America’s hidden histories

The story of America is always evolving. How we talk about the country’s past plays a big role in shaping its present and future.

As student journalists, you have a unique opportunity to uncover and share stories of American history that are often overlooked in traditional narratives. These stories could be about the contributions of marginalized communities, lesser-known local heroes, or pivotal events that have shaped the nation in unexpected ways.

Think about people or events in your community that may have been left out of the history books but could help others understand a fuller picture of America.

Talk to older generations, ask a librarian to help you dig into old records, check out local museums and historical societies, and conduct interviews with people from your family and community.

Explore diverse perspectives and think about the new ways people are shining a light on old stories– and why they still matter today.