History

A Gift Guide for Young Historians

The books that made scholars want to devote their future to examining the past.

Nov. 24 2014 4:43 PMWhat Did Gettysburg Smell Like?A sensory history of the Civil War.
Nov. 6 2014 9:19 AMHistory, or Just Horror?Should archives make images of eradicated diseases and antiquated treatments available for the world to see?
Sept. 29 2014 11:18 AM“It Wasn’t Just Character. It Was Circumstances.”John Swansburg and his editor Jessica Winter talk about how his history of the self-made man came to life.
Sept. 29 2014 11:17 AMThey Can’t Buy BackboneFathers, sons, and the lesson of Herman Blume in my Slate essay about self-made men.
Sept. 23 2014 11:45 PMAmerica in AfricaThe tragic, misunderstood history of Liberia—and why the United States has a special obligation to help it fight the Ebola epidemic.
Aug. 18 2014 1:51 PMA Short History of Postal BankingAs the debate over reinstituting postal banking heats up, we should know we had it. And it worked.
Aug. 5 2014 11:54 PMWas John Hancock’s Signature Too Big?Or was everyone else’s too small?
July 24 2014 8:53 AM“A Shocking Sabbath Carnival of Death”James Gordon Bennett Jr.’s most eccentric public service announcement. 
June 3 2014 7:35 AMThe Day We Didn’t Invade NormandyOn June 3, 1944, American radio broadcasters announced that D-Day had begun. Whoops.
May 7 2014 11:53 PMSergeant StubbyAmerica’s original dog of war fought bravely on the Western Front—then helped the nation forget the Great War’s terrible human toll. 
May 1 2014 10:58 AMThe Education of Laura BridgmanShe was Helen Keller before Helen Keller. Then her mentor abandoned their studies.
April 22 2014 12:51 PM“A Gun to the Heart of the City”Fifty years ago today, rogue civil rights activists tried to shut down the New York World’s Fair.
April 15 2014 11:37 PMThe Case of the Closely Watched CourtesansThe French police obsessively tracked the kept women of 18th-century Paris. Why?
Feb. 27 2014 11:38 PMThe Massive Liberal Failure on RacePart III: The Civil Rights movement ignored one very important, very difficult question. It’s time to answer it.   
Feb. 5 2014 11:52 PMSnapshots of HistoryWildly popular accounts like @HistoryInPics are bad for history, bad for Twitter, and bad for you.
Nov. 19 2014 10:35 AM“Your Future Is Very Dark”The incredible story of former CIA agent John T. Downey, the longest held American captive of war.
Sept. 29 2014 11:45 PMThe Self-Made ManThe story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.
Sept. 29 2014 11:18 AMSlate Voice: “The Self-Made Man” Listen to Slate’s John Swansburg read his story on the myth of the self-made man.  
Sept. 24 2014 10:03 AMRefugees of the Bosphorus Istanbul, 1944: A Bloomingdale’s executive and a future Pope teamed with Jewish intelligence agents to save hundreds of Eastern European Jews. 
Sept. 11 2014 10:15 AMThe First Victim of Sept. 11He was likely the first person killed, but his influence was felt that entire terrible day—online.
Aug. 13 2014 1:21 PMThe Rock, Pre-Capone​ The long history of Alcatraz​ before it became America's first supermax prison.
July 24 2014 11:22 AMHappy Captive Nations Week!It’s that time of year when we are supposed to celebrate one of the weirdest artifacts of the Cold War.
June 30 2014 6:08 PMShould You Care About the Fate of Unions?If you care about income inequality you should.
May 8 2014 3:48 PMForgetting OdessaThe people of this great Ukrainian port city have a long record of getting their history wrong. Sometimes, that isn’t a bad thing.
May 7 2014 5:03 PMThe Birth of the Pont NeufHow a simple bridge made Paris the world’s first modern tourist destination.
April 27 2014 11:48 PM“I Would Have Followed Them Into Battle”Female Civil War re-enactors march proudly onto the battlefields where their forerunners disguised themselves to fight.
April 18 2014 7:37 AMForget Madonna and Angelina. Josephine Baker Adopted 12 Children From Across the Globe.
April 2 2014 12:16 PMThe Unknown SoldiersMax Brooks on his graphic novel about the Harlem Hellfighters—one of the most successful and least celebrated regiments to ever fight for America.
Feb. 10 2014 11:52 PMThe Massive Liberal Failure on RacePart 2: Affirmative action doesn’t work. It never did. It’s time for a new solution.
Feb. 3 2014 11:45 PMThe Massive Liberal Failure on RacePart 1: How the left’s embrace of busing hurt the cause of integration.

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