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.
The New Yorker
October 2, 2017
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.
February 28, 2018
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.
Jonathan W. White
February 26, 2018
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.
February 21, 2018
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