Compass: United States
“The diversity of America is a strength of the country, and I don’t think that we use that. We don’t talk about our strengths. I mean, having so many diverse people in this country from all aspects of all over the world, and we don’t use that. I think we should talk about who we are – that melting pot that we’ve become.”
The lyrics in the anthem America the Beautiful expresses it best–the United States of America really is beautiful.
O beautiful for spacious skies…For amber waves of grain…For purple mountain majesties…Above the fruited plain!…America! America!…God shed His grace on thee…And crown thy good with brotherhood…From sea to shining sea!
The United States really is a beautiful and wonderfully diverse country. When you travel to each of the 50 States and even within each State you will feel as if you’re traveling to another country.
The United States is a country built by immigrants and each corner of this country is influenced by a variety of cultural diasporas including former enslaved people from Africa and the West Indies. Even traces of Native American culture can be found despite earlier efforts to erase them from the narratives of American history.
The United States has not always been the land of the free but it has always been the home of the brave.
As Paul Tsongas said, “America is hope. It is compassion. It is excellence. It is valor.”
The Inspirational Women of Wytheville, VirginiaBy Terri Marshall
Driving along Interstate 81 through southern Virginia you may notice a sign for Wytheville. Exiting the highway, you’ll find an array of ordinary eateries and gas stations. Venture beyond those into the heart of Wytheville and you’ll soon discover that nothing in this charming town is ordinary. Read moreUnited States History
Experiencing the Power of Children at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Experience the extraordinary stories of children who have made and are making a difference in this world at the Power of Children exhibit in the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Read moreUnited States Family Travel Social Responsibility
Hiking the “Bridge to Nowhere” after rainfall feels like paradiseBy Thomas Später
Southern California has many hiking trails, but only a few are as famous as the trail heading towards the “Bridge to Nowhere.” This arch bridge is 120 feet high and 180 feet long, a majestic throne over the San Gabriel River. Read moreUnited States Nature & Outdoors Off the Beaten Path
Ladies of Laura: A Southern Plantation Run by WomenBy Kathleen Walls
We think of southern ladies of yore as deferring to their gentlemen about anything concerning business. Not so with the ladies of Laura Plantation in Vacherie, Louisiana. Read moreNew Orleans History
How Your Next Central Florida Burger or Latte Can Change the WorldBy Kirsten Harrington
If you’re heading to the Orlando area, I’m sure you’ve given a lot of thought to your itinerary. You’ve probably booked a hotel, made theme park reservations, and maybe even though about which restaurants to visits. But did you know there are coffee shops and bistros in Central Florida where … Read more Read moreUnited States Food & Drink Social Responsibility
God’s Little Acre: Revealing untold stories of America’s African heritage, Part 2
In this second episode of our interview with Keith Stokes, advisor to the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society, we continue learning about Newport’s underrepresented history during our walk through God’s Little Acre. Read moreUnited States History
God’s Little Acre: America’s Colonial African Cemetery preserving history in stone – Part 1
In this episode of the World Footprint podcast, we have the privilege of interviewing Keith Stokes, advisor to the Rhode Island Black Heritage Society. Keith walks with us through the colonial African burying ground of God’s Little Acre in Newport, Rhode Island and he shares many of the unrepresented stories … Read more Read moreUnited States History
Exploring the Green Book trail and Rochester’s African-American Heritage
World Footprints will uncover the stories behind the story of the Green Book and we’ll explore Rochester, New York’s rich African-American heritage. In an era of segregation, the Green Book directed African-American travelers to safe havens as they traveled through inhospitable and outright dangerous places. Indeed, being a Black family … Read more Read moreUnited States Insights History
Top 8 Free Things to do in New OrleansBy Tonya Fitzpatrick
Let’s face it; travel can be expensive. But, when you know where to go, you can explore new destinations at a fraction of the cost. One of our favorite places, New Orleans (aka The Big Easy), can be pricey to visit but is filled with rich culture, historic buildings and … Read more Read moreNew Orleans Budget Travel Family Travel
Revisiting the Little Rock Nine experience with Ernest Green
This event was the first experiment in school integration and came three years after the U.S, Supreme Court’s Brown vs. Board of Education landmark ruling… Read moreUnited States History Humanity
Roots 101 African American Museum: Where Legacies MatterBy Terri Marshall
As you enter Roots 101 museum in Louisville, Kentucky, portraits of royalty catch your eye. Tucked away on a side street just steps from the Ohio River, this unassuming location delivers the true African American story with more punches than you could ever imagine. Founded by Lamont Collins who moved … Read more Read moreUnited States History
For the Love of ChocolateBy Terri Marshall
As Valentine’s Day approaches, love, romance and chocolate step into the spotlight. This love and chocolate thing dates back more than 1,500 years to the Maya and Aztec cultures. Read moreUnited States Experiences Events & Festivals Food & Drink
Preserving African American History
Many of the places where significant African American history occurred have been neglected and have gone unrecognized for the important role they hold in the fabric of American society. Read moreUnited States History Preservation
Celebrating Black History Year-Round: 9 Sites in the U.S. to VisitBy Tonya Fitzpatrick
Black History Month has been celebrated annually since the year 1926. First termed “Negro History Week,” Black History Month is honored each February. Read moreUnited States Experiences History
Discover Black History and Culture While Traveling the USABy Terri Marshall
As a Southern-born white woman, incorporating Black history sites into my travel plans never crossed my mind… until I married a Black man. Read moreUnited States Family Travel History