Lincoln Memorial.

The Crumbling Monuments of the Age of Marble

The 20th century produced monuments to a false consensus—can the 21st century create a more representative commemorative sphere?
Astronaut John W. Young, prime crew command module pilot of the Apollo 10 lunar orbit mission, 1969.

R.I.P. Astronaut John Young, The First Man to Get Yelled at for Smuggling a Sandwich into Space

Remembering the life of astronaut John Young and the time he took an unauthorized corn beef sandwich into space.
A collection of books from the Basking Ridge Historical Society.

Writing History

On my transition from editor of terrible history books to a writer of mediocre ones.
A photographer bleeding from a head wound given to him by police during the protests in Grant Park outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention. August 28, 1968.

1968’s Chaos: The Assassinations, Riots and Protests that Defined Our World

On the 50th anniversary of that extraordinary year, historians consider 1968’s meaning and global context.
Columbus Circle at night.

Columbus Circle Without Columbus?

New York's statue debate hits Italian-Americans hard.
President Donald Trump attends a Hanukkah Reception in the East Room of the White House, December 7, 2017.

Was 2017 the Craziest Year in U.S. Political History?

A dozen historians weigh in.
The exterior of the newly dedicated Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Jackson, Mississippi.

The New Mississippi Civil Rights Museum Refuses to Sugarcoat History

Our critic visits a museum whose story is unfolding, from 1960s Jackson to Charlottesville. It leaves us upset —and that’s good.
Boston Founders Memorial. In the scene William Blackstone, the first settler of Boston, is greeting John Winthrop, the first governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Native Americans watch the scene.

Statues, National Monuments, and Settler-Colonialism

Connections between public history and policy in the wake of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante.
Girl at Gee's Bend, Alabama, 1937

An Intimate History of America

A reminder of history's proximity is prompted by a visit to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Will the Real Pocahontas Please Stand Up?

We might be better off if we knew a little more – or a little less – about her actual life.
Peggy Noonan speaking in Phoenix, Arizona, October 14, 2016.

Peggy Noonan’s Willful Blindness

Her latest column suggests that harassment is a product of the sexual revolution. She can’t possibly believe that.
Statue of Carl Schurz, New York City.

What to Do with Monuments Whose History We’ve Forgotten

Few who are memorialized in stone could fully pass moral muster today. Is that a problem?