Rebecca Onion
Rebecca Onion Rebecca Onion

Rebecca OnionSlate’s history writer, also runs the site's history blog, The VaultFollow her on Twitter.

The Vault
Aug. 31 2015 12:55 PMSketches of Life in a Union POW Camp, by an Anonymous Confederate Prisoner
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Aug. 27 2015 11:26 AMAn 1863 Recruitment Letter Urging the Formation of Anti-Lincoln Sleeper Cells
The History of American Slavery
Aug. 24 2015 10:12 AMWhen Cotton Became KingHistory of American Slavery, Episode 6: The rise of the 19th-century cotton economy brings about a powerful and frightening turn for the worse.
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Aug. 20 2015 1:23 PMA Detailed Brochure for an 1855 Slave Auction Shows How People Were Sold as Property  
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Aug. 17 2015 12:14 PMThe Roads Around Late-18th-Century London, Mapped in Close-Up Detail
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Aug. 7 2015 1:44 PMGraceful Minimalist Diagrams of Early-20th-Century Olympic High Dives 
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Aug. 6 2015 1:26 PMFive Panoramic Photographs of the Ruins of Hiroshima 
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Aug. 4 2015 1:00 PMDrawings of Apache Life, Made by a Prisoner of War in the Late 19th Century
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July 30 2015 8:56 AMAmericans Recovering from the Civil War Loved These Bloodless, Beautiful Battle Scenes
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July 27 2015 12:15 PMA 1918 Pamphlet Encouraging Kids to Think About How Much They Cost Their Parents
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July 24 2015 11:11 AMShould You Be A Wife or a Career Woman? Take This 1950s Magazine Quiz.
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July 20 2015 12:09 PMJack London’s Candid 1903 Advice to Writers Trying to Get Into Print
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July 15 2015 12:00 PMGorgeous Nouveau Metalwork Designs in a Late-19th-Century Catalog 
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July 13 2015 11:41 AMThe Hopeful, Heartbreaking Ads Placed by Formerly Enslaved People in Search of Lost Family
The History of American Slavery
July 9 2015 12:20 PMThe Family Life of Enslaved PeopleHistory of American Slavery, Episode 4: What happened when Thomas Jefferson and other slaveholders tore apart the families they owned.
The Vault
Aug. 28 2015 10:43 AMDreamy Early-20th-Century Photochroms of Scenery in the Swiss Alps
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Aug. 24 2015 1:04 PMA Comprehensive 1943 Infographic of American Booms and Busts 
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Aug. 21 2015 1:15 PMAn Artist’s Strangely Compelling 1960s Scrapbook of Comic Book Art 
History
Aug. 20 2015 12:05 PMWhat Happened Here?I’m a historian who knows almost nothing about the history of my town. I’m setting out to remedy that.
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Aug. 14 2015 2:31 PMA Lovely 19th-Century Illustrated Book of Japanese Falconry
History
Aug. 6 2015 3:26 PMAre We in the Midst of a New Civil Rights Era?How the year since Ferguson does—and doesn’t—resemble the midcentury movement.
The History of American Slavery
Aug. 6 2015 9:23 AMWhat Happened When Slaves RebelledHistory of American Slavery, Episode 5: How the frontier was really settled, and the volatile conditions that ripened it for rebellion.
The Vault
July 31 2015 12:29 PMRead a Delightful 1912 Children’s Book About a Wayward Rocket
The History of American Slavery
July 28 2015 11:10 AMFor More Than 100 Years, Historians Doubted the Autobiographies of SlavesHenry Louis Gates joins the Academy to discuss slave narratives—what they’ve taught us and why scholars used to ignore them.
The History of American Slavery
July 24 2015 12:31 PMWho Should Tell the Story of Slavery?Read a transcript of Henry Louis Gates’ appearance on the History of American Slavery, a Slate Academy.
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July 22 2015 12:07 PMA Beautiful 1930s Sportsman’s Map of American Saltwater Fish
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July 17 2015 2:52 PMA Book of Biting Caricatures of the Turn-of-the-Century 1%
The History of American Slavery
July 14 2015 1:50 PMThe Family Life of the Enslaved: Episode 4 TranscriptRead a transcript of The History of American Slavery, Episode 4.
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July 10 2015 12:20 PMGeorge Washington’s 1761 Ad Seeking Four Fugitive Slaves
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July 6 2015 5:46 PMInteractive Map Catalogs a History of Collective Violence Against Black Communities

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