America’s Original Sin

Slavery and the legacy of white supremacy.

3 Reasons the American Revolution Was a Mistake

Washington changed the world forever when he crossed the Delaware—for the worse.
The colonies of Barbados and Jamaica were the major centers of the British American trade, where slaves from Africa were reshipped to many locations in North, South, and Central America.

Beyond the Middle Passage

Intra-American trafficking magnified slavery’s impact.
The Pepsi-Cola sign in Long Island City, seen from Midtown Manhattan, was designated a city landmark on April 12, 2016.

Nostalgia’s Blurring Glow

Among urbanists, there has been a growing and rather emotional fascination with old corporate signage.
John Trumbull's

Ages of Revolution: How Old Were the Early American Leaders on July 4, 1776?

They have shaped America, but how old were they on Independence Day?
A political cartoon mocking President Grover Cleveland's free trade policies portrays him trimming away the hedge of protective tariffs (1888).

Can History Avoid Conspiracy?

Historians still lack a good way to define, discuss, and address historical actions that appear to be "conspiracies."
Circus poster showing the

Why Is History Always About Humans?

As historians turn their attention to animals, they are shedding new light on what it means to be human.

Making History Go Viral

Historians used the Twitter thread to add context and accuracy to the news cycle in 2018. Here’s how they did it.

How Would You Draw History?

When cracks start to appear in the world order, the old textbook timeline just won’t do.
Across Germany and now in other parts of Europe, there has been an

Infrastructures of Memory

It is not just what is remembered that is important, but how it is remembered.
 A fish-eye view of the exterior of the cyclorama inside the rotunda of the new Atlanta History Center building.

Atlanta's Famed Cyclorama Mural Will Tell the Truth About the Civil War Once Again

One of the war's greatest battles was fought again and again on a spectacular canvas nearly 400 feet long. At last, the real history is being restored.
Frederick Douglass mural on the ‘Solidarity Wall,’ Belfast.

Frederick Douglass Forum

An online forum on the life and legacy of Frederick Douglass.