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.
Internet Archive servers.

Can the Internet be Archived?

The Web dwells in a never-ending present. The Wayback Machine aims to preserve its past.
Joshua Speed

Did Abraham Lincoln’s Bromance Alter the Course of American History?

Joshua Speed found his BFF in Abraham Lincoln.
A library card shows the names of contemporary scholar Cameron Strang and Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer.

Atomic Bonds

What was J. Robert Oppenheimer doing with a book about science in early America?
A painting showing the sinking of the Lusitania by a German U-Boat in 1915.

Life Aboard the Lusitania

Reliving the Sinking of the Lusitania Through the Eyes of a Survivor-My Great-Grandmother
The 4th U.S. Colored Infantry at Fort Lincoln, District of Columbia.

African American Civil War Soldiers

Historian John Clegg on why he's compiling a digital database of the military records of 200,000+ black Union soldiers.
The Declaration of Independence (1776).

Was John Hancock’s Signature Too Big? Or Was Everyone Else’s Too Small?

We hold this truth to be self-evident: John Hancock's signature on the Declaration of Independence was too big.
“Saving sinners, scene along the Mississippi River,” c. 1912.

The Power of Pictures: Viewing History Through America's Library

A conversation with the curator of a new exhibit featuring images from the Library of Congress’ photo archives.
Tulsa, Oklahoma's

Long-Lost Manuscript Has a Searing Eyewitness Account of Tulsa Race Massacre

A lawyer details the attack by hundreds of whites on the black neighborhood where hundreds died 95 years ago.
The contact sheet purchased by Dave Seabury in the late 1980s. Photographs Eric Weill, 1966. Copyright , 2017. Via Beatles Last Concert Photos.

A Garage Sale Find of Rare Beatles Photos Took a Collector on a Magical Mystery Tour

In search of the photographer who captured the Beatles' final concert on film.