Former President Barack Obama speaks near a rendering for his lakefront presidential center at a community event held in Chicago, May 3, 2017.

The Obama Presidential Library That Isn’t

The Obama Presidential Center in Chicago won’t include a research library and archive. To some historians, that’s a problem.

When Roger Stone Flashed Nixon’s ‘V-for-Victory’

The Republican operative transformed the infamous gesture from a symbol of defiance to a simple farce.
A panel from Jacob Lawrence’s 1940-1941 “Migration Series.

The Changing Definition of African-American

How the great influx of people from Africa and the Caribbean since 1965 is challenging what it means to be African-American.
Wye House, a historic plantation house in rural Talbot County, Maryland (aft. 1933).

Equal-Opportunity Evil

A new book shows that for female slaveholders, the business of human exploitation was just as profitable as it was for men.
Sergeant Andrew Chandler of the 44th Mississippi Infantry Regiment of the Confederate States Army and Silas Chandler, his family slave (c. 1861).

The ‘Loyal Slave’ Photo That Explains the Northam Scandal

The governor’s yearbook picture, like many images before it, reinforces the belief that blacks are content in their oppression.

Colorizing and Fictionalizing the Past

The technical wizardry of Peter Jackson's "They Shall Not Grow Old" should not obscure its narrow, outdated storyline.
Andrew Jackson.

Andrew Jackson: Our First Populist President

He never denounced slavery and was brutal towards American Indians, but remains a popular figure. Why?
Blackfoot teepees at Glacier National Park, Montana (ca. 1950).

America's National Parks Were Never Wild and Untouched

Montana's emblematic Glacier National Park reveals the impact of human history and culture.
A drawing of the opening moments of the Massacre at Wounded Knee.

When The President Laughs At Genocide

In the period of a few weeks, President Trump mocked both the Trail of Tears and the Wounded Knee Massacre.
A biographical graphic of Carter G. Woodson (1943).

Origins of Black History Month

Why did Carter G. Woodson choose February, and what was his vision for the annual commemoration?
Margalit Fox.

The Quiet Genius of Margalit Fox’s Obituaries

For years, she’s injected subtle, deft works of cultural history into the New York Times.
Inside the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, in Montgomery, AL.

A Memorial to the Lingering Horror of Lynching

The powerful National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Alabama is meant to perturb, not console.