H. K. Edgerton stands in front of the Confederate Monument in Kentucky 
as he recites the poem

How the Myth of Black Confederates Was Born

And how a handful of black Southerners helped perpetuate it after the Civil War.
Overcrowding of families observed by OIG on June 10, 2019, at Border Patrol's McAllen, TX, station.

It Can Happen Here

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s decision to speak out against Holocaust analogies is a moral threat.
Chicago, 1919.

Considering History: Racial Terrorism and the Red Summer of 1919

The Red Summer represented one of the darkest and bloodiest moments in American history.
Two Civil War Veterans at the 1913 Veterans Reunion at Gettysburg.

The Times Are A Changin’

Reports of the death of nuanced interpretations of the Civil War have been grossly exaggerated.
“Genseric’s Invasion of Rome” by Karl Bryullov (1833-1836).

The False Narratives of the Fall of Rome Mapped Onto America

Gravely inaccurate 19th-century depictions of the destruction of Rome are used to illustrate parallels between Rome and the U.S.
Jason Hewitt, a historical interpreter, leads a tour at the Owens-Thomas House in Savannah, Ga. on August 19, 2018.

Enslaved People Lived Here. These Museums Want You to Know.

Tours of historic houses in the South used to focus on the fine furniture and design. Now, some are talking about who built them.
Slaves of General Thomas F. Drayton, 1862.

How Right-Wing Talking Points Distort the History of Slavery

As we debate reparations, we need to get the facts right.
Charles de Steuben's

How to Fight 8chan Medievalism—and Why We Must

White supremacists are co-opting the Middle Ages. Fighting back requires us to tell better, fuller stories about the period.

It Isn’t Independence Day For Everyone

If the British had won the Revolutionary War, things might be very different for Native Americans.
Section of “Life of Washington” by Victor Arnautoff.

San Francisco Will Spend $600,000 to Erase History

The school board has voted to destroy public murals by a New Deal-era Communist.
The New York City Pride Parade passes the Stonewall Inn, June 24, 2018.

Stonewall's Legacy and Kwame Anthony Appiah's Misuse of History

The New York Times should have done a better job fact-checking Appiah’s essay. Philosophy may be allegorical. History isn’t.
John Russell Pope's proposal for a pyramid-style monument to Abraham Lincoln with portico entrances on each side.

The Lincoln Memorial as a Pyramid? That Wasn’t the Craziest Idea Pitched a Century Ago

Congress had the final say on the design for the slain president’s monument. The competition was intense.