Holocaust survivor Irene Katz.

America’s Dangerously Shallow Understanding of the Holocaust

It’s treated as an all-purpose symbol of evil, not a series of historical events to be reckoned with.
Statue of Robert E. Lee in Richmond, VA.

What Richmond Has Gotten Right About Interpreting its Confederate History

Why hasn't Richmond faced the same controversies as New Orleans or Charlottesville?

A Case for Reparations at the University of Chicago

What does the institution owe the descendants of slaves?
American soldier keeps an eye out for enemy fighters on rooftops during an operation August 15, 2004 in Najaf, Iraq.

Memorial Day and Our African American Dead

Are we honoring all of our American heroes this Memorial Day?
Ex-slave Henry Robinson, 1937.

Is the Greatest Collection of Slave Narratives Tainted by Racism?

How Depression-Era racial dynamics may have shaped our understanding of antebellum enslaved life.
National Park Service Southeast Regional Director Stan Austin is given an official copy of the South Carolina State Senate Resolution honoring Reconstruction Era National Monument. (March 18, 2017)

Monumental Effort: Historians and the Creation of the National Monument to Reconstruction

Two historians weigh in on President Obama's move to designate a national monument to Reconstruction in South Carolina.
Wreaths lay at the base of the Lincoln Memorial on President's Day.

Looking Back to Lincoln

During the Great Depression, Americans found solace in history.
House at the Whitney Plantation.

Why America Needs a Slavery Museum

A wealthy white lawyer has spent 16 years and millions of dollars turning the Whitney Plantation into a memorial to the nation's past.

Columbia Unearths Its Ties to Slavery

A new report reveals the institution's complicity in the perpetuation of human bondage.
Portrait of Susan B. Anthony ca. 1855.

Susan B. Anthony, Pro-Life Heroine?

Behind a quiet house museum are anti-abortion activists with a mission: to claim America’s most famous historical feminist as their own.
Portrait of Frederick Douglass, 1855.

Frederick Douglass, Refugee

Throughout modern history, the millions forced to flee as refugees have felt Douglass' agony, and thought his thoughts.
British artillery in action during World War I.

Should America Have Entered World War I?

Would our world be different today if the United States of America had never entered the Great War?