Rebecca Onion Rebecca Onion

Rebecca Onion, who runs Slate’s history blog The Vault, is a writer and academic living in Ohio. Follow her on Twitter.

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July 22 2014 4:04 PMA School Progress Report for the Brontë Sisters 
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July 18 2014 11:35 AMA List of Missing Soldiers After the First Black Union Army Regiment Stormed Fort Wagner
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July 16 2014 12:45 PMA Physicist Eyewitness Sketches the First Atomic Test 
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July 14 2014 12:31 PMReconstruction-Era Marriage Certificates of the Recently Emancipated 
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July 11 2014 12:40 PMThe Black List: Public Shaming of the “Lewd and Scandalous” in 18th-Century London
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July 10 2014 1:30 PMPhotos Show How Workers Crunched Census Data in 1940
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July 7 2014 12:22 PMA Thank-You Note From the Amistad Rebels to One of Their Lawyers, John Quincy Adams
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July 1 2014 11:00 AMA 19th-Century Panorama of the Beautiful, Reeking River Thames
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June 24 2014 12:18 PMGovernment Child Care Advice From Early Soviet Propaganda Posters
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June 20 2014 10:13 AMThe Romantic, Hopeful French Pictorial Postcards of World War I
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June 18 2014 11:10 AMJane Austen's Collection of Critical Feedback From Her (Sometimes Harsh) Friends and Family
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June 16 2014 12:30 PMA Unique Atlas Shows How Much of the Arctic Has Been Mapped by the Inuit 
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June 11 2014 12:34 PMHow Eisenhower Handled McCarthy's Threat to a "Middle-of-the-Road" GOP
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June 9 2014 2:53 PMA Detail-Packed Mid-19th-Century Map of World Religious Belief
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June 5 2014 12:17 PMPhotos of Late 19th-Century Bicycle Clubs Riding Their Penny-Farthings Around the Bay Area
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July 21 2014 12:55 PMBrigham Young’s Short-Lived, Experimental Mormon Alphabet
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July 17 2014 4:06 PM19th-Century Japanese Prints Showing the Trials of Western Inventors
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July 15 2014 1:20 PMThose Funny 19th-Century “Reasons for Admission”  to Mental Institutions 
July 13 2014 11:30 PM“Unclaimed Treasures of Science”Even during the Cold War, these women brought feminism to STEM.
July 10 2014 11:44 PMThe Pre-Pregnancy ContractIf I’m going to become a mom, I need my husband to sign on the dotted line.
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July 8 2014 1:00 PMA U.S. Intelligence Agency’s Map of German Concentration Camps, a Year Before Liberation 
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July 3 2014 11:51 AMDeciphering Original Pages From the Voting Record of the Constitutional Convention
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June 25 2014 11:27 AMA 1931 Cartoon Map of “Chicago's Gangland,” Brimming With Wry, Macabre Details
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June 23 2014 1:02 PMThe Delicious Rations Promised to Prospective Soldiers of the Continental Army
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June 19 2014 11:19 AMThe Puzzle-Writing, Puzzle-Solving Teen Subculture of the Late 19th Century
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June 17 2014 11:38 AMInteractive Time-Lapse Map Shows How the U.S. Took More Than 1.5 Billion Acres From Native Americans
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June 12 2014 11:56 AMThe Sniffy, Scandalized Letter That Sealed the UK Government's Ban of Ulysses
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June 10 2014 3:15 PMAn Early Draft of "The Star-Spangled Banner," With All Those Verses We Never Sing
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June 6 2014 9:34 AM"A Forlorn Little Rescue Party": Post-Combat Interviews With D-Day Survivors From One Hard-Hit Company
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June 4 2014 9:43 AMIntense Footage from Fighter Plane Gun Cameras Shows American Raids on Germany in 1945




Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore, and Schools Are Getting Worried

The Good Wife Is Cynical, Thrilling, and Grown-Up. It’s Also TV’s Best Drama.

  News & Politics
Sept. 19 2014 9:15 PM Chris Christie, Better Than Ever
Sept. 19 2014 6:35 PM Pabst Blue Ribbon is Being Sold to the Russians, Was So Over Anyway
Atlas Obscura
Sept. 19 2014 1:10 PM Ascension Island: Home of Lava Fields, a False Forest, and the World's Worst Golf Course
  Double X
The XX Factor
Sept. 19 2014 3:07 PM Everything Is a "Women's Issue"
  Slate Plus
Slate Picks
Sept. 19 2014 12:00 PM What Happened at Slate This Week? The Slatest editor tells us to read well-informed skepticism, media criticism, and more.
Brow Beat
Sept. 19 2014 4:48 PM You Should Be Listening to Sbtrkt
Future Tense
Sept. 19 2014 5:03 PM White House Chief Information Officer Will Run U.S. Ebola Response
  Health & Science
Medical Examiner
Sept. 19 2014 5:09 PM Did America Get Fat by Drinking Diet Soda?   A high-profile study points the finger at artificial sweeteners.
Sports Nut
Sept. 18 2014 11:42 AM Grandmaster Clash One of the most amazing feats in chess history just happened, and no one noticed.