The Story of the POW/MIA Flag

Conceived in 1971 as part of a small group's effort to help spread awareness of the mistreatment of POWs, the POW/MIA flag has become a national symbol

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...
Chilly troops line up for a warm cup of Joe in Winslow Homer's print "The Coffee Call."

Soldiers Loved a Refreshing Cup of Coffee

Strong Enough to Float an Iron Wedge Few things were as welcome to soldiers in camp and on the march as a fresh, hot cup of coffee   Somewhere amid the horror and bloodshed of Antietam, a small...

Oskar Gröning, A Fond Look Back

On Wednesday, a German court sentenced Oskar Gröning to four years in prison for his role in the Holocaust. In our 2013 profile of the former Auschwitz guard, he declared himself not guilty.
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Home Grown Terrorists

The Civil War was over, but white terror organizations like the Ku Klux Klan and Knights of the White Camellia fought a new war against Republicans and African Americans.

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

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...
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Here is Where: Holding the Fort in San Antonio

Barricaded in a freezing cold, rat-infested room inside the Alamo, the lone defender had gone almost three days without food, water or sleep after armed men had positioned themselves around the compound....