American Enterprise

The hidden tractor

Not only did this tractor surprise our curator, it tells a surprising story.

American history must-reads of 2018

These are our most fascinating blog posts of 2018, according to our readers.

Grace under pressure

Grace Murray Hopper's desire to serve during World War II was the start of her career as a pioneering computer programmer.

The literary Luisa Moreno

Before she was a labor leader and Civil Rights activist, Luisa Moreno was a poet.

What you may not know about the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire

One of the most infamous tragedies in American manufacturing history is the Triangle shirtwaist factory fire of 1911. Are the details of the story accurately remembered? And what can we still learn from the incident today?

The crop of the 21st century

"Information is your new crop!" Discover how farmers harvested technology and data to change how they worked.

Grape gluts and Mother Clones: Prohibition and American wine

When Prohibition barred Americans from from making and selling intoxicating liquors, discover how winemakers survived (or didn't).

Sewing for joy: Ann Lowe

"I was 17 years old at the time and the dress made me feel so grown up and beautiful," Pauline "Polly" Carver Duxbury wrote about the dress she wore to her 1967 debutante ball. Duxbury’s debutante dress is more than just special to her—it is part of American history because of the person who created it.

Waterloo Boy

In the early 1900s farmers switched from horses to tractors. While much of the world continued to rely on human brawn or draft animals, Americans adopted the new technology of gasoline-powered tractors.
The development and use of gasoline-powered tractors in the early 1900s helped change the business of American farming.

2018 is Year of the Tractor at Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will mark 2018 as the Year of the Tractor with two new displays on the past, present and future of agriculture.