Why Do So Many Americans Think They Have Cherokee Blood?

The history of a myth. 

Sept. 29 2015 2:37 PMSlavery Myths DebunkedThe Irish were slaves too; slaves had it better than Northern factory workers; black people fought for the Confederacy; and other lies, half-truths, and irrelevancies. 
Sept. 23 2015 9:30 AMHistory’s True WarningHow our misunderstanding of the Holocaust offers moral cover for the geopolitical disasters of our time.
Sept. 17 2015 9:26 AMThe Case of the Piglet’s PaternityThe 1642 bestiality trial of New Haven colonist George Spencer reveals the horrifying growing pains of our modern justice system.
Sept. 11 2015 7:34 AMThe First Victim of Sept. 11He was likely the first person killed, but his influence was felt that entire terrible day—online.
Sept. 4 2015 1:06 PMThe Best IntentionsAfter the horror of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Manhattan Project scientists tried to advocate for nuclear de-escalation—instead, they unwittingly abetted the Vietnam War.
Sept. 3 2015 10:59 AMTo Do No Harm?History of American Slavery, Episode 7: What modern medicine gained from slavery, and how slaveholders sought to legitimize their ideology through science.
Aug. 24 2015 11:24 AMPicking Cotton Under the Pushing SystemBy the 19th century, systematic violence had become an economic necessity on America’s cotton frontier.
Aug. 24 2015 10:12 AMWhen Cotton Became KingHistory of American Slavery, Episode 6: The rise of the 19th-century cotton economy brings about a powerful and frightening turn for the worse.
Aug. 6 2015 3:26 PMAre We in the Midst of a New Civil Rights Era?How the year since Ferguson does—and doesn’t—resemble the midcentury movement.
Aug. 6 2015 9:25 AMA “Fus’ Rate Bargain”Accounts of slave appraisals in mid–19th-century Georgia demonstrate how enslaved people sought to keep their families intact as they navigated the auction block.
July 28 2015 11:10 AMFor More Than 100 Years, Historians Doubted the Autobiographies of SlavesHenry Louis Gates joins the Academy to discuss slave narratives—what they’ve taught us and why scholars used to ignore them.
July 24 2015 12:31 PMWho Should Tell the Story of Slavery?Read a transcript of Henry Louis Gates’ appearance on the History of American Slavery, a Slate Academy.
July 9 2015 12:20 PMThe Family Life of Enslaved PeopleHistory of American Slavery, Episode 4: What happened when Thomas Jefferson and other slaveholders tore apart the families they owned.
July 2 2015 10:00 AMThe Best Fourth of July Speech in American HistoryIt was delivered on the fifth of July.
June 25 2015 2:12 PMThe Confederate Flag Doesn’t Belong in a MuseumFinding the proper home for this symbol of oppression isn’t as simple as politicians keep saying it is.
Sept. 23 2015 3:01 PMOn the RunRead a transcript of the History of American Slavery, Episode 8.
Sept. 22 2015 5:21 PMRunaway RailroadHistory of American Slavery, Episode 8: Our sometimes mythical memory of the Underground Railroad, and why the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850 propelled the country toward war.
Sept. 15 2015 7:00 AMRebuilding Pontchartrain ParkHurricane Katrina destroyed the neighborhood where I grew up. I’m still battling Big Easy politics to make it great again.
Sept. 9 2015 7:27 PMVox’s VictoriansDoes playing dress-up really give you a sense of what the past was like? Of corset doesn’t.
Sept. 3 2015 11:17 AMWhy They FledUnderground Railroad operator Sydney Howard Gay’s meticulous guestbook reveals how and why enslaved men and women risked everything to escape north.
Aug. 25 2015 5:45 AMEnd of the LineAfter Katrina, the second line became a symbol of New Orleans’ resilience. But the survival of the parades—and the neighborhoods the revelers called home—is far from assured.
Aug. 24 2015 10:50 AM“Good Breeders”During the antebellum period, enslaved women wielded their reproductive capital and fought off white encroachment on their sexual health.
Aug. 20 2015 12:05 PMWhat Happened Here?I’m a historian who knows almost nothing about the history of my town. I’m setting out to remedy that.
Aug. 6 2015 9:45 AMThe Bittersweet Victory at Saint-DomingueThe 1791 Haitian Revolution secured black independence in the former French colony and sounded the death knell for the European slave trade. It also ensured the expansion of U.S. slavery.
Aug. 6 2015 9:23 AMWhat Happened When Slaves RebelledHistory of American Slavery, Episode 5: How the frontier was really settled, and the volatile conditions that ripened it for rebellion.
July 26 2015 7:07 PMDouble GenocideLithuania wants to erase its ugly history of Nazi collaboration—by accusing Jewish partisans who fought the Germans of war crimes.
July 9 2015 1:00 PMThe Unsung HemingsesHistorians have long objectified Sally Hemings, but the Hemings family’s experiences at Monticello offer a unique glimpse into the lives of “privileged” slaves.
July 2 2015 6:03 PMThe Landscape of Civil War CommemorationHow, when, and where the North and South memorialize the conflict.
July 1 2015 5:57 AM“Richmond Reoccupied by Men Who Wore the Gray” In 1890, the former Confederate capital erected a monument to Robert E. Lee—and reasserted white supremacy.
June 25 2015 1:35 PMThe Atlantic Slave Trade in Two Minutes315 years. 20,528 voyages. Millions of lives.