President Lyndon B. Johnson shakes hands with Dr. Martin Luther King after signing the Voting Rights Act. (LBJ Library photo by Yoichi Okamoto)

1965 Voting Rights Act Gallery

On August 6th, 1965 President Lyndon Johnson signed the Voting Rights Act into law, claiming, “The vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice.”
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Encounter: Dorothy Thompson Underestimates Hitler

Adolf Hitler had shown little interest in talking to foreign reporters, but in late 1931, when he was widely seen as Germany's next leader, he finally agreed to meet with Dorothy Thompson, a savvy American reporter with a keen eye and a crisp style.
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Interview: David McCullough, The Wright Stuff

AUTHOR DAVID MCCULLOUGH has produced some of the most celebrated biographies in recent history. For half a century, he’s brought the past to life, introducing readers to topics that range from the American...
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Encounter: Robert E. Lee Faces Congress

The senator began his interrogation with an innocuous question: “Where is your present residence?” “Lexington, Virginia,” the witness replied. “How long have you resided at...
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Encounter: Casey Stengel Filibusters Estes Kefauver

Dodging questions is an art on Capitol Hill, where politicians routinely avoid answering uncomfortable queries by using various time-honored evasive tactics, including changing the subject, telling an...
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Features Eisenhower Wartime leader, peacetime visionary ‘I really hit a new world’ West Point—and Eisenhower’s Kansas roots—made the man by Carlo d’Este ‘I’m going to command the...
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‘Unless we progress, we regress’

Eisenhower scholars have spent much of the past two decades correcting the record of his presidency, distorted by biased historians and antagonistic pundits. Ike’s legacy in civil rights is still the...
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Déjà Vu: Ike’s Middle East Gambit

The United States is trying to make a deal with Iran, by which that country would guarantee to keep its nuclear program peaceful. After winding down the war in Iraq, American troops are back in that country to...
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A Capitol Offense

Congress enacted Prohibition but lawmakers didn’t go dry, thanks to bootlegger George Cassiday—the “Man in the Green Hat”—who set up shop on Capitol Hill
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May 8, 1945: Victory in Europe

Seventy years ago, the Allies celebrated V-E Day, closing the Western theater of World War II. Here in their own words, two Americans take stock of what happened