A map of world happiness based on the World Happiness Report (2006).

Are Things Getting Better or Worse?

Why assessing the state of the world is harder than it sounds.
Violence during the

Charlottesville Was About Memory, Not Monuments

Why our history educations must be better.
‘Early Days.’ Detail of Frank Happersberger’s pioneer monument, San Francisco, California, 1894.

Think Confederate Monuments Are Racist? Consider Pioneer Monuments

Most early pioneer statues celebrated whites dominating American Indians.
Civil Wars reenactors make dresses (2014).

The Decline of the Civil War Re-enactor

The 155th anniversary Gettysburg re-enactment was a snapshot of a hobby with dwindling ranks.
A diagram of the Spencer repeating rifle, circa 1860.

From Spencer Rifles to M-16s: A History Of The Weapons US Troops Wield In War

Muzzleloaders have evolved into smart-style automatic firearms in just 150 years.
John Dunlap's initial printing of the Declaration of Independence, which was sent to George Washington by John Hancock,  circa July 4, 1776.

If Only Thomas Jefferson Could Settle the Issue

There is a typo in the Declaration of Independence.
Headstones with lighted candles are pictured at the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery and Memorial on November 11, 2017 in Eastern France.

The Lesson of the Great War

A century after the guns fell silent, the United States risks replicating the errors of the past.
General David Petraeus delivers a press briefing at the Pentagon on the status of the Iraq War, April 2007.

What Does It Mean to Give David Petraeus the Floor?

Some historians worry that giving the former general an invitation to keynote means giving him a pulpit.
Nothing like Madam Sacho: A 1904 image of a frontier militiaman fighting with a Mohawk warrior captures what people today and even during the Revolution expected to find when General Sullivan took the war to the Haudenosaunee. (Caption by National Endowment for the Humanities.)

Madam Sacho: How One Iroquois Woman Survived the American Revolution

George Washington gave orders to destroy towns and take prisoners in Sullivan’s Campaign, but her story lives on.
The first panel of Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series (1941).

Stop Calling it ‘The Great Migration’

For people of color watching over their shoulder, the fear of police interference harkens back to a historical moment with a much-too-benign label.
A statue honoring Confederate general John Hunt Morgan stands on the grounds of the former Fayette County Courthouse in Lexington, Kentucky (October 7, 2012).

Historian on ‘Confederate Kentucky’: Time to Remove the Statues

Although contextualism may sound like a good solution in theory, it is much less effective in practice.

Not Our Independence Day

The Founding Fathers were more interested in limiting democracy than securing and expanding it.