National Museum of American Diplomacy: What Is the State Department? The U.S. Department of State is the government agency dedicated to protecting Americans and advancing U.S. interests abroad.
In 1789, the U.S. Department of State, or the State Department, was established with the creation of the U.S. Constitution. Over the past 200 years, this federal agency has evolved to meet the new challenges of the 21st century. Throughout its history, the State Department has led the U.S. government’s foreign policy decisions and assisted Americans all over the world. In this video, understand how the State Department functions. LESSON PLAN