A photo taken by Ronald Haeberle in My Lai on the morning of March 16th, 1968.

At My Lai: The Photographer Who Captured the Massacre

During the Vietnam War, Ron Haeberle documented the murder of civilians by U.S. troops. Fifty years later, he talks with FOTO .
KKK members march at the funeral of a police officer in Madison, Wisconsin on December 2, 1924. The photo has been widely identified – mistakenly – as depicting a march at the 1924 Democratic National Convention in New York City.

How Social Media Spread a Historical Lie

A mix of journalistic mistakes and partisan hackery advanced a pernicious lie about Democrats and the Klan.
Published in 1950,

'The Teacher Would Suddenly Yell "Drop!"'

The duck-and-cover school exercises from the nuclear era are being invoked as a parallel to active shooter drills.

Exit Through the Gift Shop

How do museum gift shops at Civil War sites shape historical memory?
A statue of Winston Churchill overlooks Parliament, London.

In Winston Churchill, Hollywood Rewards a Mass Murderer

Are a few bombastic speeches really enough to wash the bloodstains off Churchill’s racist hands?
In a full-issue article on Australia that ran in 1916, Aboriginal Australians were called “savages” who “rank lowest in intelligence of all human beings.”

For Decades, Our Coverage Was Racist. To Rise Above Our Past, We Must Acknowledge It

We asked a preeminent historian to investigate our coverage of people of color in the U.S. and abroad. Here’s what he found.
A sculpture of John H. Reagan, Postmaster General of the Confederacy, at University of Texas, installed in 1933 and removed in 2017.

On Statues, History, and Historians

A case study from Texas in how Lost Cause mythology was promoted and reified.
Detail from the cover of

Pushing the Dual Emancipation Thesis Beyond its Troublesome Origins

"Masterless Men" shows how poor whites benefited from slavery's end, but does not diminish the experiences of the enslaved.
Rebecca Latimer Felton, born 1835.

Interviews With Elderly People in 1929

The footage offers a riveting account of American history, in the voices of those who lived it.

The Internet Isn’t Forever

When an online news outlet goes out of business, its archives can disappear as well. The new battle over journalism’s digital legacy.
Sylvia Plath, one of the many accomplished women whose deaths did not occasion obituaries in The New York Times. (1959)

Women We Overlooked in 167 Years of New York Times Obituaries

Sylvia Plath. Charlotte Brontë. Ida B. Wells. They and so many others did not have obituaries in The New York Times. Until now.
In this interactive chart, each dot represents one trade history book that was either published or made the New York Times Combined Print & E-Book Nonfiction best-seller list in 2015.

Is History Written About Men, by Men?

A careful study of recent popular history books reveals a genre dominated by generals, presidents—and male authors.