History Stories
CATEGORY: Donald Trump
The Tense History of U.S.-Iran Sanctions, from the Hostage Crisis to the Nuclear Deal
May 8, 2018

How sanctions went from punishment to status quo in America's shadow war against Iran. Read More

Historic Presidential Affairs That Never Made it To the Tabloids
May 7, 2018

FDR and Eleanor had a special arrangement, LBJ had no shame, and Harding had a favorite closet. Read More

How Bill Clinton’s Welfare Reform Changed America
April 26, 2018

Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential campaign placed welfare reform at its center, claiming that his proposal would “end welfare as we have come to know it.” Read More

The Sex Scandal That Ruined Alexander Hamilton’s Chances of Becoming President
April 20, 2018

Hamilton torpedoed his own presidential ambitions for good in 1797, when he published a tell-all pamphlet about the sordid details of his earlier affair with a married woman, Maria Reynolds, and the blackmail payments he made to her husband to cover up the affair. Read More

The Largest Mass Deportation in American History
March 23, 2018

As many as 1.3 million people may have been swept up in the Eisenhower-era campaign. Read More

Why the U.S. Has Spent 200 Years Flip-Flopping Between Isolationism and Engagement
March 16, 2018

What does the United States want to be to the world? Read More

Quick Stints and Worn Out Welcomes: The Shortest-Serving Presidential Staff
March 13, 2018

Rex Tillerson is out. Here’s who left more quickly—and who stayed a lot longer. Read More

Propaganda Film Shows How North Korea Might Like Trump’s Visit to Go
March 9, 2018

It’ll take more than a presidential visit to end North Korea’s nuclear program. Read More

The Great Depression Lesson About ‘Trade Wars’
March 5, 2018

In 1930, raising tariffs across the board hurt the U.S. economy. Read More

The President’s Annual State of the Union Address, Explained
January 29, 2018

As President Donald Trump prepares to address Congress for his 2018 State of the Union address, take a look back at the history of this high-profile tradition. Read More