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The Case of the Closely Watched Courtesans

The French police obsessively tracked the kept women of 18th-century Paris. Why?

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.
Jan. 9 2014 12:45 PMWhat New Revelations About the Media, Pa., FBI Break-In Teach Us About Intelligence Reform Today
Dec. 19 2013 12:41 AMThe 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.
Nov. 21 2013 7:46 AMThe Drones of the Civil WarMeet the hot air balloonist who convinced Lincoln to use aerial reconnaissance.
Nov. 19 2013 7:00 AMWhy “Four Score and Seven Years Ago”?The complicated politics and philosophies behind the first six words of the Gettysburg Address.
Nov. 17 2013 11:45 PMA Killer’s Last StepsA tour of Lee Harvey Oswald’s bizarre path after killing JFK.
Nov. 15 2013 10:30 AMWho Wrote JFK's Inaugural?Does it matter?
Nov. 6 2013 5:50 AMThe Nazi AnatomistsHow the corpses of Hitler's victims are still haunting modern science—and American abortion politics.
Oct. 8 2013 7:38 AMThe 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.
Sept. 11 2013 5:30 AMThe First Victim of Sept. 11He was likely the first person killed, but his influence was felt that entire terrible day—online.
July 25 2013 4:09 PMBy George!In anticipation of King George VII, everything you need to know about Kings George I–VI.
July 10 2013 3:52 PMThe Murders of GonzagoHow did we forget the mass killings in Indonesia? And what might they have taught us about Vietnam?
June 21 2013 7:15 AMSkyjacker of the DayThe hijacker who became a heartthrob.
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.
Jan. 30 2014 8:20 PMExecutive ActionPresident Andrew Jackson was the first to carry a big stick.
Dec. 27 2013 10:28 AMThe Greatest Magazine Ever PublishedWhat I learned reading all of Life magazine from the summer of 1945.
Nov. 21 2013 11:33 PMA Grave MatterThat time we exhumed Lee Harvey Oswald’s body to see if he was a Soviet assassin.
Nov. 19 2013 11:55 PMI Saw JFK Murdered When I Was 6 Years OldAn eyewitness account, retold 50 years later.
Nov. 18 2013 12:41 PMThe City That Killed KennedyRacism, McCarthyism, and political fervor in 1960s Dallas.
Nov. 17 2013 11:37 PMKennedycareFifty years before Obamacare, JFK had his own health care debacle.
Nov. 14 2013 11:33 PMKilling ConspiracyWhy the best conspiracy theories about JFK’s assassination don’t stand up to scrutiny.
Oct. 28 2013 11:51 PMThe Myth of the War of the Worlds PanicOrson Welles’ infamous 1938 radio program did not touch off nationwide hysteria. Why does the legend persist?
Sept. 11 2013 7:47 AMA Secret Plot in SyriaAn illustrated account of the 1949 coup—possibly CIA-assisted—that plunged the country into decades of political turmoil.
July 29 2013 6:35 AMThe Personal PresidentWhy FDR shunned the State Department and instead sent friends and cronies on important diplomatic missions.
July 16 2013 5:30 AMA History of the Fig LeafThe best sight gag in the history of art.
July 2 2013 8:27 AMWhen Hillary Was Already HillaryHillary Rodham’s 1969 commencement speech, and the young poetry professor who saw it.
June 20 2013 7:36 AMSkyjacker of the Day“I am trying to save America, to save the whole world, because we are all crazy.”

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