American History

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 55 – Personal Memoirs by Ulysses S Grant (1885)

The civil war general turned president was a reluctant author, but set the gold standard for presidential memoirs<p>According to Mark Twain, these are “the best [memoirs] of any general’s since Caesar”, but we have to take that verdict with a pinch of salt: Twain was also Grant’s publisher. As a …

Literature

This gardener is working to preserve George Washington’s last surviving trees

George Washington was supposed to have cut down a cherry tree — that was fake news, folks, because it is well documented that our first president loved trees. In the late 18th century at his Mount Vernon plantation, Washington supervised the planting of hundreds of trees — trees for shade, for …

Gardening

America Has Been Screwing Over Its Veterans Since the Revolutionary War - VICE

Jackie Kilby, an archives technician at the National Archives, was parsing old letters to the US State Department when a name caught her eye: Caleb Brewster, a key member of George Washington's Culper Spy Ring, recently made famous by the AMC show <i>Turn</i>. The Long Island sailor-turned-revolutionary's …

Veterans

This ingenious slave literally mailed himself to freedom

Henry ‘Box’ Brown was precious cargo indeed<p>On March 30, 1849, a group of white men in Philadelphia breathlessly opened a wooden crate, carefully …

History

Janelle Monáe on body language, black brilliance and space

We catch up with the singer as she makes a seamless transition into acting, starring in ‘Moonlight’ and also ‘Hidden Figures’, playing one of the women who helped make history in space<p>Janelle Monáe first seized our attention as an artist seemingly sent from space. A self-described android in her …

Janelle Monáe

Trump election has parallels to Andrew Jackson's presidency

AP Radio AP Radio News:<p>Latest News<p>NEW YORK (AP) -- It was an ugly, highly personal presidential election.<p>An unvarnished celebrity outsider who pledged to represent the forgotten laborer took on an intellectual member of the Washington establishment looking to extend a political dynasty in the White …

Andrew Jackson

What to Drink On President's Day

President-inspired beers are nothing new, but these days they tend to be more satirical or downright POTUS-bashing rather than celebratory. To …

Beer

For decades they hid Jefferson’s mistress — now Monticello is making room for Sally Hemings

<b>By Krissah Thompson</b>, <i>The Washington Post</i><p>CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — The room where historians believe Sally Hemings slept was just steps away from Thomas …

Denver

Visiting the Lincoln Memorial in the Trump era: 'There is a lot to fight for'

On the first President’s Day weekend of Donald Trump’s presidency, visitors reflect on the legacy of a president who guided the country through civil war<p>It was a cold, starless night. The illuminated statue of Abraham Lincoln, carved from marble 19ft high, gazed eastwards across the reflecting pool …

History

Blog Archive » How to move a painting the size of football field

For a brief window in the 1870s and 80s, cycloramas were all the rage in the United States. The trend began with large-scale panoramas in the late …

American Civil War

“As Large as Life”: Lafayette's Portrait

What becomes a military legend most? For the Marquis de Lafayette, dashing hero of the American Revolution, the portrait now in the House Chamber was …

History

Japanese American Incarceration Era Collection

History

What Abraham Lincoln Can Teach Donald Trump

The first Republican president offers lessons on how to adapt, communicate, deal with criticism and more.

Abraham Lincoln

Nationalism & Patriotism Distinction Hard to Explain, Defend

The distinction between nationalism and patriotism proves hard to explain or defend.<p>John O’Sullivan had a piece on the NRO homepage Thursday …

Democracy

Greece Rejected Gucci’s Request to Throw a Fashion Show Inside the Pantheon | Last Week in Art - Creators

<i>A lot went down last week in the weird and wild world of Art. Some things were more scandalous than others, some were just plain wacky—but all of them are worth knowing about. Without further ado:</i><p>+ Anish Kapoor is installing a massive land-locked whirlpool in Brooklyn that was commissioned by the …

Art

A Different Kind of Dystopian Novel

“On the morning after the election disbelief prevailed, especially among the pollsters.”<p>Yes, last November. I remember. But the line above is taken from Philip Roth’s “The Plot Against America” (2004), a novel in which the aviator hero Charles A. Lindbergh, after being elected president in 1940 …

Literature

“Headquarters of Tobacco-Tinctured Saliva”

For generations, chewing tobacco was immensely popular in the House of Representatives. Members of Congress chewed with gusto, and spat tobacco juice …

History

What the Best President Can Teach Us about the Worst

Lincoln’s real lessons.

History

Luxurious Citizens | Joanna Cohen

Luxurious Citizens<br>The Politics of Consumption in Nineteenth-Century America<p>Joanna Cohen<p>296 pages | 6 x 9 | 16 illus.<br>Cloth Feb 2017 | ISBN …

University of Chicago

Inside the Beltway: Long-lost Abe Lincoln letter priced at $80K

Just in time for Presidents Day: A previously unknown, newly discovered letter written by <b>Abraham Lincoln</b> a year before his death has been found …

Libertarian Party

Washington, Schlepped Here

This familiar portrait of George Washington hangs in the Rayburn Room of the Capitol. Its location seems to make perfect sense: the capital city …

George Washington

Photo Coverage: Students Head to HAMILTON for February #EduHam Matinee!

#EduHam is a series of HAMILTON Wednesday matinees made available to New York City schools with a high concentration of students from low-income …

Rhythm & Blues

Why the Nazis studied American race laws for inspiration

On 5 June 1934, about a year and half after Adolf Hitler became Chancellor of the Reich, the leading lawyers of Nazi Germany gathered at a meeting to plan what would become the Nuremberg Laws, the centrepiece anti-Jewish legislation of the Nazi race regime.<p>The meeting was an important one, and a …

History

How US history is taught around the world

The pervasiveness of American culture means that people around the world are constantly confronted with U.S. exports, whether through global …

Foreign Policy

Ona Judge Staines: The black woman who escaped from and outwitted George and Martha Washington

Armstrong Dunbar was interviewed recently by Ibram X. Kendi, associate editor of <i>Black Perspectives</i>, assistant professor of history at the University …

George Washington

A Brief History of America’s ‘Love-Hate Relationship’ With Immigration

Donald Trump’s restrictive plan is reminiscent of legislation from 100 years ago.<p>Donald Trump’s executive orders on immigration—banning travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries and casting a wide net on undocumented immigrants—have prompted nationwide protests and, in the case of the ban, …

Foreign Policy

Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America

• Overview<br>• Editorial Reviews<br>• Product Details<br>• Related Subjects<br>• Meet the author<p>Overview<p><b>WINNER OF THE NATIONAL BOOK AWARD IN NONFICTION</b><p>Americans like to …

Hidden Figures: How Nasa hired its first black women 'computers'

<b>The Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures tells the story of African-American women whose maths skills helped put a US astronaut into orbit in the 1960s. But the history of black women working for Nasa goes back much further - and they were still struggling to get the best jobs in the 1970s.</b><p>In 1943, …

NASA

President Trump's True Power Over the National Guard, Explained

The loopholes are there. It's a matter of if he uses them.<p>I am a Cavalryman, or at least I once was. In days gone by I commanded some of the men of the 7th Cavalry. We rode iron steeds, and my men were worthy successors to their historical forefathers. Of course everyone knows what happened to the …

History

Know Andrew Jackson and his story

When The Hermitage launched its new exhibit, “Born for a Storm,” we had no idea that another storm was coming. We might have guessed. It is Andrew …