The delegations signing the Treaty of Versailles in the Hall of Mirrors.
Helen Johns Kirtland (1890-1979) and Lucian Swift Kirtland (died 1965), US National Archives
The Treaty of Versailles is often named as the main cause of World War II. But this is an overly simple explanation.
Bolshevik leaders Nikolai Lenin and Leon Trotsky.
Forged documents were used by the US government 100 years ago to justify hostile actions against Russia. All but one US newspaper accepted the government's propaganda. The lessons for today are stark.
White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
US law limits public employees' political activity. But in today's hyperpartisan political world, it's getting harder for public employees to navigate between professional neutrality and politics.
Unfortunately, there’s not an unlimited amount of daylight that we can squeeze out of our clocks.
The original arguments Congress made for 'springing ahead' have been thoroughly debunked. So why are they still being used by legislators today?
Thomas Woodrow Wilson (1856-1934)
America finds itself in uncharted territory under Donald Trump – not least when it comes to climate change and Israel policy.
Silent protest parade in New York against the East St. Louis riots, 1917.
Library of Congress
Thousands marched in silence against racial violence after a riot left hundreds of blacks dead and thousands homeless. The demands of black people in 2017 remain the same as they did in 1917.
Mitch McConnell has a majority in the Senate –
but his mission to push President Trump’s legislative agenda has been far from easy.
Why would McConnell push a vote to repeal Obamacare when he knows it won't pass? It's not as crazy as it sounds.
The 28th president's ideology has never really gone away.
The censorship board. George Creel is seated at far right.
Harris & Ewing/Library of Congress
An executive order signed in 1917 created what's been called 'the nation's first ministry of information.' The media are still feeling its impact.
Chief John Big Tree, Dark Cloud, Jack Cosgrave, Adda Gleason and Robert Goldstein in The Spirit of ‘76 (1917).
During the war, fear of being undermined by the enemy sparked restrictions on freedom of speech. As a result, thousands of Americans were prosecuted.
President Woodrow Wilson addressing a joint session of Congress on April 2, 1917, urging a declaration that a state of war exists.
Wilson coined the phrase 'America First' and appealed for 'peace without victory.' But on April 2, 1917 he asked Congress for a declaration of war. The impact on American foreign policy was profound.
Peace Delegates on the Noordam – Mrs. P. Lawrence, Jane Addams, Anna Molloy.
Library of Congress
A century ago, American women organized to protest World War I. The fact that their efforts failed isn't the most important point.
What if this was our choice on Election Day?
AP Photos/Gary Landers and Paul Sancya
In this year's election, the system of majority voting didn't allow voters to express their opinions adequately. If they had, the choice would have been between Kasich and Sanders.
A 2010 billboard challenging President Obama.
The word may be new, but the first time the 'birther' political ploy was used was in the 1916 presidential elections.
Woodrow Wilson’s cabinet.
Library of Congress
In 2015 Princeton University investigated President Woodrow Wilson's legacy of prejudice. A historian looks at the widespread racism in the American progressive movement of the early 20th century.
Students across campuses are protesting against racial injustice.
A former activist turned professor says previous student movements may have opened the door for people of color to have greater opportunity but fell short of changing the power structure.
Candidates beware! History suggests that book writing presidents are not necessarily the best presidents.
A still shot from DW Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation (1915).
The Hollywood Reporter
Last month President Obama welcomed the film Selma into the White House – a first-family showing that, as it happens, occurred a century after the first-ever screening of a movie inside the White House…
What are the similarities between 28 and 44?
Bureau of Engraving and Printing, Smithsonian Institution
The National Security Agency’s eavesdropping on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone calls. The United States Postal Service’s computers recording names and addresses on selected mail. The Obama Administration…