History Stories
What Can We Expect From the Last JFK Records Release?
April 24, 2018

The public may get answers to some of the most tantalizing remaining questions about the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy as soon as April 26, 2018, when the final documents are set to be released. Read More

How a Black Spy Infiltrated the Confederate White House
April 23, 2018

How freed slave Mary Bowser and abolitionist Elizabeth Van Lew teamed up to spy on Confederate President Jefferson Davis and got away with it. Read More

9 Blades that Forged History
April 23, 2018

These razor-sharp blades inspired fear and fascination and helped change the course of military campaigns. Read More

How Anita Hill’s Confirmation Hearing Testimony Brought Workplace Sexual Harassment to Light
April 23, 2018

Few observers expected the issue of whether Clarence Thomas should serve on the U.S. Supreme Court to become a firestorm—and a national referendum on sexual harassment. Read More

Life in the Trenches of World War I
April 23, 2018

Trenches—long, deep ditches dug as protective defenses—are most often associated with World War I, and the results of trench warfare in that conflict were hellish indeed. Read More

The 19th Century’s Last Survivor Is Dead at 117
April 23, 2018

When Nabi Tajima was born, there was no such thing as an electric traffic light, a radio, a television, or a handheld calculator. Read More

Eisenhower Knew the Importance of D-Day for an Allied Victory
April 23, 2018

The D-Day military invasion that helped to end World War II was one the most ambitious and consequential military campaigns in human history. Read More

I Was There For Robert Kennedy’s Electrifying Speech about MLK’s Murder
April 20, 2018

Mary Evans was just 16 years old when she attended a rally for presidential hopefull, Robert F. Kennedy. The experience changed her life. Read More

How Columbia’s Student Uprising of 1968 Was Sparked by a Segregated Gym
April 20, 2018

The ‘Gym Crow’ controversy became a flashpoint at an already volatile university. Read More

The Complicated History of Cannabis in the US
April 20, 2018

American colonists were once encouraged to grow and cultivate cannabis for hemp, but it all changed when the plant's more "medicinal" uses were discovered. Read More