Historian Eric Foner speaks at

Slavery and Freedom

Eric Foner, Walter Johnson, Thavolia Glymph, and Annette Gordon-Reed discuss trends in the study of slavery and emancipation.
Irish immigrant memorial in Toronto, Canada.

No, the Irish Were Not Slaves Too

Historian Liam Hogan has spent the last six years debunking the Irish slave myth.
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.