Ole Peter Hansen Balling’s painting of John Brown.
Google Art Project via Wikimedia Commons
He took a remarkable stand against slavery in the countdown to the American Civil War – but opinion differs about his methods.
Were muskets in 1777 better regulated than assault rifles in 2017?
A leading historian of constitutional thought says the contemporary Second Amendment debate is founded on serious misunderstandings.
A U.S. soldier fires a Colt M16 in Vietnam in 1967.
While advocates of gun control may feel powerless in the wake of mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas, the history of government support for the industry shows Americans have more sway than they think.
The 2016 Standing Rock protest was only the most recent manifestation of the indigenous American values inherited by European settlers on this land.
Anti-immigrant policies ignore that American ideals like liberty, equality and the pursuit of happiness can be traced back to the indigenous pioneers who once moved freely across North America.
Agricultural Building at the World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois, circa 1893.
University of Maryland Digital Collections
An anthropologist tells the story of how Columbus actually came close to falling into historical obscurity, until American hubris got in the way.
NFL players from many teams have knelt or linked arms in protest during the playing of the national anthem.
Donald Trump’s ill-timed comments on protests by America's elite athletes have given legitimacy to claims of his racial animus.
Picking up the pieces in Florida after Hurricane Irma.
AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
For the first time in years, Americans are acutely aware of the perils of extreme weather, but don't expect views on climate risks to shift overnight.
When were the seeds of racism sown in the US and why is it so hard to root out?
Marines help the wounded man to an evacuation helicopter near Van Tuong,1965.
AP Photo/Peter Arnett
Is there honor in a losing battle? The US military faced this question in Vietnam. Its response would eventually change how the media covered war and how Americans perceive it.
Old West, as seen through 1967 Orange County eyes.
Orange County Archives
Knott's Berry Farm and others romanticize the state's past and influence visitors’ sense of history. But their ideology reflects mid-20th-century political conservatism more than settlers' reality.
Bartolomeo Vanzetti (left), handcuffed to Nicola Sacco, 1923.
Boston Public Library
At a time when anti-immigrant sentiment was widespread, the Sacco and Vanzetti trial starkly divided American opinion and stirred up a violent backlash around the world.
When you wash your best sheets for nothing.
EPA/Erik S. Lesser
Far from the millions-strong mass movement of years gone by, today's 'Klan' is really just a smattering of assorted local hate groups.
A convict hangs on to a bucking bronco c. 1940.
Courtesy of Texas Prison Museum
Racial barriers that existed in the free world were toppled as black and white convicts competed for the Top Hand Prize.
A Confederate memorial to Jefferson Davis and Robert E Lee in Georgia.
In defending white nationalists in Charlottesville, Donald Trump took aim at the founding fathers.
A surveillance photograph of Vicki Weaver at Ruby Ridge, 1992.
U.S. Marshal Service/Wikimedia Commons
The radical right has a keen sense of its own history, and the violence of the 1990s is still fresh in its memory.
Australia’s first memorial to Indigenous service people.
Many of our public commemorations honour people and incidents that brought great harm to others. We need to look at what that says about us, and how we build more inclusive public memorials.
Celebrity cows: Southern Girl and Iceberg enjoy a ‘hay cocktail’ at the Commodore Hotel in New York.
Byrd Polar and Climate Research Center, contact for re-use
What would possess an Antarctic expedition to take dairy cows to the icy continent? Back in 1933, Admiral Byrd did so for reasons of image-making, publicity and territorial ambition.
People gather around a truck to get food on Detroit’s east side in July 1967. The food was brought to the riot-stricken area by the Crisis Council, one of the many organizations aiding residents.
In the film 'Detroit,' the voices of women are largely absent.
Franklin’s lifelong quest was spreading scientific knowledge to regular people.
Franklin advanced a scientific – not supernatural – understanding of astronomical events such as eclipses. His satirical character 'Poor Richard' mocked those who bought into astrological predictions.
A National Guardsman stands at a Detroit intersection during the summer riots of 1967.
AP Photo/David Stephenson
Fifty years ago, Jeffrey Horner watched news broadcasts of the riots that erupted just miles from his home. But he was worlds apart from the racial tensions that had been festering for decades.