On April 12, 1861, the first shots of the Civil War rang out in South Carolina.Confederate forces, firing on the Union garrison at Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, helped launch a four-year war that would kill more than 620,000 soldiers.It's been nearly 150 years since the war began.
These days, when many people argue for a literal interpretation of the Constitution, the idea that government can't operate until Congress agrees on a spending bill seems obvious. But it wasn't obvious at all until 1980, when Benjamin Civiletti, Jimmy Carter's attorney general, said so.
Native Americans intermarry at higher rates than any other group in the country, according to U.S. Census data.For the Eastern Shoshone of Wyoming, you have to be at least one-quarter Native American to be a tribal member. That requirement could mean a loss of both population and identity.
As engineers in Japan struggle to bring crippled nuclear reactors under control, Americans are marking the anniversary of the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history.The partial core meltdown at Three Mile Island on March 28, 1979, was a major setback for nuclear power in the U.S.