A statue of midcentury Paraguayan dictator Alfredo Stroessner artistically transformed by Carlos Colombino.

Dismantled But Not Destroyed

One alternative to tearing down Confederate monuments: creatively repurposing them.
Harvard University's Lowell House, named after former Harvard President Abbott Lawrence Lowell (August 28, 2010).

By Retiring a Seal, Harvard Wages War on the Dead — but to What End?

Rather than censuring the legacies of our ancestors, we should work to make our descendants proud.
A depiction of a slave woman with a baby on the Confederate Monument at Arlington National Cemetery.

The Pernicious Myth of the ‘Loyal Slave’ Lives on in Confederate Memorials

Statues don’t need to venerate military leaders of the Civil War to promulgate false narratives.
A nineteenth century engraving depicting a battle from the Pequot War.

America's Other Original Sin

Europeans didn’t just displace Native Americans — they enslaved them, on a scale historians are only beginning to fathom.
B-29 pilot Capt. John D. Fleming prepares to take off for a bombardment of the Japanese city Wakayama in WWII.

What Was the Confederate Flag Doing in Cuba, Vietnam, and Iraq?

The Confederate flag’s military tenure continued long after the Civil War ended.
A protest at the South Carolina State House against the removal of the Confederate flag.

The Confederate Flag Largely Disappeared after the Civil War

The fight against civil rights brought it back.
Bill O'Reilly, March 23, 2015.

Bill O’Reilly Is America’s Best-Selling Historian

And other problems we need to solve before we can get out of this mess.
Ruins seen from the Circular Church, Charleston, S.C., 1865.

How Charleston Celebrated Its Last July 4 Before the Civil War

As the South Carolina city prepared to break from the Union, its people swung between nostalgia and rebellion.
Sarah Vowell

Sarah Vowell's The Wordy Shipmates: The Problem With Popularization

Making history more appealing to the public may come at a cost.
Slaves of General Thomas F. Drayton, 1862.

American Slavery: Separating Fact From Myth

Before we can face slavery, learn about it and acknowledge its significance to American history, we must dispel the myths surrounding it.
Ku Klux Klan members parade in Northern Virginia, 1922.

The Birth of the Ku Klux Brand

A new book re-traces the origins of the 19th-century KKK, which began as a social club before swiftly moving to murder.
Ben Horowitz speaks at the Tech:Crunch Disrupt SF 2012 Conference.

The Poverty of Entrepreneurship: The Silicon Valley Theory of History

How Silicon Valley coopts history for its own autocratic ends.