The Case of the Closely Watched Courtesans
The French police obsessively tracked the kept women of 18th-century Paris. Why?
The 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.
The Massive Liberal Failure on RacePart 2: Affirmative action doesn’t work. It never did. It’s time for a new solution.
The Massive Liberal Failure on RacePart 1: How the left’s embrace of busing hurt the cause of integration.
The Welfare QueenIn the 1970s, Ronald Reagan villainized a Chicago woman for bilking the government. Her other sins—including possible kidnappings and murders—were far worse.
The Drones of the Civil WarMeet the hot air balloonist who convinced Lincoln to use aerial reconnaissance.
Why “Four Score and Seven Years Ago”?The complicated politics and philosophies behind the first six words of the Gettysburg Address.
The Nazi AnatomistsHow the corpses of Hitler's victims are still haunting modern science—and American abortion politics.
The Last Blood Libel Trial100 years ago, a Jewish man went on trial for his life. Inside the most sensational murder case you’ve never heard of.
The First Victim of Sept. 11He was likely the first person killed, but his influence was felt that entire terrible day—online.
The Murders of GonzagoHow did we forget the mass killings in Indonesia? And what might they have taught us about Vietnam?
The Massive Liberal Failure on RacePart III: The Civil Rights movement ignored one very important, very difficult question. It’s time to answer it.
Snapshots of HistoryWildly popular accounts like @HistoryInPics are bad for history, bad for Twitter, and bad for you.
The Greatest Magazine Ever PublishedWhat I learned reading all of Life magazine from the summer of 1945.
Killing ConspiracyWhy the best conspiracy theories about JFK’s assassination don’t stand up to scrutiny.
The Myth of the War of the Worlds PanicOrson Welles’ infamous 1938 radio program did not touch off nationwide hysteria. Why does the legend persist?
A Secret Plot in SyriaAn illustrated account of the 1949 coup—possibly CIA-assisted—that plunged the country into decades of political turmoil.
The Personal PresidentWhy FDR shunned the State Department and instead sent friends and cronies on important diplomatic missions.
When Hillary Was Already HillaryHillary Rodham’s 1969 commencement speech, and the young poetry professor who saw it.