Federal courts have long declined to enshrine the right to education into federal law. A careful look at the history of the 14th Amendment shows why that may be the wrong approach.
Dying in America 200 years ago was a simply family affair, devoid of pomp. The US Civil War and Abraham Lincoln's embrace of embalming changed everything.
Those calling it slavery fan fiction are ignoring the long, nuanced tradition of articles and films that wonder what would have happened if the South had won.
Displaying Confederate statues in a carefully curated museum would help end a toxic debate about the difference between remembering and venerating.
Whether it be African-Americans, Catholics or transgender people, the armed forces have played a vital role in shaping US social policy toward the country's minorities.
Pickett's Charge was one of the seminal battles of the U.S. Civil War, setting the stage for the ultimate Confederacy defeat. Could it have played out differently?
Memorials to confederate generals are lightning rods today for the same racist views they fought for 150 years ago.
An Army veteran and professor of rhetoric explores poetry written by veterans about a divisive holiday born of the Civil War.
The bar for achieving that lofty goal was set almost 150 years ago when Congress cut taxes from as high as 10 percent to zero over two years.
The struggle for equal rights for black citizens in the U.S. today is backed by the promise of the 14th Amendment. A historian takes us back to the grassroots movements that led to its passage.
In 1872, free traders split with the young Republican Party, ran a third-party candidate against Ulysses S. Grant and sparked 100 years of GOP protectionism. Is history repeating itself?
If Liverpool hadn't supplied it with warships, the South might not have been able to put up much of a fight against the Union.
One historian is plumbing the oft-discarded works of kids – from shipwreck tales to diary entries – to augment our understanding of U.S. history.
Historically black colleges account for only 3% of all colleges and universities. But, even today, 20% of black Americans earn their degrees at these schools.
What message does it send when we remove symbols of an unsavory – but important – part of American history?
The famous portrait, usually resident in France, is on a rare tour in the US. From looking at it, one might assume its subject had a tranquil, even monotonous, life. But one would be wrong.
Public opinion on the flag may have shifted with lightning speed, but how did it hold on as long as it did? The answer has to do with how it served both Democratic and Republican parties alike.
Symbols matter – and there's no stronger symbol than a flag in a post-conflict society.
The story of the Grand Review of the Union Armies in May 1865 and of the veterans of Sherman's March who believed that it was their campaign that helped bring the Civil War to its end.
It officially ended 150 years ago on April 9 in Appomattox with General Lee's surrender, but the deep divisions that produced the Civil War still roil our national psyche.