The Many Lives of Hazel Bryan
In the most famous photo of the civil rights era, she was the face of white bigotry. Here’s what she did with the rest of her life.
Stop Eulogizing Gore VidalHe was a racist and an elitist, forever mourning the decline of his era of aristocratic privilege.
The Mississippi River Ran BackwardThe strange story of the massive 1811-12 New Madrid earthquakes, and why Midwesterners still haven’t gotten over them.
Stunning Photographs of Civil War Soldiers1861 author Adam Goodheart discusses an amazing new exhibition, and his book about the start of the Civil War.
Beware the Military-Industrial ComplexEisenhower's farewell address has been completely misunderstood.
The Hidden History of the Espionage ActThe much-maligned 1917 law had a real purpose—stopping spies and saboteurs.
Too Big To Fail, the 1912 VersionHow Wilson and Roosevelt tried to roll back the power of corporations.
The Four Most Important Lessons of ColumbineHow "leakage" and the "active shooter protocol" have prevented other tragedies.
Sick to His StomachJohn F. Kennedy’s 1960 speech on religious freedom gives Rick Santorum a bellyache—it shouldn’t.
What the New Deal Accomplished651,000 miles of highway. 8,000 parks. The Triborough Bridge. Do conservatives who attack the New Deal actually know what America gained from it?
Orindatus Simon Bolivar WallA hero of African-American history whose story is forgotten because his descendants decided they were white.
Elena Kagan Could Have Been a Superb HistorianTwo history professors read the nominee's undergraduate thesis.
The Case for Watered-Down LegislationWhat health care reform advocates can learn from the 1957 Civil Rights Act.