Published: March 31, 2014 at 2:48 pm
THE BROTHERS: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles, and Their Secret World War
by Stephen Kinzer (Time Books)
In the 1950s President Dwight Eisenhower considered it America's "destiny and duty" to contain the Soviet Union and the scourge of international communism. …
Published: March 31, 2014 at 2:44 pm
Author Melinda L. Pash explains how Korea came to be America's "forgotten war"
Published: March 31, 2014 at 2:41 pm
Custer keeps the peace in Texas, Hollywood's golden age in 1939, photographs captured by Dorothea Lange, Massachusetts militiamen end British rule in 1774, and commemorating the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landing.
Published: January 31, 2014 at 12:23 pm
THE BULLY PULPIT: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism, by Doris Kearns Goodwin (Simon & Schuster)
Here's some of what's in Doris Kearns Goodwin's latest tome: progressive Republicans who insist that the working poor have …
Published: January 31, 2014 at 12:21 pm
A Carolina Moonshiner Helps Win WWII
SEVERAL SHOTS SEEMED to come out of nowhere. One bullet whizzed past Sheriff N.H. McGeachy's face, almost nicking his nose, and another clipped Deputy Bill West's ear. McGeachy had seen at least three men …
Published: January 31, 2014 at 12:19 pm
Washington cuts loose at dinner party, Herbert Hoover's humanitarian efforts abroad, Hudson River School artist capture a day in the life of a soldier, European mesmerism inspires Americans to think positive, and palaces built of cotton coal and corn in the heartland.
Published: January 31, 2014 at 12:17 pm
Before Herbert Hoover became the scapegoat for the Great Depression, he was an international hero who led one of the greatest humanitarian relief efforts in history
Published: January 13, 2014 at 5:37 pm
Mississippi John Hurt plays the blues in Washington Square, New York City, in 1965. Hurt first recorded the murder ballad "Louis Collins," likely based on a real event, in 1928. (Bernard Gotfryd/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
The text of this article originally …
Published: January 07, 2014 at 1:40 pm
Barack Obama is not the first peace president to find himself ready to go to war
Published: December 02, 2013 at 12:20 pm
The February 2014 issue of American History magazine features articles on Comanche chief Quanah Parker, American folk murder ballads, Peggy Shippen's role in leading Benedict Arnold to treason, Teddy Roosevelt's grandson Kermit's part in overthrowing Iran's elected government, Americans in London and Mission to Moscow's Hollywood propaganda.
Published: November 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm
The murder ballad came from Europe, but we Americans have our own twisted tales
Published: October 18, 2013 at 11:13 am
Published: October 18, 2013 at 10:59 am
The presidency of John F. Kennedy was momentous and consequential far beyond its horrific denouement in Dallas
Published: September 25, 2013 at 2:33 pm
The December 2013 issue of American History magazine features articles on John F. Kennedy's presidency, 3/5 Constitutional compromise, Lewis and Clark's expedition to the Pacific coast, the Great Railroad Strike of 1877, why we pay taxes and the revival of the Pawpaw.
Published: July 31, 2013 at 2:59 pm
Vanderbilt heir ditched railroads for cars and launched a race that put the American auto industry on the map.
Published: July 19, 2013 at 11:11 am
The October 2013 issue of American History magazine features articles on President Lincoln's visit to Petersburg in 1863, Lucy and Henry Knox's risky romance, Superman turning 75, early auto racers competing in the Vanderbilt Cup, America's whaling industry, and the scandal that shook Grover Cleveland's presidential campaign.