Later, Themistocles defeats...

On the 15th of April, 1947, Jackie Robinson made history when he broke the color-barrier in major league baseball.

John Nash, a Nobel-Prize-winning genius who suffered from schizophrenia, died in a tragic car crash on May 23, 2015. He was portrayed by Russell Crowe...

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Abraham Lincoln is known, among other things, as "The Compassionate President."

Enjoy Dickens’ story about Scrooge - abridged, dramatized and illustrated!

Statue of Dietrich Bonhoeffer at Westminster Abbey in London.

Stories of breakthroughs in learning and living and the conditions needed for such revelations.

Texians, rebel forces who want their independence from Mexico, fight at the Alamo against Mexican general Santa Anna. The Alamo falls on March 6, 1836...

A virtuous doctor who said: "The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others."

Fyodor Dostoevsky bargains badly with a publisher and has to produce a novel within one year.

Alexander the Great is born into wealth, driven by ambition, and serves as a role model.

On May 12, 1789 William Wilberforce chided fellow members of the British Parliament with these words: ''You can look the other way, but you can no lo...

Four coordinated attacks via four separate airplanes devastate America's sense of security on September 11, 2001.

Tired of paying high taxes to Great Britain, the thirteen American colonies decide the time has come to be free.

Tired of paying high taxes to Great Britain, the thirteen American colonies decide the time has come to be free.

Kidnapped Africans, on board La Amistad, do not consider themselves slaves and revolt. Not long thereafter they are captured and put on trial.

When and where did the Olympic Games begin? During the Archaic Period in ancient Greece, sacred Olympia is host to the ancient Olympic games. What is...

This is the story of the Russian physicist who created the hydrogen bomb only to have second thoughts about the after effects of the device.

Angels and Demons is a fictional movie set in Vatican City, and which includes historical and scientific facts.

Today, if an animal kills a human being, it is often "put to sleep." In medieval times, killer animals - and insects - were put on trial for similar ...

For soldiers whose faces were mutilated in WWI, Anna Coleman Ladd was an angel of mercy. Using her artistic skill as a sculptress, she created new fac...

Susan B. Anthony, champion of women's rights, votes in the 1872 presidential election (Ulysses S. Grant vs. Horace Greeley) and is arrested three week...

Despite growing up in foster care, Antwone Fisher becomes a successful Hollywood writer.

Raoul Wallenberg was instrumental in rescuing 100,000 people during World War II. Most people have never heard his story.

The story of one man's courage in the struggle to make peace in the Middle East.

Tensions between the US and Iran still run high. Is there a cause for this ongoing friction? On the 27th of January, 1980, six diplomats secretly esca...

Lincoln starts his 1st term as the US begins a civil war and dies just as the war ends.

It's the 22nd of November, 1963, and JFK receives a warm Dallas welcome. Then shots ring out, and the President is raced to Parkland Hospital where he...

Attila, king of the fifth-century Huns, seeking land, destroys many towns during his eight-year rule.

The Red Army liberated Auschwitz 75 years ago. What was this place of horrors?

For his entire life, Howard Hughes was afraid of germs and their effect on him.

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Steven Pressfield reveals ancient principles from the Hindu scripture, Bhagavad Gita, in a modern story set in the sport of golf.

With baseball-card trading popular during the pandemic, check out how the game began and investigate some little-known facts about how baseball cards ...

In the midst of a bad thunderstorm, on 26 March 1827, Beethoven dies. Even when he is profoundly deaf, this musical genius writes extraordinary music ...

Locks of Beethoven's hair, snipped from his head at the time of his death, reveals that he has lead poisoning.

Benedict Arnold is traitor to his country for $1 million.

Set in Scandinavia, Beowulf is an Old-English, heroic-epic poem which is also part of today's popular culture.

This story gives clarity to the myths surrounding Betsy Ross and the American Flag.

When Stalin industrializes the USSR, he does so by breaking the spirit of people and depriving them of food and shelter. This story is about what happ...

Elizabeth Short's mutilated body is found a week after she is last seen; no one knows what happened to her.

3 cases of human plague are reported in New Mexico. What is this illness? In the 1300s, science does little to prevent, diagnose or treat Bubonic Plag...

US military troops enter every battle thinking they will win because of superior technology; this isn't always the case.

George Jung and Carlos Lehder, who meet in jail, agree to flood the US with cocaine. Lehder hopes to destroy America's politics and moral structure.

50 years ago, Bobby was killed in LA. As President John F. Kennedy's younger brother, Bobby Kennedy (RFK), was a close advisor to the President who la...

Statue of Dietrich Bonhoeffer at Westminster Abbey in London.

The First Amendment is created to protect the creation and expression of ideas.

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William Wallace, a Scottish landowner, is a key leader during the war with England for Scottish independence.

Mark Rylance wins an Oscar for his portrayal of Rudolf Abel in "Bridge of Spies." Protecting his real identity, this spy uses the name of a deceased f...

Erin Brockovich, working at a law firm, finds PG&E is polluting the air, water and soil with toxic chemicals.

A fierce wolf-like animal, La Bete, kills over 100 people in the valleys and fields of Auvergne in France.

In September 1943, Germans massacre Italian soldiers who occupy the Greek island of Cephalonia.

Steven Spielberg reveals Frank Abagnale's life in a movie that includes themes of divorce, loneliness, law breaking and redemption.

This story is about Cecil, a beautiful lion that was killed in Africa by a big game hunter and includes information about lions.

In the 1850s, laws protecting citizens do not apply to slaves because they do not have the same rights as white citizens.

This story looks at the events in Cesar Chavez's life that led to his life-long fight for equality for migrant workers.

This is the true story of how an ordinary young girl challenged a government over her concern for the lack of human rights in her country.

January 28th is the 31st anniversary of Challenger's loss. Christa McAuliffe is selected to be the first teacher to fly in space aboard the Challenger...

This story shows how AwesomeStories presents positive role models for students.

A spider spinning a web, and the death of a "precious" pig, inspire Andy (E.B.) White to compose a beloved children's classic.

The 1920s are a time of good living and great change. In Chicago, a young reporter named Maurine Dallas Watkins, writes a play based on real-court cas...

Early Americans expect children to work in hard adult jobs.

Both World Wars bring on much sacrifice and misery, especially for children.

Learn about the life of C.S. Lewis, beginning with how he chooses his nickname.

When Jim Braddock makes one of the greatest comebacks in sports history, Damon Runyon coins the nickname, Cinderella Man.

The story of the reasons for the historic passage of the Civil Rights Amendment to the Constitution, thought the eyes of President Lyndon B. Johnson.

Americans fight their deadliest war at "home," losing about two percent of the entire population.

William Bartram's 1791 book, "Travels Through North and South Carolina," accompanies Inman as he flees the Civil War.

On February 1, 2003, the space shuttle Columbia explodes during reentry. What caused this mission to fail, resulting in the loss of the crew and the o...

Although questions remain, Mary Surratt is arrested, tried, convicted and executed for her part in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.

The American cowboy is a national icon and metaphor for the country itself. Hard-working, free-thinking and hard-riding heroes, these cowboys - both b...

The Crossover, written in verse by Kwame Alexander, is an inspiration.

Clive Staples Lewis, commonly called C.S. Lewis and known to his friends and family as "Jack," is an author best-known for "The Chronicles of Narnia."

On October 14, 1962, the pilot of an American U-2 flies a spy mission over Cuba and makes a history-changing discovery.

Daniel Boone, an American hero, faces charges of treason against the United States during the Revolutionary War.

Discovered in the caves of Qumran in the Dead Sea region, the Dead Sea Scrolls are the oldest-known surviving manuscripts of the Hebrew Scriptures.

Meeting a tragic end Nicholas, whose family reigns for more than 300 years, is the last Tsar of Russia.

On the 22nd of April, 2010, an oil rig known as ''Deepwater Horizon'' dramatically sinks in four minutes, causing the worst oil-spill in American hist...

Philosopher Dietrich Bonhoeffer lived a life of activism and resistance to the violence of Nazi Germany.

The Greeks first noticed a phenomenon we call "static electricity," but it would take another 2000 years, or more, for mankind to discover and underst...

Fyodor Dostoevsky has only one month to produce a novel or he will have to give the publisher rights to produce his work for the next 10 years.

Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as Robert Louis Stevenson's story about good and evil comes alive in this abridged version.

Told with medieval and renaissance art, the Easter Story remains captivating to both believers and non-believers, even after 2,000 years. Medieval art...

Ebola is highly contagious, has no cure and causes horrific symptoms including hemorrhagic fever and death. To combat it, the world uses 19th-century ...

Einstein writes a letter to FDR about his theory of creating power, and making weapons, from splitting atoms.

Elizabeth becomes the strong heir desired by Henry VIII even though he had six wives and a male heir.

Hitler believes he can defeat Stalingrad, while Stalin refuses to let Soviet troops surrender.

When France falls in June of 1940, Germany uses Enigma - a sophisticated coding system - to direct bombers to British targets. This occurs via radio s...

Erin Brockovich, working at a law firm, finds PG&E is polluting the air, water, and soil with toxic chemicals.

Hollywood actor, Errol Flynn, uses his acting talent to beat rape charges.

Evelyn Doyle's life changes for the worst when her mother abandons the family.

Puritans view Mary Dyer as a heretic who chooses to hang rather than give in to Puritan laws.

It's World Space Week. See how Hubble, the orbiting space telescope, has changed our view of the Cosmos. It all started with Galileo who, improving a...

Boxing trainer Dickie Eklund fights crack cocaine and helps his brother recover from a career-threatening injury.

Storyline videos engage learners, pose challenges, guides present activities to engage students in hands-on learning.

James Matthew (J.M.) Barrie begins to write Peter Pan in 1903; it is a story based on five real boys he knows.

Ancient Chinese writings about a man named Ying Zheng and the unification of China.

Feb/March, of 2015, is the 70th anniversary of the Iwo Jima battle. Thousands of US Marines head toward the island on ships. Their mission is to wrest...

The young Florence "Florie" Chandler sails for Paris, falls in love with an Englishman on the way, then ends-up sentenced to hang for his murder.

American pilots fly combat missions with France in WWI, although America is not yet in the war.

A collection of World War II posters shows how the government campaigns to motivate U.S. military and citizens to sacrifice for the war effort.

Lord Kitchener and Anglo-Egyptian forces face Sudanese troops at Omdurman; a young Winston Churchill accompanies the Lancers.

Frederick Douglass, an American leader, started work (as a slave) at age 6. Escaping that life, he became educated and an adviser of President Lincoln...

The lack of freedom of religion leads to the creation of America's First Amendment.

Interesting stories and activities about U.S. Presidential Inaugurations.

It's hurricane season. Unlike today, when people have storm warnings, a devastating hurricane overwhelms Galveston, Texas in September of 1900, killin...

Gangs of New York is a movie about gangs in the mid-19th century in the Five Points district of Lower Manhattan.

A terrible and vicious Roman ruler, Commodus even enters the arena, pretending to be a gladiator.

The Civil War begins when the Palmetto flag replaces the US flag at Ft. Sumter on April 14, 1861.

Learn about America's expansion westward and the costs and benefits of that expansion.

The Great Depression is a desperate time for Americans with high job loss, people losing their homes, and little food.

A raging fire destroys more than Chicago on the same day in October of 1871. An even-more deadly blaze strikes Peshtigo, Wisconsin. Why? Was Mrs. O'Le...

The Japanese bomb and then defeat American and Filipino soldiers in the Philippines.

Charles Guiteau is a deranged individual when he shoots President Garfield on July 2, 1881.

Who was Hammurabi? Why should we learn about Hammurabi's Code of Laws?

One of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World - was it just a dream?

The fictional character Hannibal Lecter is loosely based on the real-life criminal Hamilton Albert Fish, who preys on children.

Born a slave, Harriet became known as "The Moses of Her People," thanks to her freedom-fighting courage.

Waikiki Elementary 4th grade students brainstormed topics, selected interesting ideas, conducted research and presented findings in an essay.

With the significant help of Annie Sullivan - who arrived at the Keller home on the 3rd of March, 1887 - Helen becomes an inspiration for people world...

Carrying 97 people, a Zeppelin called Hindenburg disintegrates within 34 seconds after its Captain first sees a small burst of flame.

Wilbur and Orville Wright believe that it is possible for humans to fly! After years of trying, they are the first humans to successfully fly a powere...

Hitler and his Nazi party plan the Holocaust to exterminate the Jews, yet many say it never happened.

This story profiles the history of Horace Mann and his achievements to provide an education for all Americans.

The journey of our lives can change dramatically as the result of a single event.

How Italy was unified is one of the 19th-century's great stories. It's not exactly what you might think.

Details the role a board game played during world War II.

Katniss, a skilled archer and Tribute in the Hunger Games, will become a rebel leader and the Mockingjay. Does she lose herself along the way?

What consequences occur from the meeting at Yalta between Winston Churchill, Franklin Roosevelt (FDR), and Joseph Stalin?

Thousands of illuminated manuscripts survive from as early as the 8th century.

Indiana Jones 4 is an action movie pitting Indiana Jones, a treasure hunter, against Soviet agents searching for a psychic alien crystal skull.

Inglourious Basterds is a film which tells the fictional story of two plots to assassinate Nazi Germany's political leaders.

An unbelievable tragedy occurs in the middle of the Pacific Ocean when a huge sperm whale rams the Essex, a Nantucket-based whaleship, on November 20,...

Mandela was born on July 18, 1918. Among his other achievements, he encouraged South Africa's team to help unite the country during the 1995 Rugby Wor...

Wolfe Tone is an Irish Patriot who fights for the rights of the Irish people.

Why was the Irish Potato Famine not really a famine?

Ivan IV, Russia's first Tsar, considers himself superior to everyone. Others refer to him as "Ivan Grozny," meaning "Ivan the Terrible."

Five still-unsolved, horrific murders of London women (usually prostitutes) occur in 1888.

This story profiles the life of Jacobo Timerman, an Argentine journalist who risked everything to report on the atrocities committed in Argentina in t...

The story of how three young men fighting for civil rights in America and reminding us how brutal the battle for freedom really was.

This story is about the "Mother of Social Work" and champion of the poor: Jane Addams.

75 years ago - on 19 Feb 1942 - FDR signs Executive Order 9066 allowing military.

April 3, 1882 Jesse James was fatally shot by one of his own men, Robert Ford. Learn the story of Jesse James within the context of the American Civil...

In the American south, racism and color discrimination continues as a way of life after the Civil War.

Joan of Arc lives in France in the 1400s and burns at the stake in 1431; however her life changes the history of France.

Jurassic Park is a fictional movie with the premise that dinosaurs are reborn from DNA found in fossils.

K-19, a Soviet nuclear submarine, experiences disaster during a training exercise on July 4, 1961.

Kidnapping is against the law today, but that was not always the case.

King Arthur is based on a legendary leader from the Anglo-Saxon Wars in the early 6th century. Did he really live?

Kingdom of Heaven is a movie about a knight who defends the Kingdom of Jerusalem against Saladin and his troops.

King James oversees the English translation of the Bible, but scholars debate the accuracy of the text.

King Kong, the movie, debuts during the Great-Depression era and stars a huge gorilla which frightens the people of New York City.

During jousting tournaments, knights display courage in the face of danger.

What caused the split between North and South Korea? What makes North Korea a threat?

League of Extraordinary Gentlemen is a movie set in the late 19th century and stars a group of fictional literary people.

Caddie Bagger Vance is a fictional version of the supreme Hindu god, Bhagavan, and golfer Rannulph Junah is a version of Arjuna.

A story of a young Hawaiian ali'i (noble) girl becoming a woman during this time of great cultural change.

The defendants show no mercy to their young victim, so the prosecution cries for "no mercy" for Leopold and Loeb.

This story is about how whales use sound energy to interact with each other and their environment.

"Little Women" remains highly relevant in the 21st century.

Lizzie Borden, of nursery rhyme fame, is accused of killing her father and stepmother with an axe in 1892, but the jury acquits her.

Humble all his life, Louis Pasteur changes the world with many of his groundbreaking ideas. His rabies vaccination is just one of his accomplishments,...

During World War I, Germany warns Americans not to sail aboard ships whose route of travel includes the waters around the British Isles. Lusitania sin...

King John signs Magna Carta on June 15, 1215. What is it and why should we care?

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How the U.S. Supreme Court gains the right, never mentioned in the U.S. Constitution, to strike down laws.

Before modern feminism was a concept, Margaret Mitchell and GWTW helped to push women from the American South into the 20th century.

Marie Antoinette is a fictional movie based on the life of the Queen in the years leading up to the French Revolution.

Mark Twain, who was born two months prematurely and died on the 21st of April, 1910, remains one of America's greatest writers.

Mary Dyer chooses to hang rather than give in to Puritan laws.

Born a princess in 1542, Mary Stewart has a tragic life becoming queen of Scotland at six days of age.

Men of Honor is a movie inspired by the true story of Carl Brashear, the first African-American Master Diver in the U.S. Navy.

The story of Santa Claus has its base in the life of the Bishop of Myra, Saint Nicholas.

At Easter time, we think about bunnies, like Peter Rabbit (based on a real bunny called Peter Piper). Beatrix Potter, the author who created Peter Rab...

Moneyball is a movie about the Oakland A's baseball team and the unusual way its general manager, Billy Beane, selects his players for the 2002 season...

Mother Teresa dedicated her life to helping the poor overcome homelessness, hunger, and illness.

Few people in Western civilization understand Islam, the Muslim faith.

Herodotus visits Egypt in 450 B.C. and learns how Egyptians make mummies. But what exactly is a mummy and how can a person create one?

The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor is an action movie about Qin Shi Huang and his Terra Cotta Soldiers.

Dr. John Webster, a Harvard professor, murders George Parkman, a rich member of Boston's high society, in a highly publicized case.

The Musketeer is a movie based on the life of D'Artagnan, a character from Alexandre Dumas' novel "The Three Musketeers."

Lincoln's actions, and the role he plays in holding his country together, make him one of the most-important figures in history.

New Jersey students have chosen, researched and written about stories from their fascinating state.

Meeting a tragic end, during July of 1918, Nicholas II - whose family has reigned for more than 300 years - is the last Tsar of Russia.

With Robin Williams playing a rambunctious Teddy Roosevelt, "Night at the Museum" (a fictional story featuring some real historical characters) seems ...

It's the 6th of June, 1944, and everything depends on a full moon and perfect tide levels. Will this attempted invasion work?

Enjoy an abridged version, with videos, of Hoffman's original Nutcracker tale featuring The Nutcracker and The Mouse King.

A man who was, and still is, simultaneously loved and hated by millions of people, Pablo Escobar became a modern-day Robin Hood while being a world-cl...

Elizabeth Packard's story illustrates why American women were not truly free until they could vote.

Jesus and his disciples prepare to celebrate an annual Jewish holiday. Then he is arrested, faces a trial and endures a crucifixion.

Tired of paying high taxes to Great Britain, the thirteen American colonies decide the time has come to be free. Benjamin Martin, a fictional represen...

Most people know Paul Revere as the man who rode through the countryside on April 18, 1775 warning people that the British were coming.

80 years ago - on December 7, 1941 - Americans at Pearl Harbor are unaware they are about to suffer a surprise Japanese attack. Shortly before 8 AM, o...

William Penn's jurors must decide his case without food or water and are required to find for the government. When jurors vote their own way, bad thi...

As told in "The Post," stunned Americans learn that federal-government leaders have lied about Vietnam when Neil Sheehan publishes his first Pentagon ...

Examine American records dating over the past 275 years to see how Americans react to Government overstepping its powers.

The Perfect Storm is a movie based on the true story of a fishing ship, called the Andrea Gail, which is lost at sea during the great storm of 1991.

Wladyslaw Szpilman, a concert pianist, is rescued from going to a Nazi concentration camp.

Searching for religious freedom, the Pilgrims sail for the "new world" on the Mayflower. They had to abandon their second leaking boat, called the "Sp...

Pirates of the Caribbean is a film franchise with stories based on at least a few real-world pirates and set in now destroyed Port Royal.

In 1892 African American Homer Plessy is arrested for refusing to sit in back of train in New Orleans.

Political cartoons use pictures to show that the words and actions of public leaders do not always agree.

This story highlights the history of Polk County Florida

This story gives a description of the early life of Polk County pioneers.

Polk County Florida place-based stories from creative writing classes.

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Pompeii's citizens do not understand that a disaster is about to engulf their town. Ignoring warnings from a rumbling Vesuvius, they see their town de...

This is the extraordinay story about a poor boy who became one of the most powerful people in the world.

President Obama announces a name change for Mt. McKinley, which prompts a question: Who was President McKinley? During September of 1901, Leon Czolgos...

As the most-read, best-selling book of all time, the Bible has thousands of different translations.

Public Enemies is a movie that follows FBI agent Melvin Purvis' hunt for bank robber John Dillinger.

Purgatory is a place where a person's soul briefly goes after death, in order to serve penance.

Salem, scene of the 17th-century witch trials, is also home to Nathaniel Hawthorne, author ofThe Scarlet Letter.

Both France and Japan oppress the Vietnamese people.

Stories and articles exploring racism history, current issues, and solutions.

Red Tail pilots are African American Tuskegee trained airmen who prove their worth in WWII.

A new film features Mary Stewart, Queen of Scots, who leads a troubled life that should have been wonderful.

Remember the Titans is a film based on the true story of Coach Herman Boone who tries to integrate a football team.

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Road to Perdition is a movie that takes place in 1931, about a mob enforcer seeking revenge against a mobster for killing his family.

Story of the life of a sports hero and humanitarian.

Son of Marcus Aurelias, Commodus - when he is Caesar himself - pretends to be a gladiator.

Meet Jim Morris and learn about his incredible story of baseball success.

Description of Sacajawea's grave in Ft. Washakie, Wyoming and painting of Yosemite.

The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary shakes America to the core. Use the references to investigate issues related to this tragic event.

Early in the morning on April 18, 1906, an earthquake nearly destroys San Francisco. Why did it happen?

The story of Santa Claus has its base in the life of the Bishop of Myra, Saint Nicholas.

This story will describe why and how the destruction of the world's rainforests are affecting the Earth.

At the beginning of WWI the world is in turmoil, and the United States passes regulations that may affect the right to free speech.

The United States Supreme Court holds that separate schools for blacks and whites are unfair.

Seabiscuit, a race horse, is an unlikely champion and a symbol of hope to many Americans during the Great Depression.

Clive Staples Lewis, known as C.S. Lewis and known to his friends and family as "Jack," is an author best known for The Chronicles of Narnia.

Dracula is a fictional vampire, yet he actually lives in the 15th Century.

Explore the true facts behind the fictional "Shadow on the Mountain," by Margi Preus. Learn how Norwegians resisted the Nazis' attempt to change their...

Signs is a science-fiction movie based on an alien invasion that occurs after crop circles are found.

Slave narratives tell of the horrors of slavery in stories and sketches.

Slumdog Millionaire, based on the book Q & A by Vikas Swarup, is set in Dharavi, India.

Legends tells us that the "Snow White" story, from the Brothers Grimm, is based on a real girl, real miners and real places in Germany.

Stories to aid in the understanding of South Carolina's role in America

What happened when Spanish Flu spread in 1918? Could it have been contained before killing over 40 million people?

Defying all odds, Spencer West - a man who has no legs - climbs to the top of Africa's highest mountain.

Stained glass windows are popular during medieval times, and are highlights in many churches and cathedrals.

The Siege of Stalingrad is a story of unspeakable horror.

September 2014 marks the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key's visit to Baltimore Harbor where he witnessed the attack on Ft McHenry and penned "Th...

With release of "The Girl in the Spider's Web," we investigate Steig Larsson, creator of the heroine Lisbeth Salander.

Who was the real St. Patrick? Take a trip back in time to understand the man and the legends.

This story brings together students' views of the Colossus of Rhodes.

Students describe their understanding and responses to the Great Pyramid of Giza, built by Khufu, a Pharaoh from the Old Kingdom's 4th dynasty.

Students describe their understanding and responses to the Lighthouse of Alexandria.

Student understandings and responses to the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

Sixth-grade students, from Polk County Public Schools, write about the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Students describe their understanding and responses to the Statue of Zeus at Olympia

Students describe their understanding and responses to the Temple of Artemis at Ephesus

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Women rally to gain the right to vote, which they have been denied for centuries.

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200 years ago, a leader was born. Who was Susan Anthony? At the age of 52 Susan B. Anthony, a women's suffragist, is arrested.

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On 27 March 1977, the world's worst aircraft disaster occurs on the ground at Tenerife. After striking a Pan Am 747, a KLM 747 explodes in a ball of f...

Never heard of this great Revolutionary hero? You are not alone. Read about him here.

It's usual, and classic, to see a couple where the man would buy his love flowers to show his love for her or to appreciate her. But Nebuchadnezcar ma...

In 2005 the United States Postal Service commissioned a series of ten postal stamps to honor the modern civil rights movement.

Compelling story of how a peasant boy became the ruler of a country.

  I met a man whose philosophy of life Didn't seem to offer much:   At sixty-two, my high-level executive days are over.  ...

"The Descendants" is a movie about the lives of the last members of the Kamehameha dynasty in Hawaii.

A brief history of Johnstown and the events of the devastating flood of 1889.

"The Help" is a fictional book, made-into a move, which portrays real events in Mississippi during the 1960s when Jim Crow laws are in effect.

Virginia Woolf's novel, Mrs. Dalloway, connects three women in the movie, The Hours.

Alan Turing used the words "The Imitation Game" while pondering the question "Can machines think?" Station X codebreakers, working at Bletchley Park, ...

The third-largest quake in recorded history occurs off the coast of Sumatra on 26 Dec 2004, leading to a massive tsunami. The waves overwhelm people a...

Margaret Thatcher alters history as the first female British Prime Minister.

The King's Speech is a historical drama film about King George VI who must rise above his stammer to give speeches.

A story about the weather patterns called El Niño and La Niña.

Read Across America with "The Lorax," and Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! This favorite story promotes caring for the environment and the Earth's natural re...

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No one knows where the great poet has been for the last four days, not even Edgar Allan Poe himself.

Highlights, and a timeline, of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

The Soloist is a movie based on the true story of Nathaniel Ayers, a talented musician who is a homeless schizophrenic.

The history and purpose of writing, including types of various forms of writing.

A story of how the Monarch butterfly makes its 3000-mile migration every year.

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Meet the man who, due to his superb writing skills, takes the lead in drafting the Declaration of Independence. Later he becomes America's third presi...

Frank Browne's pictures survive because he was ordered to "Get off that ship!" See the iceberg which Titanic struck and other primary sources about th...

Tombstone is a fast-growing, silver-mining town in the Old West made famous as the site of theO.K. Corral gunfight.

This story enables the reader to visualize the methods of torture and killing used during the Middle Ages.

Meet the real Count Victor Lustig, the man behind the "Tricky Vic" tale by Greg Pizzoli.

Did Troy fall around 1184 BC, in June, as calculated by Eratosthenes? Was Helen of Troy the most beautiful woman ever, and was she the reason for a ma...

On May 9, 1941, the HMS Aubretia captures the German U-110 and retrieves the Enigma machine and codes.

A remarkable man died July 2, 2014. His story opens, here, with three men in a raft in the middle of the Pacific Ocean without food and water.

Runaway slave Tice Davids' journey across a river between the slave states and free states gives a name to a movement.

Under the Tuscan Sun is a movie about the life of recently divorced writer, Frances Mayes, who moves to Tuscany.

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American leaders who declare war on Great Britain, in 1812, believe they are beginning a second war of independence.

Vertical Limit is a fictional movie about climbing the world's second highest mountain, K2.

May 8th marks the 75th anniversary of VE Day (Victory in Europe), the end of WWII in Europe. After the War is over, Allied leaders disagree on what is...

Step back to look at a war which divides the US. Soldiers return home to taunts and disrespect, and ultimately the US withdraws.

On July 27, 1890, Vincent van Gogh walked to a field and shot himself. Why did few recognize his genius while he was alive? Who was the artist whose p...

Students from McMullen County High School produce "Voices From Virginia Tech," poems about victims of the V-Tech massacre.

War Horse is a movie about the love a young boy has for his horse and how that love lasts for many years, including WWI (also called "The Great War").

The circus provides relief during the Great Depression.

Joe Galloway, a reporter, accompanies the troops into Vietnam and tells the story of the first ground battle at Ia Drang Valley.

Poems about suffering can move even the hardest of hearts. When she received a bad diagnosis, Janice Veldman used poetry to track what was happening t...

Based on research, expert opinions and the author's years of experience, this story conveys the compelling reasons why AwesomeStories needs to be avai...

World War II military action against the Wilhelm Gustloff kills more than 9,000 people.

William Penn's trial, held while he is still in England changes juror treatment.

William Wallace, a Scottishlandowner, is a key leader during the war with England for independence.

In honor of National Native American Heritage Month, celebrate the life of Wilma Mankiller, Cherokee Chief. Showing amazing courage and determination,...

Philip Johnston believes Navajos can create an unbreakable code to beat the Japanese in the Pacific during WWII.

Britain rules Ireland, but some counties want to form an independent country.

Thomas Cromwell helps Henry VIII to engineer a divorce from Queen Catharine of Aragon, so he can marry Anne Boleyn. How does this happen?

Will Jimeno (a Port Authority police officer played by Michael Peña in the movie World Trade Center), was trapped beneath the remains of a once...

Ada's story in the historical fiction book, The War That Saved My Life takes place during World War II. Her story is an example of how the power of wo...

Wyatt Earp, a lawman, is one of the central figures in the famous O.K. Corral shootout in Tombstone.

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