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.
A color version of Simon van de Passe's portrait of Pocahontas (1616).

Twenty-Four Things You Should Know about Pocahontas

To begin with, her formal name was Amonute.
Workers work to remove a monument to Robert E. Lee in Dallas, TX. Marking a shift in historical memory of the Civil War.

History is Not There to be Liked: On Historical Memory, Real and Fake

Historians have the uncomfortable role of shattering people’s memories.

Is 2016 the Worst Year in History?

Is 2016 worse than 1348? And 1836? And 1919?
Suffragists protesting at the White House (1917).

Men Write History, But Women Live It

The people who make it past 100, who watch the most history unfold, are almost all women.
President William Howard Taft. Weighing in at more than 350 pounds, he was once rumored to have gotten stuck in a White House bathtub.

William Howard Taft Is Still Stuck in the Tub

Our heaviest president, born this day in 1857, loved the bath. But it didn’t take six men to wrest his body from it.
A march to New York's City Hall during the shirtwaist strike to demand an end to abuse by police. Dec. 3, 1909.

The History of National Women's History Month

The celebratory month has its roots in the socialist and labor movements.
A banner follows a plane over Darlington Raceway in Darlington, South Carolina, during a protest by the Sons of Confederate Veterans (May 12, 2007).

Guardians of White Innocence

The Sons of Confederate Veterans want to convince Americans that Southern heritage isn’t about slavery. Is it a lost cause?
The front entrance of Madison Central High School in Madison, Mississippi, 2009.

Why Students Are Ignorant About The Civil Rights Movement

Mississippi’s outdated textbooks teach an abbreviated version of civil rights, undermining the state’s new ‘innovative’ standards.
A screenshot from

Everyone Needs to See The Roots' Schoolhouse Rock-Style Slavery Lesson From 'Black-ish'

"I'm Just a Slave" is a necessary song about Juneteenth.
The cover of

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.