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“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.”

–Steve Stoute

The lyrics in the anthem America the Beautiful expresses it best–the United States of America really is beautiful.

O beautiful for spacious skiesFor 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.”


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10 underrated destinations to explore in the USA

By Tara Tadlock

As large as the USA is, however, a lot of the most interesting places in the country often get overlooked.   Read more

United States Off the Beaten Path
Outdoor art. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Kinston, North Carolina: A Farming and Industrial City Turned Arts Hub

By Kathleen Walls

They say art is in the eye of the beholder. When you visit Kinston, North Carolina, art will be in your eyes, ears, and taste buds too.   Read more

United States The Arts
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A South Carolina Plantation Shows Us the Way Forward

By Erica Chatman

It is no secret to anyone that tourism is a major industry and draw for Charleston, South Carolina. However, on my most recent visit, I became a fan of their county parks because of one particular experience. I visited MacLeod Plantation Historic Site.     Read more

United States History Social Responsibility
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Knoxville, Tennessee Celebrates the 40th Anniversary of the 1982 World’s Fair

By Melissa Corbin

Driving east on I-40 toward the Great Smoky Mountains, a huge golden ball known as the Sunsphere guides you into downtown Knoxville, Tennessee.   Read more

United States Food & Drink
Laura Plantation House. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Ladies of Laura: A Southern Plantation Run by Women

By 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 more

New Orleans History
Birmingham Civil Rights Museum.  Photo:  Tonya Fitzpatrick

Walking and singing our way through Birmingham, Alabama’s rich history

Birmingham, Alabama – the Magic City – saw events and courageous people who played a central role in the Civil Rights struggle.  World Footprints goes on a walking tour through history along the Civil Rights Heritage Trail as we step onto the grounds where African Americans confronted Jim Crow era … Read more   Read more

United States Family Travel History
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How to Enjoy Walt Disney World for Free

By Cara Siera

Disney World and Disneyland parks and resorts have long been called, collectively, “the happiest place on earth.” But the joy of Disney parks comes with a large price tag — at the time of print, Disney World Orlando’s Standard Theme Park Ticket is priced at $109.00 per day.   Read more

United States Budget Travel Family Travel
"Love Out Loud" at Busboys and Poets in Hyattsville, Maryland a Washington DC suburb. Photo: Daniel Baldwin

Washington DC: An Exploration of a Thriving Poetry Scene

By Daniel Baldwin

Poetry is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Washington DC. Despite its storied literary history, diverse music communities, and world-renowned museum system, visitors and residents alike have trouble seeing beyond the shadow of Capitol Hill.   Read more

United States Literature & Music The Arts
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Duckmaster: A Job That’s All It’s Quacked Up to Be

By Terri Marshall

Kenon Walker considered several career paths in his youth. Doctor and lawyer were on the list of possibilities. Duckmaster was not. Yet, if you pop into The Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tenn   Read more

United States
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Military Women’s Memorial: A little known gem preserving HERstory

Phyllis Wilson, a retired Army veteran of 37 years and President of the Military Women’s Memorial Foundation, joins us to talk about the Memorial and two important campaigns to preserve history and honor a group of female veterans.   Read more

United States History Preservation
Oak Bluffs park photo by Tonya Fitzpatrick.

Martha’s Vineyard: A Vacation Journey Through Black History and Black Film

By Laura K. Wise

A friend invited me to share a house with her and a few other friends in Martha’s Vineyard over the Fourth of July weekend last year. Hearing stories of the Kennedys and the Obamas vacationing there, I assumed it would be a stuffy, pretentious community for the rich and famous. … Read more   Read more

United States Events & Festivals History
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Uncovering the Hidden History of a Free Black Brotherhood

Join us as author Fatima Shaik uncovers the rich hidden history of a free Black brotherhood that was almost lost forever.   Read more

New Orleans History
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Celebrating Black History Year-Round: 9 Sites in the U.S. to Visit

By 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 more

United States Experiences History
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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 more

United States Insights History
Fort Clinch on Amelia Island. Photo: Kathleen Walls

Life Under Eight Flags: Amelia Island

By Kathleen Walls

Amelia Island is a blend of cultures that lived under eight flags. It was a haven for pirates, con men, and hardworking settlers from many countries. From the Timucuans who met the first French and later Spanish settlers, to the Jim Crow era and the founding of American Beach, where … Read more   Read more

United States History