‘We’re the Only Plane in the Sky’
Where was the president in the eight hours after the Sept. 11 attacks? The strange, harrowing journey of Air Force One, as told by people on board.
Garrett M. Graff
September 9, 2016
A Confederate Statue Is Gone, But the Fight Remains in Durham
The city isn't rushing to put it back up.
August 15, 2017
What Trump — And His Critics — Get Wrong About George Washington and Robert E. Lee
The two men owned slaves — but at vastly different moments in American history.
Made by History
August 23, 2017
Librarians without Chests: A Response to the ALSC’s Denigration of Laura Ingalls Wilder
A network of professional librarians seeks to destroy a beloved literary heroine and malign her creator.
Dedra McDonald Birzer
June 26, 2018
Yes, ‘Little House on the Prairie’ is Racially Insensitive — But We Should Still Read It
Librarians are once again raising concerns over the book’s depiction of Native Americans.
May 13, 2018
Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson and the Ways We Talk About Our Past
Why the words we use to describe Sally Hemings matter.
New York Times
August 24, 2017
Deconstructing the Stonewall Myth (Brick by Brick)
Why it's important to know that Marsha P. Johnson did not start the riots at Stonewall.
June 26, 2018
What Time Capsules, Meant for Future Americans, Say About How We See Ourselves Today
We used to fill our time capsules with fancy stuff. Now we put in junk.
September 8, 2017
The Lost Dream of a Superhighway to Honor the Confederacy
Remnants of the dream of a coast-to-coast tribute to their vision of the South are still visible.
August 29, 2017
Regime Change in Charlottesville
If you understand why that Civil War statue really went up, the debate over removing it looks a lot different.
August 16, 2017
In this special Memorial Day episode of BackStory, the Guys explore the idea of national remembrance.
May 24, 2013
The Misguided Focus on 1619 as the Beginning of Slavery in the U.S.
Michael Guasco argues that pinpointing the beginning of slavery in North America at Jamestown distorts its history
September 13, 2017