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.
A Confederate monument in New Orleans of General Robert E Lee.

Confederate History is American History

New Orleans shouldn't have removed its Robert E. Lee statue.

How Robert E. Lee Got Knocked Off His Pedestal

Before New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu made his celebrated speech, a grassroots movement forced the city to take down its monuments to white supremacy.

The Weeping Time

A forgotten history of the largest slave auction ever on American soil

The Myth of the Kindly General Lee

The legend of the Confederate leader’s heroism and decency is based in the fiction of a person who never existed.
New Orleans city worker wearing body armor and a face covering as he measures the Jefferson Davis monument on May 4, 2017 in New Orleans, LA.

The Battle for Memorial Day in New Orleans

A century and a half after the Civil War, Mayor Mitch Landrieu asked his city to reexamine its past — and to wrestle with hard truths.
Ruins of the Charleston, SC railroad station that hosted the first ever Memorial Day celebration.

Forgetting Why We Remember

A historian uncovers the surprising origins of Memorial Day in the ashes of the Civil War south.
LBJ, JFK, Jackie Kennedy, and others watch the flight of Astronaut Alan Shepard on TV in 1961.

Trying to Remember J.F.K.

On the centenary of his birth, seeking the man behind the myth.
Trump supporters at a rally in Phoenix.

American History: Fake News That Never Goes Away — and Empowered the Trumpian Insurrection

Only if we face the painful lies we tell ourselves about the past can we hope to overcome what's happening now.