Andrew Johnson's plan to win the loyalty of former Confederate leaders doomed his presidency to historical ignominy.
A historian takes us beyond the noise in Washington and examines how US and Russian power and interests compare.
The story of African-American music is a story of eclipsing expectations and subverting norms.
On Juneteenth, the day that commemorates the ending of slavery in the US, a historian dispels myths about the 'peculiar institution' of slavery.
The rule of law can take on different meanings depending whom you ask and where you are – but in the US it pretty much means one thing.
Some Puerto Ricans voted, but most stayed home amid a looming financial debt crisis and political protests. Will this vote matter?
Hoover abused his power as FBI director to serve presidents' interests. The reforms that followed were set up to prevent it from happening again.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy consistently ranks as one of America's most popular leaders. A presidential historian argues that didn't just happen – it was the result of an effort to create an image.
An Army veteran and professor of rhetoric explores poetry written by veterans about a divisive holiday born of the Civil War.
How will Mueller perform as special counsel? A historian compares his actions with another former FBI director to find out.
Past presidents have made strange requests of the FBI, some of which were documented by J. Edgar Hoover.
An FBI historian tells stories from the agency's ups and downs over 109 years and four dismissed directors.
A scholar who has profiled the likes of Saddam Hussein and Vladimir Putin says there is a method to understanding the madness.
Trump's administration plans to ramp up prosecution of unauthorized border crossings. Here's the story of how it became illegal in the first place.
During the war, fear of being undermined by the enemy sparked restrictions on freedom of speech. As a result, thousands of Americans were prosecuted.
Before World War I, petroleum had few practical uses, but it emerged from the war as a strategic global asset necessary for national stability and security.
High school students in America learn two very different perspectives on World War I in their U.S. and world history classes. But which of these competing viewpoints should take center stage?
A 'witch hunt' is what Trump called investigations into his campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election. An anthropologist explains the connection between witch hunts and social control.
Trump's budget would eliminate the National Endowment for the Humanities, breaking a tradition of funding humanities scholarship that goes back to the nation's founding.
An urban planning expert goes knee-deep into the murky history behind this popular phrase often used to describe the nation's capital.