The Troubling History of the Fight to Honor Leif Erikson—Not Columbus—as the Man Who 'Discovered America'

It wasn't simply a matter of getting the history right.
Two people sitting in camping cabin.

How to Live ‘Amid the Silence of the Woods,' According to America’s First Camping Guide

The history of camping in the U.S. starts in the Adirondacks, with a guidebook that became an instant bestseller.
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What It Means to Be a 'Good' Father in America Has Changed. Here's How.

"I think the key change for the invention of the modern father is in the 1920s," says historian Robert L. Griswold.

How the Nazi Regime's Pink Triangle Symbol Was Repurposed for LGBTQ Pride

The symbol was born from a dark time in history.

A History of Student Walkouts

Student walkouts have changed American history before. Here's how.

Chester A. Arthur Is the Most Forgotten President in U.S. History

That's the conclusion of a psychology study published in the journal Sciece.

Roe v. Wade Lawyer 'Amazed' Americans Still Fighting Over Abortion

On the 45th anniversary of the famous decision, Sarah Weddington reflects on what has – and hasn't – changed.

Here's What Benjamin Franklin Scholars Think About Lin-Manuel Miranda's Ode to the Inventor

Fact-checking the lyrics of Miranda's new song.
AIDS Memorial Quilt on display on the Mall in Washington, DC in 1987.

'We Need a Day.' Meet the Man Who Helped Create World AIDS Day

A conversation with the man behind World AIDS Day.
Baseball card featuring Clem Daniels.

This Football Player Fought for Civil Rights in the '60s

Here's what he thinks about national anthem protests.

The Woman Who Helped Change How Hurricanes Are Named

For decades, only female names were used.

How Texas Rebuilt After the Deadliest Hurricane in U.S. History

The 12-year process of creating a "new normal" in Galveston.

Think This Solar Eclipse Is Getting a Lot of Hype? You Should Have Seen 1878

The darkness of the eclipse lit up American minds more than a century ago.

Comparing Truman's Hiroshima Statement to Trump's North Korea Ultimatum

What to know before equating "fire and fury" to the "rain of ruin."
Barry Goldwater with his finger to his lips sushing the audience.

Why the 'Goldwater Rule' Keeps Psychiatrists From Diagnosing at a Distance

Here's what to know about the man behind the longstanding rule.

Ahead of a Major Supreme Court Case on Gerrymandering, Here Are the Term's Origins

The word is two centuries old.

What the Guys Who Coined '420' Think About Their Place in Marijuana History

And how the term came to be code for pot-smoking in the first place.

Why Federal Employees Can Thank FDR for Some Restrictions on Their Tweets

The Hatch Act was crafted in response to New Deal-era political maneuvering.