The women’s rights movement in the 1800s did not openly support legalizing abortion or birth control. But the reasons why are complex.
The Chautauqua movement symbolized progressive reformers’ hopes that public learning could create a healthy democracy.
Distrust of government blended with strains of Christian fundamentalism can produce a violent form of Christian nationalism, a scholar explains.
A historian of the residential schools explains how religion played a key role in assimilationist systems for Indigenous children in Canada and the United States.
The Utah holiday is a reflection of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ slowly changing identity, a historian of Mormonism and migration writes.
A historian explains why the pre-Roe anti-abortion movement was filled with liberal Democrats who opposed the Vietnam War and supported the expansion of the welfare state.
US President Calvin Coolidge hasn’t gone down in history for his triumphs or failures as president during the 1920s – but his dry sense of humor carries on.
Reagan was the first US president to address the UK parliament. What he said still carries weight for Anglo-American relations decades on.
One of the last relics of ‘lost cause’ ideology is nearing its end as a federal panel has recommended renaming US military bases now honoring Confederate generals.
American institutions are seemingly powerless to enact gun reform because so many Americans believe – consciously or not – that any sacrifice is worth it to live in the best country in the world.
The Civil War – the second-most-deadly event in US history, just behind COVID-19 –contributed to lasting changes in how Americans care for the dead.
Agreements negotiated a century ago to share water on Western rivers among states are showing their age in a time of water scarcity.
A poet speaks to how his love of history has shaped his work.
Plantation museums could be ideal venues for students to learn about the nation’s history of race-based slavery, but only if they stop whitewashing the horrors of what took place on their grounds.
‘Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness’ were the founding principles of the US. In Canada, the goals are ‘Peace, Order, and good Government.’
Sugar has deep links with slavery in the US, but Black workers weren’t the only ones affected. In post-Civil War Louisiana, Chinese workers also toiled cutting and processing cane.
‘A Visit from St. Nicholas’ is one of the most famous American poems. But who wrote it?
The ongoing debate over transgender rights in rural America frames transness as a nascent movement, ignoring a long undercurrent of transgender history that is all but forgotten.
The romanticized notions of Southern gentility are increasingly at odds with historical reality as the lives, culture and contributions of the enslaved are becoming integral on tours of plantations.
The iconic image may have originated with a meat supplier named Samuel Wilson. Or not.