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Remembering History as Fable

The emancipation of black Americans has been written out of our celebration of the Civil War’s end.

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.  
Sept. 24 2014 10:03 AMRefugees of the Bosphorus Istanbul, 1944: A Bloomingdale’s executive and a future Pope teamed with Jewish intelligence agents to save hundreds of Eastern European Jews. 
Sept. 11 2014 10:15 AMThe First Victim of Sept. 11He was likely the first person killed, but his influence was felt that entire terrible day—online.
Aug. 13 2014 1:21 PMThe Rock, Pre-Capone​ The long history of Alcatraz​ before it became America's first supermax prison.
July 24 2014 11:22 AMHappy Captive Nations Week!It’s that time of year when we are supposed to celebrate one of the weirdest artifacts of the Cold War.
June 30 2014 6:08 PMShould You Care About the Fate of Unions?If you care about income inequality you should.
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.
Sept. 23 2014 11:45 PMAmerica in AfricaThe tragic, misunderstood history of Liberia—and why the United States has a special obligation to help it fight the Ebola epidemic.
Aug. 18 2014 1:51 PMA Short History of Postal BankingAs the debate over reinstituting postal banking heats up, we should know we had it. And it worked.
Aug. 5 2014 11:54 PMWas John Hancock’s Signature Too Big?Or was everyone else’s too small?
July 24 2014 8:53 AM“A Shocking Sabbath Carnival of Death”James Gordon Bennett Jr.’s most eccentric public service announcement. 
June 3 2014 7:35 AMThe Day We Didn’t Invade NormandyOn June 3, 1944, American radio broadcasters announced that D-Day had begun. Whoops.

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