A statue of Robert E. Lee stands in Charlottesville's Emancipation Park a day after violent protests broke out in response to a vote to remove the statue (August 13, 2017).

Why We Need Confederate Monuments

They force us to remember the worst parts of our history.
Students of the University of Virginia pose as house guests in 1930 outside Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson.

Jefferson’s Monticello Finally Gives Sally Hemings Her Place in Presidential History

New exhibits put slavery at the center of Monticello's story, and make it clear that Jefferson was the father of Hemings' children.
 A Confederate flag supporter arrives at the South Carolina Statehouse in 2017.

We Don’t Need a TV Show About the Confederacy Winning. In Many Ways, it Did.

HBO's “Confederate” assumes America is much further from its slaveholding past than it really is.
University of Maryland historian Ira Berlin.

Ira Berlin, Transformative Historian of Slavery in America, Dies at 77

He “put the history of slavery at the center of our understanding of American history.”
Two men raise a Confederate battle flag on the South Carolina Statehouse grounds July 10, 2017.

The South Rises Yet Again, This Time on HBO

In a world where Confederate flags continue to fly, it is hard not to cry “enough” at this continued emphasis on all-things-Confederate.
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Crispus Attucks, American Revolutionary Hero

An interview with the author of "First Martyr of Liberty: Crispus Attucks in American Memory."
Geronimo, sometime between 1881 and 1885.

Geronimo: The Warrior

Edward Rielly tells of the tragic massacre which underpinned the life of resistance fighter Geronimo.

Bellatrix and the American Revolution

240 years after the American Revolution, debates over how to interpret the conflict and its leaders continue.
A white landowner overseeing black cotton pickers at work on a plantation in the southern USA, circa 1875.

The Persistence of Whitewashing

How can Americans have such different memories of slavery?
Olivia Hooker, 103, is believed to be the last surviving witness to theTulsa Race Riot of 1921.

Meet The Last Surviving Witness to the Tulsa Race Riot of 1921

Olivia Hooker was 6 at the time of the riot, considered to be one of the worst incidents of racial violence in U.S. history.
The president's residence at Washington and Lee University, which first housed Robert E. Lee in 1868.

Washington and Lee Confronts Its History

When a college is named for two slave owners, one of whom was a Confederate hero, history is complicated.
An 1826 portrait of President John Quincy Adams.

The Revival of John Quincy Adams

The sixth president, long derided as a hapless elitist, is suddenly relevant again 250 years after his birth.