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The White House: Inside Story | White House Renovations

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By the time Harry Truman and his family moved into the White House in 1945, the house had been home to many first families. Renovations and additions had been built haphazardly, and the upkeep of the house was not always the highest priority. After inspectors came in, Truman was told that the White House was standing up “from force of habit only.” It was under Truman that the most significant renovation of the House took place: the house was gutted and rebuilt with metal supports. When Jackie Kennedy moved in, she was disappointed to find very little interior decoration or historic furnishings. She undertook a vast renovation and brought back many historic items to the home. Today, the White House is not only a home and an office; it is also a museum that is a testament to both the Truman and Kennedy administrations.

The Immigrant Experience in Idaho: Forgotten Neighbors | Idaho Experience

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In 1870 nearly one-third of the Idaho Territory’s population was Chinese. Most of these individuals were men who worked in mines, though a handful of Chinese women found their way to Idaho. Although the majority of the workers ultimately returned to China, they left a substantial impact on the American West, through the infrastructure they built and the Western culture they influenced.

The White House: Inside Story | First Children

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What is it like to be a son or daughter of the President of the United States? What is it like to grow up in the White House? First Children, some of whom have grown up at the White House, have a most unique experience. They play ball on the White House lawn, roller skate in the East Room, and have kindergarten classes in the Solarium. Some have been married at the White House, and some have died within the historic walls. Sometimes though, it is the normalcy of childhood or adolescence that Presidential Children dream of…the spotlight of the press and the security of the home can be very demanding. But, in the words of Susan Ford Bales, the daughter of President Ford, living in The White House is “amazing.”

The White House: Inside Story | The Oval Office

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The center of the American political system is a small, oval shaped room in the West Wing of the White House. The President's iconic office, which also holds the infamous Resolute Desk, is called the Oval Office. It is here where historic decisions are made, agreements are hammered out, and legislation is discussed. It is here where the President meets important guests and dignitaries, and it is here where America’s leader enjoys rare moments of peace and quiet. The aura of the office has spanned generations, and even Presidents can feel the sense of power with which the room imbues them. Today, the Oval Office is the most famous office in the world.

The White House: Inside Story | First Ladies

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She isn’t paid for the work she does, and her job isn’t mentioned in the Constitution, but the First Lady is an instrumental part of each Presidential Administration. Over the years, each First Lady has left her own unique touch on the White House. Eleanor Roosevelt, probably the most famous First Lady yet, took on civic and social issues around the country and the globe. Jackie Kennedy redesigned the White House, bringing period furnishings into the home. Rosalynn Carter sat in on cabinet meetings and advised her husband, The President, regularly. As the world, and the White House, continues to evolve, who knows what is in store for the future First Lady… or the First Spouse!

The White House: Inside Story | Part 6

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Living in the White House is a most unique experience for the families of Presidents. However, an old house will need repairs, no matter its level of national importance. Luckily, some special family members contributed to important renovations of their short-term home. Standing at the epicenter of global politics, in the heart of the nation’s capital, the story of the White House is the story of America itself.

The White House: Inside Story | Part 7

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The First Lady isn't paid for what she does, but she is in an incredible position to guide her husband and lead public initiatives from the White House. Come behind the scenes of the life of a First Lady and her staff. Standing at the epicenter of global politics, in the heart of the nation’s capital, the story of the White House is the story of America itself.

It's All Earth and Sky | The Tigers of Their World

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As the generations pass, changes and assimilation of Germans from Russia and many other ethnic groups result in finding a balance between their traditional ethnicity and being American, bringing the best of both worlds to their successful endeavors. 

 

 

The White House: Inside Story | Part 9

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The American people have a voice, and their participation is important at the White House. From all kinds of protests to holiday celebrations, this landmark, home, and government building is still made for the people. Standing at the epicenter of global politics, in the heart of the nation’s capital, the story of the White House is the story of America itself.

Joe Maddon in Coal Country | American Creed

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Joe Maddon believes that Americans from diverse backgrounds can shape the American Creed by building relationships with those who are different than them through community organizations and dialogue.

Tegan Griffith and Military Life in the Midwest | American Creed

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Tegan Griffith believes that Americans can build bridges across differences by participating in service to the community, whether that is military service, volunteering, or political advocacy.

Condoleezza Rice's Family Matters | American Creed

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Condoleezza Rice tells the story of her family.

Sworn Again: Eric Liu’s Revivals | American Creed

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Eric Liu believes that the American Creed is a set of shared values, or a “civic” religion, that must be practiced and renewed across party lines.

Reflections: Di'Vennci Lucas on "Colorblind" | American Creed

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Di’Vennci Lucas believes that the American Creed is commitment to diversity, which allows race to contribute to shaping personal identity rather than determining personal or professional success.

Reflections: Saamon Legoski on "Not Alone" | American Creed

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Saamon Legoski believes that being an American means collaborating with people across ideological divides to help make the nation a better place.

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