Statue of Christopher Columbus in Providence, Rhode Island.

Recontextualizing the Ocean Blue

Italian Americans and the commemoration of Columbus.
United Daughters of the Confederacy members photographed in 1912.

The Confederacy’s ‘Living Monuments’

In helping create the myth of the “Lost Cause,” the United Daughters did a lot more than just build statues.
Filmmaker Ken Burns speaks onstage during the PBS Press tour 'Ken Burns's The Roosevelts: An Intimate History' (2014)

What’s So Bad About Ken Burns?

The modern historical profession's purpose has changed drastically in the past century.
Dylann Roof's mugshot

A Most American Terrorist

The Making Of Dylann Roof.
Bryan Stevenson speaking at TED in 2012.

Bryan Stevenson on Charleston and Our Real Problem with Race

"I don't believe slavery ended in 1865, I believe it just evolved."
Workers remove a statue of a statue of Confederate general Robert E. Lee from Robert E. Lee Park in Dallas, Texas, on September 14, 2017.

The Myth of Robert E. Lee And The "Good" Slave Owner

According to Lost Cause mythology, Lee was a benevolent slave owner who fought for states’ rights. His slaves said otherwise.
American combat helicopters during Operation Pershing, a search and destroy mission in South Vietnam (1967).

The Soldier Who Needed 'Nam

The story of one veteran who could never find peace—until he made Vietnam his home.
American napalm bombs exploding in fields south of Saigon during the Vietnam war.

Episode-by-Episode Reviews: "The Vietnam War"

Watching Ken Burns' latest epic with a historian who has written extensively about the war.
Poster for the PBS documentary

‘The Vietnam War’: Past All Reason

The new series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick is mesmerizing. But it doesn’t answer key questions about the Vietnam War.

Americans Aren't Just Divided Politically, They're Divided Over History Too

Underlying current debates, says Jill Lepore, are fundamental conflicts over the meanings of the past.
American youths stage a rally in November, 1965 in front of the White House.

Viet Guilt

Were the real prisoners of war the young Americans who never left home?
A New Orleans city worker measures the Jefferson Davis monument in New Orleans in preparation for removing it. (May 4, 2017)

Empty Pedestals

What should be done with civic monuments to the Confederacy and its leaders?