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Celebrating the Achievements of Martin Luther King Jr.

Americans on each third Monday of January honor the life and achievements of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., (1929–1968), the 1964 Nobel Peace laureate and the individual most associated with the triumphs of the African-American civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s. As a political organizer, supremely skilled [...]

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45 Individuals, 45 Cultures, 45 Dreams and 45 Expectations: ONE BFTF SUMMER INSTITUTE!

On the 29th of June planes and cars, from all over Europe and the United States, were heading in the same direction: Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana. 45 individuals, 45 cultures, 45 dreams and 45 expectations were represented at the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute 2013. Soon the 45 [...]

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The Dream Lives On, the Work Continues

It was a speech that the world cannot forget. On August 28, 1963, an estimated 250,000 people marched to the Lincoln Memorial in Washington where they heard Martin Luther King Jr. give a speech destined to resonate through the ages. In what became known as the “I Have a Dream” [...]

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Martin Luther King Jr.’s Address at 1963 March on Washington

The U.S. Department of State has been granted rights through December 31, 2013, by The King Center to the reprint and distribution of the following speech by U.S. embassies, U.S. consulates and department-affiliated institutions. Translation rights by permission only. Copyright notice must be included on all material. Download this speech [...]

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How a Quiet Pennsylvania Town Changed U.S. History in 1863

From July 1 to July 3, Americans are marking the 150th anniversary of what is arguably the most historically pivotal and symbolic battle of the country’s bloody 1861–1865 Civil War, the Battle of Gettysburg. In 1863 the small college town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, became the site of the largest battle [...]

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E-Journal USA: Volunteers: Answering the Call

Volunteerism us woven into the fabric of American society. For generations, Americans have committed themselves to helping those in need at home and abroad.. Whether it’s business, individuals or school groups, volunteers can make a difference. The September version of E-Journal USA is therefore dedicated to the topic of volunteerism. [...]

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Immigration: The Making of the American People

Immigration: The Making of the American People

The story of the American people is the story of the world’s peoples. Throughout the United States’ history, hopeful immigrants have arrived to establish new lives in a new world. Whether fleeing oppressive regimes, seeking economic opportunity or simply pursuing personal dreams, each new arrival contributes to the American mosaic. [...]

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Hired. The Summer Job Experience

In our cover story this month, we find out what kind of work several visitors to the United States did last summer. Their experiences include work in lifeguarding, television, technology, professional music and more. Working during summer isn’t just for students. You’ll also read about why Americans don’t take more [...]

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Cross-cultural Communication through the Meet Us Program

Before starting my internship at the U.S. Mission to Belgium, I had never heard of the Meet US Program, nor did I have any idea of what it was. Now, nearing the end of my internship, I realize that the Meet US Program is a great aspect of our youth [...]

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What is Earth Day?

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day, April 22, is the annual U.S. celebration of the environment and a time for Americans to assess the work still needed to protect the natural gifts of our planet. Earth Day has no central organizing force behind it, though several nongovernmental organizations work to keep track of the [...]

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