The words that most frequently appeared in New York Times headlines in the 1940s.

A Brief History of the Past 100 Years, as Told Through the New York Times Archives

An analysis of 12 decades of New York Times headlines.
Civil rights activists Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King (1964).

“A More Beautiful and Terrible History” Corrects the Fables Told of the Civil Rights Movement

Jeneé Darden interviews Jeanne Theoharis about her most recent book, "A More Beautiful and Terrible History."

Historical Amnesias: An Interview with Paul Connerton

“The struggle of man against power is the struggle of memory against forgetting.”
A print depicting the surrender by General Lee to General Grant at Appomattox Court House in Virginia, April 9, 1865.

The Civil War Isn’t Over

More than 150 years after Appomattox, Americans are still fighting over the great issues at the heart of the conflict.
L-R: Martin Luther King, Jr., Attorney General Bobby Kennedy, NAACP Executive Director Roy Wilkins, and Vice President Lyndon Johnson, June 1963.

Misremembering 1968

Fifty years later, the legacies of Martin Luther King and Robert Kennedy still loom large.

The Vanishing Indians of “These Truths”

Jill Lepore's widely-praised history of the U.S. relies on the eventual exit of indigenous actors to make way for other dramas.
A woman dropping her teacup in horror upon discovering the monstrous contents of a magnified drop of Thames water; revealing the impurity of London drinking water. Colored etching by W. Heath, 1828.

What Does History Smell Like?

Scholars don't typically pay that much attention to smells, but odors have historically been quite significant.

Best American History Reads of 2018

Bunk's editor shares some of his favorite pieces from the year.
Veterans Memorial at Old North Church.

How Should We Memorialize Those Lost in the War on Terror?

Americans have erected countless monuments to past wars. But how do we pay tribute to the fallen in a conflict that may never end?
Negative of a portrait of Frederick Douglass (bet. 1865 and 1880).

David Blight on Frederick Douglass, Abolition, and Memory

An interview with David Blight about his new book on Douglass, memory and tragedy, autobiography, and why history still matters.
Three men posing in the uniform of the Grand Army of the Republic, a fraternal organization composed of Union veterans of the Civil War (ca. 1892).

The Grave and the Gay: The Civil War on the Gilded Age Lecture Circuit

In the years after the Civil War, lecturers like E. L. Allen regaled audiences with heartwarming and dramatic tales of battle.

How Peter Jackson Made WWI Footage Seem Astonishingly New

The director restored archival combat film to pristine clarity for “They Shall Not Grow Old.”