Retracing Du Bois’ Missteps
A historian probes the ‘tragedy’ of the famed scholar's failed WWI history.
February 22, 2018
Five Myths About World War I
The United States wasn't filled with isolationists, and it wasn't exactly neutral before 1917.
April 6, 2017
How One Amateur Historian Brought Us the Stories of African-Americans Who Knew Abraham Lincoln
Once John E. Washington started to dig, he found an incredible wealth of untapped knowledge about the 16th president.
February 20, 2018
How Does Trump Stack Up Against the Best — and Worst — Presidents?
How scholars of politics rate the presidents — including the current one.
Justin S. Vaughn
New York Times
February 19, 2018
The Ghosts of My Lai
In the hamlet where U.S. troops killed hundreds of civilians, survivors are ready to forgive the most infamous American soldier.
January 6, 2018
The Women Behind White Power
The history of the nation’s racism lets its most effective foot soldiers off the hook.
Elizabeth Gillespie McRae
New York Times
February 2, 2018
The Impossibility of Knowing Mark Twain
Even Twain's own autobiography cannot reveal the whole truth of the literary legend.
The Paris Review
January 9, 2018
Abraham Lincoln's Secret Visits to Slaves
Former slaves claimed the president came to plantations disguised as a beggar or a peddler, telling them they’d soon be free.
William R. Black
February 12, 2018
History in the Face of Catastrophe
After my son died, how could I know anything for certain?
The Chronicle of Higher Education
February 4, 2018
Again with the History
Were the founders really warning us about Trump, or were they just playing politics, too?
February 6, 2018
On Eve of Trump Visit, Mississippi African Americans Say He’s Brought Back Past Troubles
The president’s decision to attend the opening of a new civil rights museum in Jackson has sparked protests.
December 7, 2017
Slavery and the American University
Determined researchers are finally drawing the lines between higher education and America's original sin.
New York Review of Books
February 7, 2018