Albert Bierstadt's

From Yosemite to Bears Ears, Erasing Native Americans From U.S. National Parks

150 years after Yosemite opened to the public, the park's indigenous inhabitants are still struggling for recognition.

Teaching Hard History

A new study suggests that high school students lack a basic knowledge of the role slavery played in shaping the United States.
The controversial statue of John C. Calhoun stands in Marion Park in downtown Charleston, SC.

Black Charleston and the Battle Over Confederate Statues

The debate over a Charleston monument to John Calhoun exemplifies the problems of contextualizing Confederate monuments.

Everyone Was Wrong About the Real 'Rosie the Riveter’ for Decades

Here's how the mystery of her true identity was solved.
A re-enactment of the Battle of Appomattox Court House on April 9, 2015 in Appomattox, Virginia.

Inside the Weird World of Historical Re-enactors

From Civil War uniforms to Viking smelts, meet the people who bring history to life.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks to reporters during a march en route to Jackson, Mississippi, June 11, 1966.

Restoring King

There is no figure in recent American history whose memory is more distorted than Martin Luther King Jr.

50 Years Later, It Feels Familiar: How America Fractured in 1968

Imagining what the year would have looked like in mobile push-alerts.
Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks at a New York City press conference for Clergy & Laymen Concerned About Vietnam, January 12, 1968. He announced the Poor People's March on Washington at this event.

Martin Luther King Jr. Spent the Last Year of His Life Detested by the Liberal Establishment

King was roundly denounced for his stances against the Vietnam War and injustices north of the Mason-Dixon line.
General Toussaint Louverture, best-known leader from the Haitian Revolution (1791-1804).

Why Haiti Should be at the Centre of the Age of Revolution

Haiti, not the US or France, was where the assertion of human rights reached its climax in the Age of Revolution.
Lincoln Memorial.

The Crumbling Monuments of the Age of Marble

The 20th century produced monuments to a false consensus—can the 21st century create a more representative commemorative sphere?
Astronaut John W. Young, prime crew command module pilot of the Apollo 10 lunar orbit mission, 1969.

R.I.P. Astronaut John Young, The First Man to Get Yelled at for Smuggling a Sandwich into Space

Remembering the life of astronaut John Young and the time he took an unauthorized corn beef sandwich into space.
A collection of books from the Basking Ridge Historical Society.

Writing History

On my transition from editor of terrible history books to a writer of mediocre ones.