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American History

What Do We Owe Our Vets?

H.W. Brands | Published: March 28, 2012 at 2:04 pm
American soldiers returning from war don't always get the treatment they deserve.

A Killer's Metamorphosis

Stephen Harrigan | Published: March 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm
Frank James, Jesse James' older brother, renounced the outlaw life after Jesse's death and slipped quietly into old age.

Letter From American History - June 2012

Editor | Published: March 28, 2012 at 1:58 pm
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 to capture the site's original spirit: a gigantic …

Power Play

Ray Raphael | Published: January 27, 2012 at 4:00 pm
At the Constitutional Convention, Gouvernuer Morris made sure the office of the president would be independent from Congress.

Secret Doomsday Bunker

Peter Carlson | Published: November 30, 2011 at 5:08 pm
During the Cold War, the U.S. Congress had its own secret fallout shelter tucked away in the West Virginia hills.

Letter From American History - February 2012

Published: November 30, 2011 at 5:07 pm
The father of our country grows up in Woody Holton's article "George Washington's Moral Metamorphosis."

Mae West's Secret of Success

Peter Carlson | Published: September 14, 2011 at 11:16 am
Mae West's bawdy 1926 play, Sex, landed her in jail and set her on the path to superstardom.

Interview With Filmmaker Ken Burns

Peter Carlson | Published: August 02, 2011 at 4:42 pm
Filmmaker Ken Burns talks about his latest project, a history of Prohibition, which airs on PBS in October 2011.

Lone Star Nation

Gregory Curtis | Published: July 22, 2011 at 11:49 am
Texas has been a state since 1845. So why do Texans still believe they live in a separate country?

How did Woodrow Wilson become America's most hated president?

Paula Span | Published: June 09, 2011 at 12:33 pm
Modern-day conservatives claim Woodrow Wilson wrecked the American century.

Lowell Thomas, T.E. Lawrence and the Creation of a Legend

Joel Hodson | Published: May 16, 2011 at 11:46 am
Lowell Thomas combined journalism and entertainment to help create the legend of Lawrence of Arabia.

When the King Came Calling

Michael Farquhar | Published: April 05, 2011 at 3:46 pm
Liked The King's Speech? Find out how a visit to America helped George VI find his voice.

What We Owe Jehovah's Witnesses

Sarah Barringer Gordon | Published: January 27, 2011 at 5:29 pm
In 1943, Jehovah’s Witnesses went to court over their constitutional right not to pledge allegiance to the United States.

A Nation Divided

Published: January 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm
So many people insist on viewing the American Civil War (or any war, for that matter) from a good-guys-won perspective. It's a sure way to obscure at least half the facts and distort the meaning of the rest. As long …

Hail, Lafayette!

Ronald H. Bailey | Published: December 03, 2010 at 11:45 am
The Marquis de Lafayette returned to America, his adopted home, during the contentious 1824 presidential election.

The Confederacy: America's Worst Idea

Stephanie McCurry | Published: October 04, 2010 at 3:07 pm
Why did the South lose the Civil War? Because it ignored black slaves and white women.
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