Daveed Diggs (Lafayett), Okieriete Onaodowan (Hercules Mulligan), Anthony Ramos (John Laurens) and Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton). (Hamilton Production Photos by Joan Marcus)

Review: Hamilton: An American Musical

Hamilton: An American Musical Richard Rodgers Theatre, New York WHO WAS ALEXANDER HAMILTON, the man on the 10-dollar bill, anyway? The 20-year-old whiz kid who helped George Washington run the American...
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Encounter: Buffalo Bill at Queen Victoria’s Command

IN THE SPRING of 1887, Buffalo Bill Cody sailed from New York to England with his entire “Wild West” show—cowboys, sharpshooters, musicians and 97 American Indians, plus 180 horses, 18 buffalo, 10 elk,...
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Review: The Oregon Trail: A new American Journey

The Oregon Trail: A new American Journey by Rinker Buck (Simon & Schuster) AUTHOR RINKER BUCK DESCRIBES himself as a “divorced boozehound with a bad driving record and emerging symptoms of low...

Déjà Vu: Does Disarmament Work?

AFTER NINE YEARS of negotiating, the United States, Iran and five other nations—Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia—signed an agreement in July in Vienna lifting international trade sanctions on...
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.”

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.

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...

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...