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Is 2016 the Worst Year in History?

It’d have to be worse than 1348. And 1836. And 1919 …

July 6 2016 5:30 AMIs the Greatest Collection of Slave Narratives Tainted by Racism?In the 1930s, the federal government sent (mostly white) interviewers to learn about slavery from former slaves. Can we trust the stories they brought back?
June 14 2016 5:17 PMWhat Gun Control Advocates Can Learn From AbolitionistsSlave ownership was once as entrenched in American life as gun ownership.
May 5 2016 5:55 AMAmerica’s Lost History of Border ViolenceTexas Rangers and civilian vigilantes killed thousands of Mexican-Americans in a campaign of terror. A century later, will the state finally acknowledge the bloodshed?
March 31 2016 6:00 AMThe Art of the New DealHow an inexperienced New Yorker famous for his name emerged from the contested 1932 convention to win the presidency.
March 4 2016 5:53 AMK TroopThe story of the eradication of the original Ku Klux Klan.
Jan. 28 2016 8:46 AMGladiators of the Sea The floating bloodbaths that delighted Roman emperors.
Jan. 18 2016 5:30 AMAmerica’s Other Original SinEuropeans didn’t just displace Native Americans—they enslaved them, and encouraged tribes to participate in the slave trade, on a scale historians are only beginning to fathom.
Dec. 23 2015 1:38 PMWho Was Hugh Glass?The Revenant is just the latest in a long history of retellings of Glass’ ordeal. Why does every generation of Americans revisit his story?
Nov. 25 2015 10:00 AMThe Road Trip That Made the Modern American Highway PossibleHow a group of enterprising auto executives convinced the nation to pave its dusty paths. 
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.
June 21 2016 2:08 PMWhy the Racial Wealth Gap Harms Everyone—Even WhitesRacism drives down wages for white workers too.
May 13 2016 5:45 AMSome Things Are Worth Forgetting In a provocative new book, David Rieff questions whether remembering the past can really spare us from repeating it.
April 29 2016 4:43 PMAndrew Jackson’s Adopted Indian SonWas bringing home an Indian boy—after slaughtering his family—an act of compassion or of political expedience?
March 8 2016 8:30 AMRoller Skating Socials and a Black Rosie the RiveterDiscovering a different side of black history in the archives of the black press.
Feb. 8 2016 9:03 AMHow Henry Cabot Lodge, Jr. Won the 1964 New Hampshire Primary Without Lifting a Finger Four friends thought running the “old man” would be a fun thing to do.
Jan. 18 2016 5:31 AMNative American Slaves in New FranceAs many as 10,000 Indians were enslaved between 1660–1760. Here are the names we know. 
Jan. 6 2016 11:41 AMIs History Written About Men, by Men?A careful study of recent popular history books reveals a genre dominated by generals, presidents—and male authors.  
Dec. 11 2015 5:29 AMA New History of ProhibitionHow the ban on booze gave rise to prejudiced policing, the penal system, and the modern American right wing.
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.

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