Top 151 American History Quotes

Words matter. These are the best American History Quotes from famous people such as Michael Portillo, Kevin Costner, Don Lemon, Brad Schneider, Maya Angelou, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

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Here in Britain, we can get a little bit snobby about American history. Yes, their history is not quite as long as ours. But it isn’t all that short, either.
Michael Portillo
I like American history.
Kevin Costner
African American history is really American history because African Americans really helped build this country.
Don Lemon
If I wasn’t serving in Congress, I’ve always wanted to be a high school teacher. Specifically, I want to teach a course on modern American history and use Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury as a primary text.
Brad Schneider
Won’t it be wonderful when black history and native American history and Jewish history and all of U.S. history is taught from one book. Just U.S. history.
Maya Angelou
Trump is an icon. He is a part of American history. He is every bit the icon as anyone I paint.
Michael Israel
When you start to look at Native American history, you realize that, very far from being a peaceful, morally superior people, Native Americans were not that different from Europeans.
Philipp Meyer
As we look back over the sweep of American history, it has been the American Presidency that has best fulfilled the vision of the Founders. It has brought to our Republic a dynamism and effectiveness that other democracies have lacked.
William Barr
It is not, nor will it ever be, white people’s responsibility to teach black children our unique American history.
Jason Whitlock
The countless number of influential figures in American history who are of Caribbean heritage indicates the need to set aside a designated time to celebrate their contribution to our country.
Eliot Engel
There is no 20-year period in American history when stocks lost money.
P. J. O’Rourke
Unlike any other leader in modern American history, we are led today by a president that has decided to pit Americans against each other.
Marco Rubio
In my opinion, assassination theories will continue to revolve around these assassinations as they have around several other significant assassinations in American history. The assassination of President Lincoln comes to mind.
Louis Stokes
Schools don’t teach American history that well, especially a lot of black American history.
Colson Whitehead
The truth is, I love history and studied it in college, with a particular focus on early American history. My love is so deep, in fact, I went to school at The College of William & Mary in Colonial Williamsburg.
Alexandra Bracken
If you look throughout American history, it has been protests and mass movements and the people rising up that has moved to this country forward.
Jamaal Bowman
The men and women who occupied the east coast of North America between 1607 and 1800 have been more closely scrutinized than any other collection of people in American history.
Edmund Morgan
In both British and American history, fervent imperialism has always coexisted with bouts of fierce isolationism.
Linda Colley
It’s disappointing that President Obama – who ran for office in 2008 saying he was going to be a fiscally responsible president – has caused the largest deficits and the largest debt in American history.
Raul Labrador
I’m so proud of myself. I thought, ‘I’ve got to learn about American history.’ I literally took two months off and watched every documentary known to man. I really didn’t know Benjamin Franklin was so cool.
Rene Russo
‘The Hatfields and McCoys’ is a classic tale of American history. These are names that are widely recognized, yet few people know the real story that made them famous.
Nancy Dubuc
I grew up in the South, so a huge part of our American History education revolved around the Civil War.
Anson Mount
American history and the history of baseball are bound up together: our racial politics can be described and traced through it.
Chad Harbach
When my French side thinks of ‘bohemian,’ it imagines Montparnasse authors and absinthe – that kind of aesthetic. The American definition might be more tied to American history and culture.
Camille Rowe
English history is all about men liking their fathers, and American history is all about men hating their fathers and trying to burn down everything they ever did.
Malcolm Bradbury
I started drumming around the same time I came across this part of American history. But there seemed to be a way forward playing drums. There didn’t seem to be a way forward being fascinated by a piece of history.
Phil Collins
There can be no argument about the Lone Star State’s significant contributions to American history, and we must remember the actions and the sacrifices of those who made Texas independence a reality.
Michael McCaul
The arc of American history almost inevitably moves toward freedom. Whether it’s Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation, the expansion of women’s rights or, now, gay rights, I think there is an almost-inevitable march toward greater civil liberties.
James McGreevey
I was reading newspaper front pages from the 1930s, and I was taken aback. I’m not naive about American history, but I was a bit knocked off my feet by things that used to be on the front pages of newspapers.
Daniel Woodrell
There was no United States before slavery. I am sure somebody can make some sort of argument about modern French identity and slavery and North Africa, but there simply is no American history before black people.
Ta-Nehisi Coates
The 2003 invasion of Iraq by U.S. and coalition partners stands as one of the greatest blunders in American history. The Islamic State, also known as ISIL or ISIS, rose out of the the chaos, throwing the region into turmoil that hasn’t been equaled since the fall of the Ottoman Empire.
Lawrence Wright
American history has fallen more and more into the hand

American history has fallen more and more into the hands of academics.
Gore Vidal
The largest outbreak of bird flu in American history was an H5N2 virus, which led to the deaths of 17 million domestic birds and cost the nation more than $400 million during an outbreak in Pennsylvania that started in 1983.
Michael Greger
American history has always had elements of what we now think of as Trumpism – Joe McCarthy, George Wallace, Father Coughlin. It’s not as if these things haven’t always existed, and they were powerful. The big difference is Trump is president.
Bill Kristol
There’s so much in American history that has been hidden and shunned.
Ashton Sanders
Codifying discrimination in our laws should be something we read about in American history, not on the front pages of today’s American newspapers and magazines.
Dannel Malloy
I didn’t mean to spend my life writing American history, which should have been taught in the schools, but I saw no alternative but to taking it on myself. I could think of a lot of cheerier things I’d rather be doing than analyzing George Washington and Aaron Burr. But it came to pass, that was my job, so I did it.
Gore Vidal
I don’t concentrate on any one period of history; I like to locate my stories in wildly different eras and places. I seem to be drawn to large, sprawling, uncomfortable swaths of American history, finding embedded within them a tight narrative that involves strife, heroism, and survival under difficult circumstances.
Hampton Sides
I’m a history buff, so I’ve been reading lots of books on Irish and American history.
I don’t want a Black History Month. Black history is American history.
Morgan Freeman
I think the most important idea is to remember that there have been times throughout American history where what is right is not the same as what is legal.
Edward Snowden
There is an almost anti-epicurean tradition at the very base of America. For much of the middle part of American history, people who wanted to overcome that went to France.
Ruth Reichl
We now enter a new age of American history, and the question to be answered is this: Will we restore the republic our forefathers created, or will we allow it to be annihilated by those who hate America, its history, and all it stands for?
Augustus Sol Invictus
If we hit the debt ceiling, that’s… essentially defaulting on our obligations, which is totally unprecedented in American history. The impact on the economy would be catastrophic.
Austan Goolsbee
The Freedom Flag is a powerful, physical reminder of one of the darkest days in American history.
Abigail Spanberger
I love thinking about American history, thinking about LA history. I love brooding on crime.
James Ellroy
Tony Kaye is great with that kind of stuff. Up until American History X, he had only done commercials.
Ethan Suplee
When I first served as Attorney General back in the early 90s, crime was at its highest in American history, with its peak in 1992.
William Barr
This is the worst President ever. He George W. Bush is the worst President in all of American history.
Helen Thomas
The Fed’s organization reflects a long-standing desire in American history to ensure that power over our nation’s monetary policy and financial system is not concentrated in a few hands, whether in Washington or in high finance or in any single group or constituency.
Jerome Powell
Boycotts have been a critical part of social justice in American history, particularly for African-Americans.
Stacey Abrams
From tea parties to the election in Massachusetts, we are witnessing the single greatest political pushback in American history.
Marco Rubio
Americans don’t learn about the world; they don’t study world history, other than American history in a very one-sided fashion, and they don’t study geography.
Zbigniew Brzezinski
Political vitriol is a familiar enough characteristic of American history.
Robert Dallek
We wonder if we will be the first generation in American history to leave our children with fewer opportunities and a less prosperous nation than the one we inherited.
Paul Ryan
My mom was a history teacher, so I couldn’t really avoid history when I was growing up. But we’re very light on American history. We don’t really have great opportunities to study both the Civil War and the Revolution.
Owain Yeoman