Thomas Jefferson (right), Benjamin Franklin (left), and John Adams (center) meet at Jefferson's lodgings, on the corner of Seventh and High (Market) streets in Philadelphia, to review a draft of the Declaration of Independence.

Was the Declaration of Independence Signed on July 4?

How memory plays tricks with history.
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.

Our Silent Civil War: Debate Over Statues Didn't Come out of Thin Air

In history, suppressed memories, stories half-told or lied about, carry greater power for having been suppressed.
Poster for the PBS documentary

Making History Safe Again: What Ken Burns Gets Wrong About Vietnam

Vietnam was not a "tragic misunderstanding" but a campaign of "imperial aggression."
In Brighton, Alabama, a rare marker notes a lynching that took place in 1908. Of the more than 4,000 lynchings on record, only about a dozen have been memorialized with public markers.

Uncovering Hidden History on the Road to Clanton

Documentary filmmaker Lance Warren interrogates the silence around lynching in the American South.
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Is Ron Chernow's Ulysses S. Grant biography "OK"?

On October 15th, a tweet by Bunk contributing editor Kevin Levin touched off this fascinating exchange between several historians on the subject of popular history. Among the topics it covered were novelty, craft, context... and the musical Hamilton.
John Oliver of HBO's Last Week Tonight discusses the history of the Confederacy.

Confederacy: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

John Oliver reflects on the history of Confederate monuments.

Now More Than Ever, We Need Less History

The “now more than ever” tendency is everywhere.

Myth of Black Confederates Won't Go Away

Two South Carolina lawmakers dust off a familiar trope in an attempt to fight back against Confederate monument removals.
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The Ken Burns Vietnam War Documentary Glosses Over Devastating Civilian Toll

The PBS series by Burns focuses on soldiers' stories, with scant attention to the immense number of Vietnamese civilians who suffered and died.
Rendering of planned Memorial to Peace and Justice.

Hanged, Burned, Shot, Drowned, Beaten

In a region where symbols of the Confederacy are ubiquitous, an unprecedented memorial takes shape.
Ronald Reagan signs the bill commemorating Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a national holiday in 1983.

The Sanitizing of Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks

An interview with political scientist Jeanne Theoharis about the uses and abuses of civil rights heroes.
Christopher Columbus lands on Watling Island and meets the natives, while three of his shipmates erect a cross (1492)

How Columbus Day Fell Victim to Its Own Success

It's worth remembering that the now-controversial holiday started as a way to empower immigrants and celebrate American diversity.