Lew Wallace, a Life in ArtifactsA letter from Billy the Kid, a portrait by Winslow Homer, a fan note from President Garfield, and more.
The Roger Williams CodeHow a team of scholars decrypted a secret language—and discovered the last known work of the American theologian.
You Want My Support? How Much Are You Offering?One Ohio county’s long, sordid history of selling its votes to the highest bidder.
The Battlefield Photos That Changed EverythingAlexander Gardner made these incredibly powerful images before newspapers could even print photographs.
Nathaniel Hawthorne, Party HackWhy did the famous novelist agree to write a campaign biography for an infamously bad president?
The Boss of BossesOne hundred years ago, John Pierpont Morgan was called before a Congress suspicious of his bank’s power and influence. Sound familiar?
“A Drunkard in the Gutter Is Just Where He Ought To Be”Meet the man who invented the GOP’s defense of the wealthy—in 1883.
Beastly JusticeIn the Middle Ages, animals that did bad things were tried in court. Maybe that’s not as crazy as it sounds.
An Illustrated History of the Muslim BrotherhoodA half-century journey from the underground to the corridors of power.
Things Can ChangeA century ago, there were forms of brutal violence considered so thoroughly American that they could never be banished. Today, they no longer exist.
Identity Politics in 1960JFK made history as the first Catholic president. But his father never forgave the Church.
Seeing the Federal LightChris Christie isn’t the first conservative governor to have a hurricane conversion.
First BrotherWhy is it taking RFK’s family so long to show us his papers from the Cuban Missile Crisis?
The Horror of AntietamAmerica’s deadliest day, as witnessed by Oliver Wendell Holmes, William McKinley, Rutherford B. Hayes, and Clara Barton.
The Chickens and the BullsThe rise and incredible fall of a vicious extortion ring that preyed on prominent gay men in the 1960s.
Happy 200th Birthday, War of 1812!A primer on America’s most bumbling, most confusing, and most forgotten conflict.
What Did Thomas Jefferson’s World Sound Like?Recreating the soundscape of Monticello, from patriotic songs to the slap of the whip.
“Patriotic Gore is Not Really Much Like Any Other Book by Anyone”Revisiting one of the most important and confounding books ever written about the Civil War.