Brothers in Arms

The secrets and service of a World War II family, 76 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
A still from the film The Sinking of the Lusitania by Winsor McCay. The Lusitania is hit by an exploding torpedo. The film was released in 1918, three years after the incident.

Winsor McCay Animates the Sinking of the Lusitania in a Beautiful Propaganda Film

Animation pioneer Winsor McCay also innovated animated propaganda.
A digitized page of the 1920 United States census, one of the public record collections users can pay to view on Ancestry.com.

Ancestry.com Is In Cahoots With Public Records Agencies, A Group Suspects

A nonprofit claims its request for genealogical records from state archives was brushed aside in favor of Ancestry’s request.
Grave marker from a slave cemetery at the Estouteville Plantation in central Virginia.

The Hidden History of African-American Burial Sites in the Antebellum South

Enslaved people used codes to mark graves on plantation grounds.
The Internet Archive headquarters in San Francisco.

The Internet’s Keepers?

Wayback Machine Director Mark Graham outlines the scale of everyone's favorite archive.
President Johnson with Gen. William Westmoreland in South Vietnam in 1967.

U.S. General Considered Nuclear Response in Vietnam War, Cables Show

An American military commander wanted to move nuclear weapons to South Vietnam to prevent defeat in a battle, but Johnson refused.
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Mum’s the Word

In the height of the Cold War, the NSA created a series of posters to keep its secrets from leaking. They're both wonderful and creepy.
Dolls from the collection of Deborah Neff.

What the Black Dolls Say

These rare survivors of early African-American art can illuminate much about our difficult history.

Reconsidering the Black Panthers Through Photos

A collection of photos show what life was like within the Black Panthers.
Political cartoon published in the September 1866 edition of Harper's Weekly.

The Political Cartoon That Explains the Battle Over Reconstruction

Take a deep dive into this drawing by famed illustrator Thomas Nast.
Guillaume de L’Isle’s 1718 “Carte de la Louisiane et du Course du Mississippi.”

How Maps Reveal, and Conceal, History

What one scholar learned from writing an American history consisting of 100 maps.
Julia Stockton Rush painted by Charles  Wilson Peale (1776).

Rediscovering a Founding Mother

Just-discovered letters herald the significance of an unsung Revolutionary woman, Julia Rush.