Astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the moon, July 20, 1969.

50 Years Ago in Photos: A Look Back at 1969

Looking back at the year of the moon landing, Woodstock, and more.
“Refugee Mrs. Marie Spreyer (back to camera) is greeted by her daughter.”

How America Thought About Refugees 70 Years Ago

And other gleanings from the 1949 run of the Saturday Evening Post.

A Lost and Found Portrait Photographer

What remains of Hugh Magnum's work documents how much was shared in common by people who racist laws treated as separate.
A letter written by

“My Dear Master”: An Enslaved Blacksmith’s Letters to a President

This document is the rarest of items in the Library of Congress's manuscript collections: a letter written by an enslaved person.

LBJ Orders Pants

You will never think about the 36th president the same way again.
El Molaro (1972), the University of Southern California School of Dentistry yearbook, titled

Why It’s Shocking to Look Back at Med School Yearbooks from Decades Ago

They offer jaw-dropping examples of the sexism and racism that shaped professional cultures.
Carter G. Woodson in his library.

How the Founder of Black History Month Rebutted White Racism in a Forgotten Manuscript

Carter G. Woodson’s unpublished work was discovered in 2005 by a Howard University history professor.
A truck carrying Soviet troops and weapons moves through a Kabul street, December 31, 1979.

Why Did Soviets Invade Afghanistan? Documents Offer History Lesson for Trump

A newly published cable suggests Soviets were trying to prevent Afghanistan from switching its loyalties to the West.

Getting Out of the White Settlers’ Way

Re-telling the arrival of settlers on the prairie.
Lyndon B. Johnson and Admiral William Raborn on the front porch of LBJ's boyhood home, 1965.

The Secrets of Lyndon Johnson's Archives

On a presidential paper trail.

An Itinerant Photographer's Diverse Portraits of the Turn-of-the-Century American South

A new exhibit features photos by Hugh Mangum, whose glass plate negatives were salvaged from a North Carolina barn.
A 490-degree map of the world, highlighting the territories of the British Empire in red.

These 'Persuasive Maps' Aren't Concerned With the Facts

A digital collection shows how subjective maps can be used to manipulate, rather than present the world as it really is.