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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. 

May 15 2015 3:33 AMThe 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.
May 12 2015 3:56 AMWhat 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.
May 11 2015 2:13 PMBut 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.
May 7 2015 1:53 AMLife Aboard the LusitaniaReliving the infamous sinking through the letters of a survivor—my great-grandmother.
April 28 2015 10:51 AMA Hard BargainThe Munsee Indians sold Staten Island under duress—but not before they got the colony of New York to make some surprising concessions.
April 14 2015 3:30 AMThousands of Women Ran for Office Before They Could VoteSome won!
April 9 2015 11:35 AMGeneral Lee’s Sword150 years ago today, Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox Court House.
March 31 2015 3:45 AM“A Public Menace”How the fight to ban The Birth of a Nation shaped the nascent civil rights movement.
March 4 2015 11:45 PMRed SummerIn 1919, white Americans visited awful violence on black Americans. So black Americans decided to fight back.
Feb. 13 2015 12:46 PMUnreconciled History Why even victims don’t have the right to rewrite the past.
Feb. 12 2015 10:26 AMA Body for the Body PoliticThe strange, sad, and gross saga of Abraham Lincoln’s two-week funeral procession.
Dec. 17 2014 10:02 AMA Gift Guide for Young HistoriansThe books that made scholars want to devote their future to examining the past.
Nov. 19 2014 10:35 AM“Your Future Is Very Dark”The incredible story of former CIA agent John T. Downey, the longest held American captive of war.
Sept. 29 2014 11:45 PMThe Self-Made ManThe story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth.
Sept. 29 2014 11:18 AMSlate Voice: “The Self-Made Man” Listen to Slate’s John Swansburg read his story on the myth of the self-made man.  
May 12 2015 11:49 AM“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.
May 11 2015 2:15 PMSlate Voice: “What Was Gay?”Listen to Slate’s J. Bryan Lowder read his story on the history and future of gayness.
May 7 2015 6:56 PMThe Medieval Roots of Our DIY Gun CultureForget 3-D printers. The first garage gunsmiths date back to the late Middle Ages.
May 4 2015 7:17 AMWhere to Read History on the WebRebecca Onion’s favorite places to find great stories, scholarship, and artifacts.
April 14 2015 9:29 PMRemembering History as FableThe emancipation of black Americans has been written out of our celebration of the Civil War’s end.
April 9 2015 6:50 PMThe Unlikely Paths of Grant and LeeThe two men met at Appomattox. The loser would become a role model, the victor an embarrassment.
April 3 2015 10:51 AMDecoding PlatoI met with the world’s leading Atlantologist to separate fact from myth.
March 22 2015 7:37 PMThe PenInmates at America’s oldest women’s prison are writing a history of it—and exploding the myth of its benevolent founders.
Feb. 19 2015 3:57 PMWhy ISIS Isn’t MedievalIt is actually viciously modern. 
Feb. 12 2015 12:03 PMWho 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.
Feb. 9 2015 11:53 PMThere Goes the Neighborhood, AgainA gentrifier digs deep into his new home’s past in pursuit of its true historic owners.
Nov. 24 2014 4:43 PMWhat Did Gettysburg Smell Like?A sensory history of the Civil War.
Nov. 6 2014 9:19 AMHistory, or Just Horror?Should archives make images of eradicated diseases and antiquated treatments available for the world to see?
Sept. 29 2014 11:18 AM“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.
Sept. 29 2014 11:17 AMThey Can’t Buy BackboneFathers, sons, and the lesson of Herman Blume in my Slate essay about self-made men.

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