The Road Trip That Made the Modern American Highway Possible

How a group of enterprising auto executives convinced the nation to pave its dusty paths. 

Nov. 24 2015 10:02 AMFederalist No. 2The text of Publius’ article on America’s national character—with a commentary on its relevance to the immigration debate today.
Nov. 20 2015 5:51 AMHow the Nuremberg Trial Bore Witness to the Nazis’ Worst CrimesOn the 70th anniversary of the world’s most famous trial, the prosecutors’ wise approach still offers a lesson for us. 
Nov. 5 2015 10:30 AMThe Athens of OhioWhat a historian discovered when she trained her eye on the town she calls home.
Oct. 13 2015 3:34 PMHow Did American Slavery End?History of American Slavery, Episode 9: The long process of emancipation.
Oct. 8 2015 9:01 AMThe Banality of GoodWhy individuals who rescued Jews during World War II found it so difficult to explain their motives.
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.
Nov. 24 2015 8:30 AMMasters of the AtlanticThe forgotten contest between colonists and seafaring Indians for command of the American coast.
Nov. 17 2015 6:59 PMWhen People Flee to America’s ShoresWe are a nation of immigrants and refugees. Yet we always fear who is coming next.
Oct. 27 2015 9:30 AMAt Home With HitlerLife’s scathing 1939 feature on Hitler’s design sensibilities caused a reader outpouring that spanned from Hitler fan mail to wild conspiracy theories.
Oct. 9 2015 10:38 AMHow Do You Write History for Teenagers?M.T. Anderson writes erudite books about serious topics—and young adults love them. 
Oct. 1 2015 5:35 AMWhy Do So Many Americans Think They Have Cherokee Blood?The history of a myth. 
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.