Would Abraham Lincoln ever have become president if he didn't stumble into a dry goods store in Springfield, Illinois, and strike up a friendship with its owner, Joshua Speed?
When war broke out, black Americans fought in segregated units to serve their country. The breath of freedom they experienced in Europe flamed the fight for equality when they returned home.
Distrust of the irreligious has been commonplace in the American political discourse from the founding.
The US has never been opposed to international engagement, or even international co-operation – but it must always be co-operation on American terms.
Donald Trump will preside over a new American reality as it takes shape. How can we understand it?
The first presidency began with a mandate to make America great. What's changed?
Big Oil has historically played a behind-the-scenes role on American policy and politics. No longer.
Could a similar coalition emerge today?
The idea of an American Muslim registry has gained traction in some circles, but the historical precedents are shaky at best.
At many Spanish missions in the US and Latin America, the rising sun illuminates the altar on the winter solstice or other symbolic days. To the faithful, these events meant that Christ was with them.
In 1952, military man Dwight Eisenhower was elected president without any experience in elective office. Here’s how he built his cabinet.
No other nation has conjoined business success and piety quite like America has. Is Donald Trump's election a strange perversion of this tradition?
A historian of science and technology says Trump team's request for names of Department of Energy employees working on climate change recalls worst excesses of ideology-driven science in government.
The ideology of 'manifest destiny' has underpinned centuries of discriminatory legislation and violence against the US's indigenous people.
Two Italian scholars who fled fascism in the 1920s urgently warned that American democracy was vulnerable to the same gradual erosion as in Italy. Their message still rings true today.
The Pilgrims were thankful for finally being able to vanquish Thomas Morton and Ferdinando Gorges, who spent years trying to undermine the legal basis for settlements in Massachusetts and beyond.
A historian and biographer of J. Edgar Hoover answers questions on how FBI director James Comey is handling a position with a dark past.
While it's unprecedented to call an election 'rigged' before voting has even taken place, there is a history of candidates crying foul after suspicious results.
In the story of Manhattan's Le Pavillon and its irascible manager, a food historian sees the rise and fall of French cuisine in America.
It's easy to forget that in 1992, the Clintons railed spectacularly against the status quo. Fortunately, it's all on film.