A (cropped) Thomas Eakins photo of an unnamed, naked girl.

An Unnamed Girl, a Speculative History

What a photograph reveals about the lives of young black women at the turn of the century.
An illustration of the death of Ensign Joseph Coulon de Jumonville, from the 1859 Illustrated Life of George Washington. Washington is misleadingly portrayed standing by as others fire on the French.

When Young George Washington Started a War

A just-discovered eyewitness account provides startling new evidence about who fired the shot that sparked the French and Indian War.
Mary E. Harper (L) and Frances Ellen Watkins Harper (R), whose two photos in ‘Atlanta Offering’ (1895) piqued the researchers' interest.

The Hidden Story of Two African American Women

An historian discovers the portraits of two women all bound up in the pages of a 19th-century book.
A sign at Petrified Forest National Park.

Letters of the Damned: Exorcising the Curse of the Petrified Forest

Letters come in each year with pilfered stones from the national park, hoping to break the senders' curse.
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During the Space Race, Gas Stations Gave Away Free Maps to the Moon

Standard Oil was not about to be left earthbound.
Jet magazine founder John H. Johnson, head of Johnson Publishing Co., (2001).

The World-Class Photography of Ebony and Jet is Priceless History. It's Still Up For Sale.

There's a lot more than money at stake in the impending auction.
Photo from a 1932 book by investigative journalist John Spivak, of a boy in Seminole County, Georgia, who was immobilized because he

A Lost Work by Langston Hughes Examines the Harsh Life on the Chain Gang

In 1933, the Harlem Renaissance star wrote a powerful essay about race. It has never been published in English—until now.
Men detained during anti-government demonstrations in Buenos Aires on March 30, 1982. At least 30,000 people were arrested, tortured and ‘disappeared’ during Argentina’s 1976-1983 dictatorship.

Secret Archives Show US Helped Argentine Military Wage ‘Dirty War’ That Killed 30,000

The archives narrate the human rights abuses committed by Argentina’s military government, often with the assistance of the US.

An Eight-Second Film of 1915 New Orleans and the Mystery of Louis Armstrong’s Happiness

How could Armstrong, born indisputably black at the height of Jim Crow and raised poor, be so happy?
Mary Rozet Smith and Jane Addams (c. 1896).

Jane Addams, Mary Rozet Smith, And The Disappointments of One-Sided Correspondence

Lost letters between Jane Addams and her best friend leave questions for historians
 Women voters cast ballots at 57th Street and Lexington Avenue, in 1917.

New York’s First-Time Women Voters

A 1918 dispatch from a Yiddish newspaper documents the experiences of women legally voting for the first time.
A bust-length portrait of Deborah Sampson, who served as a soldier in the Continental Army (1797).

The Woman Who Sneaked Into George Washington’s Army

A rediscovered diary sheds light on the life of Deborah Sampson, who fought in the Continental Army.