A 19th century engraving of Thomas Jefferson.

Jefferson: Hero or Villain? It’s Complicated.

An interview with Annette Gordon-Reed and Peter S. Onuf.
A drawing of the Battle of Little Bighorn, 1881. Created by the Oglala Sioux warrior Red Horse.

History of Survivance: Upper Midwest 19th-Century Native American Narratives

A series of objects of both Native and non-Native origin that tell a story of extraordinary culture disruption.
Ben Carson speaking at the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Maryland.

Ben Carson, Donald Trump, and the Misuse of American History

The eliding of the ugliness of America's racial history is neither novel nor particularly surprising.
Lewis Hine photographed child laborers c. 1910 for the US government, and this is one of those photographs. This picture is often falsely identified as portraying Irish slaves.

Debunking a Myth: The Irish Were Not Slaves, Too

This article debunks the fabricated narrative of the Irish slaves who built America.
Stonewall Jackson, Monument Ave., Richmond, VA.

Confederate or Not, Which Monuments Should Stay or Go? We Asked, You Answered.

We asked about monuments in your home town. Here's what you said.
Aerial view of Oklahoma City's Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, just days after its bombing by Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols in April 1995.

The History of White Power

Twenty-three years after the Oklahoma City bombing, why are we still surprised by the movement’s strength?
An 1869 painting of Abraham Lincoln by George Peter Alexander Healy. Lincoln is usually at the top of polls ranking the presidents.

The Greatest Presidents

Historians agree on the top three. Below that, there are fascinating trends in opinion.
NYC Parks Dept. workers prepare to remove the statue of Dr. James Marion Sims from Central Park, April 17, 2018.

NYC Will Move—But Not Remove—Statue of Gynecologist Who Experimented on Slaves

Some say the decision to move the statue of Dr. J. Marion Sims from Central Park to a Brooklyn cemetery is a "slap in the face."
Alfred Crosby, 1931-2018.

The Greatest American Historian You've Never Heard Of

An appreciation of Alfred Crosby, who coined the term "Columbian exchange."
Auschwitz exhibit at Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial (2005).

The NYT Says We’re Forgetting About the Holocaust

History suggests otherwise.
A 1796 runaway slave advertisement seeking Oney Judge, who escaped from George Washington's household.

In Search of the Slave Who Defied George Washington

A new book tells the story of Ona Judge, the fugitive from Mt. Vernon who was the subject of Washington's 'relentless pursuit.'
Calhoun College at Yale University

When to Rename a Building, and Why: Yale Adopts a New Approach

Yale adopts a new approach to deciding whether Calhoun College and other university properties need new names.