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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Blown Away: Galveston Hurricane, 1900

In 1900 a monster hurricane devastated Galveston, Texas, but as meteorologist Al Roker reveals in his new book, politics and ego at the national Weather Bureau helped make the storm the deadliest in American history
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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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October 2015 Table of Contents

Disaster leaves a mark—on the land, on the people who survive and in our collective memory. We can't prevent the winds, the rains, the tectonic shifts and volcanic eruptions. But can history teach us how to mitigate nature's effect on us— and our effect on nature?
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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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August 2015

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...
Over his 41-year Marine Corps career General James Mattis honored his obligation to share lessons learned from combat and his own rigorous study of military history. (DoD Photo)

Marine Corps General James Mattis

Mattis insists that a rigorous study of military history and shared knowledge from combat are equally essential elements of military training
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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
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Déjà Vu: Taking It to the Streets

In the summer of 2014 the deaths of two black men in confrontations with police officers riveted the nation’s attention. In July Eric Garner, of Staten Island, N.Y., suffered a fatal heart attack while being...