Jonathan Haidt explains the psychology behind our polarized politics
Harry Truman took on wasteful contractors during World War II and improved Congress' public image.
In the summer of 1862, Abraham Lincoln drafted the Emancipation Proclamation at a roomy cottage on the grounds of the Soldiers Home outside Washington, D.C.
Mormon polygamy grabbed the national spotlight in 1875 when Prophet Brigham Young's 19th wife, Ann Eliza, divorced him, wrote an expose about plural marriage and set out on a lecture tour.
Henry Petroski talks about design, the history of American engineering and why Washington's Tacoma Narrows Bridge was known as "Galloping Gertie."
George Washington worried over every detail of his greatest gift to the nation - Mount Vernon.
Rocker Phil Collins has spent decades collecting artifacts from his childhood obsession - the Alamo.
What really happened to Davy Crockett after the Alamo fell?
American soldiers returning from war don't always get the treatment they deserve.
Frank James, Jesse James' older brother, renounced the outlaw life after Jesse's death and slipped quietly into old age.
Tall Tree Tale When Harold Holzer made his first pilgrimage years ago to the cottage on the outskirts of Washington, D.C., that was President Abraham Lincoln’s favorite retreat, one living relic seemed...
At the Constitutional Convention, Gouvernuer Morris made sure the office of the president would be independent from Congress.
During the Cold War, the U.S. Congress had its own secret fallout shelter tucked away in the West Virginia hills.
The father of our country grows up in Woody Holton's article "George Washington's Moral Metamorphosis."
Mae West's bawdy 1926 play, Sex, landed her in jail and set her on the path to superstardom.
Filmmaker Ken Burns talks about his latest project, a history of Prohibition, which airs on PBS in October 2011.