Henry Ford.

Henry Ford, the Wayside Inn, and the Problem of 'History Is Bunk'

Debunking the quotation that inspired our name.
People's Army of Vietnam soldier, ca. 1966.

The First Time I Met Americans

Before becoming a novelist, I spent six years at war. Years later, I came to America and finally met my old enemies.

World War I Relived Day by Day

Reflections on live-tweeting the Great War.
Sheep graze among the craters and regrown woods on the World War I battleground at Vimy Ridge, France.

The Fading Battlefields of World War I

A collection of photographs that show nature retaking the battle-ravaged land along the Great War's Western Front.

The Limits of Liberal History

You can’t tell the story of America without the story of labor.
An 1876 portrait of Thomas Paine, based on a 1792 original.

Capitol Hill Needs Thomas Paine Memorial

Why is there still no memorial to Paine, the immigrant whose writing galvanized the American Revolution?
Untitled (2011), by Gwynne Johnson from This Doubtful Paradise, archival pigment print. Courtesy of the artist

Reading the Soil

On the job with a pair of men who dig up bodies for a living.

What Do We Do With Our Dead?

Our mortuary conventions reveal a lot about our relation to the past.
Cicero accusing Catiline of conspiracy before the Roman Senate, 63 BC, by Cesare Maccari, 1889.

Rome's Heroes and America's Founding Fathers

Why the statesmen of the Roman Republic had such an influence on the patriots of the Revolutionary era.
World War I soldiers. (1918)

The Great War’s Great Price

Revisiting the wreckage on the centenary of the armistice.
The flag that flew over Fort McHenry when American troops were under attack by the British in 1814, inspiring Francis Scott Key to compose the hymn that became the national anthem.

History for a Post-Fact America

A review of Jill Lepore's new book, which she has called the most ambitious single-volume American history written in generations.
A stack of books, including biographies of John Adams and Ulysses S. Grant.

Arguing Biography

An university press editor considers the merits and limitations of biography as a scholarly form.