Stranded in Tehran
While spymaster Tony Mendez helped six American diplomats escape Iran, a seventh American and alleged CIA agent was still behind enemy lines—my father.
The Mysteries of the MasonsIn 1826, a shadowy cabal kidnapped a man who had threatened to expose the rites of the secretive brotherhood. American politics were never the same again.
What Was Gay?In an increasingly accepting world, homosexual men are all too eager to leave their campy, cruising past behind. But the price of equality shouldn’t be conformity.
But What About the Lesbians?Outward editors J. Bryan Lowder and June Thomas talk about the female perspective on gayness, gay men and lesbian culture, code-switching, and more.
Life Aboard the LusitaniaReliving the infamous sinking through the letters of a survivor—my great-grandmother.
A Hard BargainThe Munsee Indians sold Staten Island under duress—but not before they got the colony of New York to make some surprising concessions.
“A Public Menace”How the fight to ban The Birth of a Nation shaped the nascent civil rights movement.
Red SummerIn 1919, white Americans visited awful violence on black Americans. So black Americans decided to fight back.
A Body for the Body PoliticThe strange, sad, and gross saga of Abraham Lincoln’s two-week funeral procession.
A Gift Guide for Young HistoriansThe books that made scholars want to devote their future to examining the past.
“Your Future Is Very Dark”The incredible story of former CIA agent John T. Downey, the longest held American captive of war.
“I Realized It Was Dishonest Not to Include Myself”How do you tell the story of gayness? J. Bryan Lowder and his editor John Swansburg discuss.
Slate Voice: “What Was Gay?”Listen to Slate’s J. Bryan Lowder read his story on the history and future of gayness.
The Medieval Roots of Our DIY Gun CultureForget 3-D printers. The first garage gunsmiths date back to the late Middle Ages.
Where to Read History on the WebRebecca Onion’s favorite places to find great stories, scholarship, and artifacts.
Remembering History as FableThe emancipation of black Americans has been written out of our celebration of the Civil War’s end.
The Unlikely Paths of Grant and LeeThe two men met at Appomattox. The loser would become a role model, the victor an embarrassment.
The PenInmates at America’s oldest women’s prison are writing a history of it—and exploding the myth of its benevolent founders.
Who Owns Lincoln’s Papers?Important presidential documents are in the hands of anonymous private collectors. It’s time they shared these treasures with the public.
There Goes the Neighborhood, AgainA gentrifier digs deep into his new home’s past in pursuit of its true historic owners.
History, or Just Horror?Should archives make images of eradicated diseases and antiquated treatments available for the world to see?
“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.