American History

Historians Shouldn’t Be Pundits

Donald Trump might be disastrous for most Americans and a danger to the world, but he has been a boon to historians. The more grotesque his presidency appears, the more historians are called on to make sense of it, often in 30-second blasts on cable news or in quick-take quotes in a news article.<p>As …


Goodbye Nonpartisan Journalism. And Good Riddance.

The Friday Cover<p>The Friday Cover is POLITICO Magazine's email of the week's best, delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.<p>Disinterested reporting is overrated.<p>We don’t yet know to what extent Donald Trump will succeed in remaking the United States, but his candidacy and presidency are already …


Welcome to Made by History

“Instead of making history, we are made by history.” The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. meant the words as an admonition to his congregation when he addressed them in 1954. As black Americans who’d been yoked first to slavery and then to Jim Crow, King argued, they had allowed themselves to be …

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Move to rename Harlem neighborhood sparks outrage over erasing black history

NEW YORK (Reuters) - New York City real estate companies' attempts to rename a Harlem neighborhood "SoHa" have enraged long-time residents of the historically black enclave, who say the move erases the community's rich cultural history.<p>The neighborhood served as home and inspiration to generations …

Black History

How many grievances are in the Declaration of Independence?

A grievance is defined by the Oxford English Dictionary as "the infliction of wrong or hardship on a person". The middle section of the Declaration …

American Revolution

OPINION: Caribbean Heritage Month and its importance to African-American history | Brooklyn Daily Eagle

“Life Needs the Caribbean!” So read the tagline of a full-length commercial that ran in frequent rotation on national network television a couple …

Black History

John Muir Yosemite Letter

Description<p>Acclaimed naturalist John Muir, whose passion for the outdoors inspired Americans to experience and preserve natural spaces, was …


Wash, Rinse, and Equal Treatment

In December 1967 Representative Martha Griffiths stepped in to save a teetering but beloved decades-old institution known as the House Beauty Shop. …


Edition for Educators—Summer Reading 2017

It’s officially summertime and class is out! With summer comes vacation time and beach reading, and we have a few suggestions for where to get …

U.S. House of Representatives

Battle of the Bulge-Greatest Tank Battle Ever

Here are 6 times American tank units found themselves massively fighting it out with enemy armor:<p>1. Battle of the Bulge<p>Photo: US Army Sgt. Bill …

Military History

All Signs Show the Market Is Overvalued. What's an Investor to Do?

The first step: Keep calm and invest.<p><i>Vitaliy Katsenelson is chief investment officer at Investment Management Associates Inc. (IMA), a</i> …


Upsala (mansion) - American Revolutionary War Forums

Upsala is a historic mansion in Mount Airy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania that was the site of an American concentration of forces during the Battle of …

American Revolution

Sophia Coppola’s Blatant Erasure of Black Women in The Beguiled Highlights How White Women Are Complicit in White Supremacy

It’s been quite a busy couple of months for white women. After 53 percent of them handed Trump the election at the conclusion of 2016, they have …

White Supremacism

South Korea marks outbreak of Korean War amid tensions

South Korea has marked the outbreak of the Korean War 67 years ago by holding several events in the capital Seoul

Korean War

Top 10 Things Americans Get Wrong About Their Own History

Here in America, we think we know our stuff. But it turns out that there are a few things most people get wrong about US history. From the settling …


Kennesaw Mountain

Field Order No. 28<p>With a View towards Atlanta<p>Kolb's Farm<p>Artillery at Kennesaw Mountain<p>Fifteenth Corps Attack<p>Confederate Earthworks<p>Entrenched<p>Thomas' …

American Civil War

The “Mayor of Washington” and the Unexpected Portrait

The story of Representative Mary Norton’s portrait commemorating her stint as “Mayor of Washington” reflects Norton’s guiding ethos throughout her …


LIFE in Korea: Rare and Classic Photos From the 'Forgotten War'

Not published in LIFE. An American serving in Korea, 1952.<br>Michael Rougier—Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images<p>1 of 17<p>In Korea, it's known as the "6-2-5 …

Korean War

The War on Work—and How to End It

In 1967, 95 percent of “prime-age” men between the ages of 25 and 54 worked. During the Great Recession, though, the share of jobless prime-age males …

Social Justice

Chained and Tried: The Fate of the Loyalist Prisoners from Kettle Creek

With his men in tow, Loyalist Colonel John Boyd wandered through the Carolina backcountry with the goal of reaching the British army in Georgia. Yet, …

American Civil War

How an electrician’s visit led to the discovery of Toronto’s oldest home

The owner of a small house in east-end Toronto just wanted some electrical work done. But the visit led to the discovery that he lived in the city's …

War Of 1812

Northern Virginia's vineyards shine

Virginia isn’t the most ideal state for producing wine, but that has stopped few from trying. Even Thomas Jefferson labored for decades to grow multiple grape varieties at his Monticello estate, never producing even one bottle. And while the founding father’s unwavering persistence ultimately …

American Civil War

Letter to Andy Stroud from Nina Simone

TopicAfrican AmericanAfricaCorrespondenceFamiliesMusiciansTravel<p>Data SourceNational Museum of African American History and Culture<p>RightsNo Known …


Are We In a New Cold War?

Some 330 U.S. Marines will be stationed in Norway until the end of next year, drawing a warning from Moscow.

World News

The Making of an Antislavery President

On September 18, 1858, Abraham Lincoln avowed that “I am not, nor ever have been, in favor of bringing about in any way the social and political …


A Noose at the Smithsonian Brings History Back to Life

The person who recently left a noose at the National Museum of African American History and Culture clearly intended to intimidate, by deploying one of the most feared symbols in American racial history. Instead, the vandal unintentionally offered a contemporary reminder of one theme of the black …

Black History

Why neither North Korea nor the United States want all-out war

<b>(CNN) —</b> It's been a tense six months on the Korean Peninsula and many North Korea watchers believe the situation is dangerous.<p>But it hasn't reached the brink yet, and that's likely because US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and their respective advisers are aware of the …

Korean War

Why Can’t American Lawmakers Pass Gun Control?

Some lawmakers present at the baseball field attack called for looser gun regulations.


Tracing Your Roots: Is My Family’s Big Secret Presidential?

A reader wonders if she could be related to Andrew Jackson through one of his slaves.<p><b>Dear Professor Gates:</b><p><i>The story goes that my great-grandmother</i> …


The Russians Aren’t Under the Bed, They’re Under the Covers

POTUS and the PM are so focused on their political survival they’ve lost sight of a massive threat to their nations’ security and sovereignty.<p>LONDON—Was there ever a period with so much news, so much noise, in our two countries? In Washington, a never-ending real world soap opera focused on one …