A photograph of Sylvia Plath

The Mystery of Sylvia Plath's Lost Novel

Sylvia Plath started writing 'Double Exposure,' a fictionalized autobiography about an artist who discovers her husband has cheated on her. Then the novel went missing.
The Jack Daniel's whiskey logo.

When Jack Daniel’s Failed to Honor a Slave, an Author Rewrote History

The whiskey maker backed away from a promise to acknowledge its debt to a black distiller — until Fawn Weaver swooped into town and took up the cause.
De Bow's Review Monthly from November, 1867.

'The Fatal Deadfall of Abolition'

Threatening the newly-freed Southern slaves.
Site of the historic Powder Alarm in Somerville, Massachusetts.

From Boston's Resistance to an American Revolution

How a Boston rebellion became an American Revolution is a story too seldom told because it is one we take for granted.
Sojourner Truth, 1864.

Compare the Two Versions of Sojourner Truth's “Ain’t I a Woman” Speech

Why is there more than one version of the famous 1851 speech?
An 1844 portrait of John Quincy Adams by William Hudson Jr.

John Quincy Adams Kept a Diary and Didn’t Skimp on the Details

On the occasion of his 250th birthday, the making of our sixth president in his own words.
Mary Katherine Goddard broadside of the Declaration of Independence

This Woman’s Name Appears on the Declaration of Independence. Why Don’t we Know Her Story?

Mary K. Goddard printed one of the most famous copies of our founding document.
Thomas Jefferson's Monticello.

Historians Uncover Slave Quarters of Sally Hemings at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

Archaeologists have uncovered the slave quarters of Sally Hemings at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello mansion.
The special seven-man military commission opens the third day of its proceedings in the 1942 trial of eight Nazi saboteurs in the fifth floor courtroom of the Department of Justice building.

Six Nazi Spies Were Executed in D.C. White Supremacists Gave Them a Memorial

The memorial to the men sat in a field until 2010 when officials took a fork lift to it.
The Great Dismal Swamp

Deep in the Swamps, Archaeologists Are Finding How Fugitive Slaves Kept Their Freedom

The Great Dismal Swamp was once a thriving refuge for runaways
Members of the Iraqi army and U.S. troops with Task Force Dagger walk toward the scene of a mortar attack November 24, 2006 in the Khadamiyah neighborhood of Baghdad, Iraq.

Modern Wars Are a Nightmare for the Army's Official Historians

The researchers compiling the U.S. Army’s accounts of Iraq and Afghanistan have an unprecedented volume of material to sort.
Japanese-American children pledge allegiance to America.

Rarely Seen Photos of Japanese Internment

Dorothea Lange's haunting photos of Japanese-American internment during World War II.