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Museum Ties Portraits of the Wealthy to Their Slaveholding Pasts

Photography has made it possible for pretty much everyone to sit for a portrait—or at least a selfie. But having your portrait painted by a genuine …

Black History

Abraham Lincoln's Secret Visits to Slaves

In the mid-1930s, the Federal Writers’ Project interviewed thousands of former slaves, some of whom claimed the president came to their plantations disguised as a beggar or a peddler, telling them they’d soon be free.<p>Shortly before the election of 1860, a man came upon a plantation near Marlin, …

Black History

20 Civil War, 1861-62 | History Hub

<b>“Let me tell you what is coming. After the sacrifice of countless millions of treasure and hundreds of thousands of lives, you may win Southern</b> …

9 Fascinating Facts About John Quincy Adams

Today marks the 251st birthday of John Quincy Adams, sixth President of the United States (and son of our second POTUS, John Adams). Born on July 11, …

Brown v. Board of Education

The Single Greatest Witch Hunt in American History, for Real

It didn’t take long for our President to declare the appointment of a special counsel for the Russia inquiry “the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history.” Historical literacy has never been for everyone. Even the ancients complained of ignorance about the past and …

John Adams Was the United States’ First Ambassador as Well as its Second President — Smithsonian

Opening story…<p>Click here if the story doesn't open after a few seconds.<p>Learn more about Apple News<p>article<p>Adams's house in the Hague was the …

A Brief Literary History of Robots

Similar Articles Added Earlier<p>For science fiction lovers everywhere, January 2 is a very special day for two reasons — it's the birthday of legendary …

Edition for Educators—House Civics 101 | US House of Representatives: History, Art & Archives

In America’s complicated, multidimensional system of government, the United States House of Representatives holds a unique set of powers. For clarity …

First world war posters at the Library of Congress – in pictures

To mark the 100th anniversary of the US entering the first world war, the Library of Congress has been hosting an exhibition of posters covering recruitment, the home front and whipping up support for a conflict half a world away. Here are some of the posters from the show, which closes on 6 May, …

The Man Who Brought the Swastika to Germany, and How the Nazis Stole It

When archaeologist Heinrich Schliemann traveled to Ithaca, Greece in 1868, one goal was foremost in his mind: discovering the ancient city of Troy …

100 Years Ago, the United States Enters World War I

After nearly three years of horrific, industrialized war raged across Europe and repeated German effrontery, the United States dropped its neutral stance and joined the fight in April 1917.<p>As simple as it may sound, the European world collapsed on itself like a matchstick castle in summer 1914. …

Who Stopped McCarthy?

What the history of Republican infighting can teach us today<p>Ike and McCarthy: Dwight Eisenhower's Secret Campaign Against Joseph McCarthy<p>By David A. Nichols<p>Simon & Schuster<p>Richard Nixon: The Life<p>By John A. Farrell<p>Doubleday<p>So fixated are we now on the divisions between the two major parties that we …

The “Civilized” World Looked On and Did Nothing – BLARB

I grew up believing that American democracy was the corrective to the fascist virus that overtook Germany in the 1930s, and that I lived in a country …

Civil Rights

Memo to the White House on the Contributions of Frederick Douglass

At an event marking the start of Black History Month, President Trump gave a very Trumpian shoutout to Frederick Douglass, who, he said, “is an example of somebody who’s done an amazing job and is getting recognized more and more, I notice.” The vague nature of the praise has drawn scorn from some …

In the Darkest Days of World War II, Winston Churchill’s Visit to the White House Brought Hope to Washington

The very hour that the United States entered World War II, Winston Churchill decided to invite himself to Washington, D.C.<p>On December 8, 1941, even …

Did Churchill’s postwar speeches save the world?

Winston Churchill was far from a spent force after losing the 1945 general election, argues Alan Watson, author of Churchill’s Legacy: Two Speeches …

The Holocaust Museum’s ‘Early Warning Signs Of Fascism’ Poster Is Unfortunately Familiar

The popularity of search terms “fascism” and “holocaust” have spiked on Google in recent weeks, especially, in the case of the latter, when President Trump’s Holocaust Memorial Day statement refused to mention the six million Jews who were murdered between 1941–1945. Nazi Germany was a fascist …

Trump as the New Andrew Jackson? Not on Old Hickory’s Life

What Jackson was to America in the 19th century, Donald Trump hopes to be in the 21st. Fat chance.<p>Donald Trump has decided to summon the spirit of Andrew Jackson as support for his neo-populist approach to politics; he recently chose a portrait of Jackson to grace the Oval Office, and his chief …

Donald Trump

These presidents all said they were going to change America. How’d that work out?

Twenty-four years ago, William Jefferson Clinton promised change.<p>“Thomas Jefferson believed that to preserve the very foundations of our nation, we would need dramatic change from time to time,” the 42nd president said in his first inaugural address. “Well, my fellow Americans, this is our time.”<p>He …

Amazing American Civil War photos turned into glorious color

Color photography may not have been widely used until the 1930s, but that hasn't stopped an active group of Redditors from looking to change the past. On the Colorized History Subreddit, Redditors use photo manipulation to add color to historical black-and-white images.<p>Two of the most prolific …

BBC - iWonder - Sir Winston Churchill: The greatest Briton?

The greatest Briton?<p>On 8 May 1945 Winston Churchill stood on a Whitehall balcony and addressed the excited crowd below. "In all our long history," he said, "we have never seen a greater day than this." Churchill had stood against Hitler and won – the day was his.<p>Half a century on from his death, …

The Nerd’s Dream Guide to the U.S. Constitution

More citizens should follow Khizr Khan’s example by reading the document and knowing what the words mean.<p>There is something exhilarating about watching a national election pivot on the hinge of a pocket Constitution.<p>Last month, Khizr Khan, a naturalized American citizen who appeared before the …

Join the Army and Choose Whichever God You Like

Every August, the oldest synagogue in the United States celebrates the fact that George Washington hated tolerance.<p>In 1790, a couple of months after Rhode Island became the last state to ratify the Constitution, Moses Seixas of Touro Synagogue in Newport wrote his president a nice note about what a …

The Berlin Wall was built 55 years ago today, and it should remind us that walls don’t work

On the 55th anniversary of “barbed-wire Sunday,” as the start of construction on the Berlin Wall is known, the border security business is booming.<p>Donald Trump has made a wall on the US-Mexico border a controversial centerpiece of his presidential campaign, and EU countries have erected fences to …

Germany

Mystery bones from ancient Greece may be a teenager sacrificed to Zeus

The ancient Greeks and Romans wrote grisly legends about Mount Lykaion. The Arcadian peak, some would write, was where one of the first Greeks tried …

Theodore Roosevelt’s Lessons for Today’s Politics

The gloves are off in the 2016 Presidential race, yet this week the City of Brotherly Love — Philadelphia — will host the Democratic National …

Democratic National Convention

A History of Embarrassing Presidential Campaign Logos

Good design and presidential politics do not often meet.<p>“The poster craze in candidateville,” an 1896 political cartoon by C.J. Taylor. (Photo: …

Hillary Clinton

The Man Who Turned Hitler Into Hitler

In this prologue to the mesmerizing The Devil’s Diary, we meet Alfred Rosenberg, the evil mastermind who more than anyone shaped Hitler’s …

How Teddy Roosevelt Invented Spin

He used public opinion, the press, leaks to Congress, and Upton Sinclair to reform unconscionable industries, like the meatpackers.<p>For decades after his death, Theodore Roosevelt was written off as a grandstanding performer—remembered more for his rhetoric than his accomplishments. H.L. Mencken, …

Epic Fails of U.S. Presidential History

Jeb Bush isn’t the only one who was supposed to win and didn’t.<p>Jeb Bush’s rise and fall are now complete. The once “inevitable” “front-runner” with the “rock star name” is doomed to watch from the sidelines as his golden(ish)-haired debate nemesis and his upstart “protégé” trade barbs and compete …