Workers work to remove a monument to Robert E. Lee in Dallas, TX. Marking a shift in historical memory of the Civil War.

History is Not There to be Liked: On Historical Memory, Real and Fake

Historians have the uncomfortable role of shattering people’s memories.

Is 2016 the Worst Year in History?

Is 2016 worse than 1348? And 1836? And 1919?
Suffragists protesting at the White House (1917).

Men Write History, But Women Live It

The people who make it past 100, who watch the most history unfold, are almost all women.
President William Howard Taft. Weighing in at more than 350 pounds, he was once rumored to have gotten stuck in a White House bathtub.

William Howard Taft Is Still Stuck in the Tub

Our heaviest president, born this day in 1857, loved the bath. But it didn’t take six men to wrest his body from it.
A march to New York's City Hall during the shirtwaist strike to demand an end to abuse by police. Dec. 3, 1909.

The History of National Women's History Month

The celebratory month has its roots in the socialist and labor movements.
A banner follows a plane over Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina, during a protest by the Sons of Confederate Veterans (May 12, 2007).

Guardians of White Innocence

The Sons of Confederate Veterans want to convince Americans that Southern heritage isn’t about slavery. Is it a lost cause?
The front entrance of Madison Central High School in Madison, Mississippi, 2009.

Why Students Are Ignorant About The Civil Rights Movement

Mississippi’s outdated textbooks teach an abbreviated version of civil rights, undermining the state’s new ‘innovative’ standards.
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Everyone Needs to See The Roots' Schoolhouse Rock-Style Slavery Lesson From 'Black-ish'

"I'm Just a Slave" is a necessary song about Juneteenth.
The cover of

Pour One Out for Ulysses S. Grant

His presidency was known for corruption, scandal, and booze. In a new book, Ron Chernow attempts to rehabilitate it.
Data from: CBS News Poll, February 2000; New York Times Poll, June 2000. YouGov/Economist Poll, February 2018.

Democrats and Republicans Are Increasingly Divided On the Value of Teaching Black History

Partisanship is much more polarized by racial attitudes than it was 20 years ago.
Slave pen, Alexandria, VA. Photo ca. 1861-1869.

When Emancipation Finally Came, Slave Markets Took on a Redemptive Purpose

During the Civil War, slave pens held captive Confederate soldiers. After, they became rallying points for a newly empowered community.
Woman trying VR technology in Stockholm, Sweden (2017).

The Future of History Lessons is a VR Headset

A conversation with the creator of a virtual reality experience that takes you inside the protests leading up to MLK Jr.’s death.