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.

The Vault
Aug. 15 2014 10:22 AMThe Disastrous Cordon Sanitaire Used on Honolulu's Chinatown in 1900 
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Aug. 13 2014 2:00 PMWho Counted as a "Fascist" in Postwar Italy? How the Allies Decided
Slate Picks
Aug. 13 2014 7:31 AMSongs That Make Slate NostalgicA roundup of the music from high school that staffers still love.
The Vault
Aug. 7 2014 2:34 PMGorgeous 1914 Relief Maps of Six National Parks
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Aug. 5 2014 11:11 AMAmerican Boys at a Nazi Summer Camp, Upstate New York, Summer of 1937
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July 31 2014 11:44 AMA Post–World War I “Hunger Map of Europe,” Aimed at the Hearts of American Kids 
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July 28 2014 10:46 AMThe Documents A.J. Liebling Carried While Reporting Overseas During World War II
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July 23 2014 3:30 PMGandhi's 1942 Letter to FDR, Asking For Support For Indian Independence 
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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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Aug. 14 2014 12:30 PMA Photo Tour of the Flooded Mississippi, 1927
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Aug. 13 2014 11:07 AMThe Ethereal Embossed Pages of a 19th-Century Atlas for the Blind
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Aug. 8 2014 11:45 AMPhotos of “Soldiers’ Inventories” Showcase 1,000 Years of Fighting Gear
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Aug. 6 2014 11:21 AM19th-Century Classified Ads for Abortifacients and Contraceptives 
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Aug. 1 2014 1:16 PMThe Blue-and-Green Elegance of Turn-of-the-Century Tennis Illustrations
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July 29 2014 10:26 AMPostcards Celebrating the Ruins of Black Neighborhoods After the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921
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July 25 2014 12:14 PMA Transit Map of 1906 L.A., With Copious Streetcars 
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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



The World

The Budget Disaster that Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola

How Movies Like Contagion and Outbreak Distort Our Response to Real Epidemics

PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer

Everything You Should Know About Today’s Eclipse

An Unscientific Ranking of Really, Really Old German Beers


Welcome to 13th Grade!

Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.


The Actual World

“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.

Want Kids to Delay Sex? Let Planned Parenthood Teach Them Sex Ed.

Can Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu Pull Off One More Louisiana Miracle?

  News & Politics
Oct. 22 2014 9:42 PM Landslide Landrieu Can the Louisiana Democrat use the powers of incumbency to save herself one more time?
Oct. 23 2014 11:51 AM It Seems No One Is Rich or Happy: I Looked
The Vault
Oct. 23 2014 12:02 PM Delightfully Awkward Studio Action Shots of Players, Used on Early Baseball Cards
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 23 2014 11:33 AM Watch Little Princesses Curse for the Feminist Cause
  Slate Plus
Oct. 23 2014 11:28 AM Slate’s Working Podcast: Episode 2 Transcript Read what David Plotz asked Dr. Meri Kolbrener about her workday.
Brow Beat
Oct. 23 2014 12:01 PM Who Is Constantine, and Should You Watch His New Show?
Oct. 23 2014 11:45 AM The United States of Reddit  How social media is redrawing our borders. 
  Health & Science
Bad Astronomy
Oct. 23 2014 7:30 AM Our Solar System and Galaxy … Seen by an Astronaut
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.