How Americans decide who can come into the country and who can stay reflects beliefs about what makes people worthy of opportunity.
A former US Department of Defense and State Department official explains why a hard-line approach on North Korea will likely fail, as it did with Iran.
The unique role of the temperance movement in US history might explain why, when it comes to Americans' tastes, bland beer is still king.
Efforts to curb railroads' monopoly power in the 19th century hold lessons for 21st-century policymakers and internet giants alike.
During the Cold War, the US built nuclear weapons at a network of secretive sites across the nation. Some are still heavily polluted and threaten public health today.
Decades ago, the CIA created a secret department dedicated to spreading anti-communist propaganda around the globe. A scholar explains how it is comparable to Russian meddling through social media.
Throughout America's history, a duality has existed: On one side, there has been the belligerent, aggressive America. On the other, the generous, amiable one.
The international community has failed to recognise the new political visions being articulated by young musicians and activists across Africa.
The US has yet to fully undergo a process of truth and reconciliation.
Fifty years after a major oil spill in Santa Barbara helped launch the environmental movement, Californians strongly oppose the Trump administration's push to expand offshore drilling.
The practice of calling attention to false stories – with actual fakers then levying the charge on their accusers – dates back to battles between progressive reformers and corporate media outlets.
Bill Clinton and Donald Trump share an awkward anniversary.
For the Native people of California, the dream has been more of a nightmare.
The new movie about P.T. Barnum couldn’t come at a better time: It's impossible not to see his ghost in our culture, in our advertisements and in our president.
The city's image as a model for black mobility and civil rights is crumbling. An expert on race and class politics takes us behind the veneer of one of the South's most important cities.
It hasn't always been, writes legal expert.
A huge majority of Americans support equal rights for women. Is now the right time to get an amendment passed?
By figuring out fission, physicists were able to split uranium atoms and release massive amounts of energy. This Manhattan Project work paved the way both for atomic bombs and nuclear power reactors.
The impetus to impose immigration restrictions to prevent entry of certain ethnic groups into the US is not a new one.
In the 1960s, white newspaper journalists exploited racial divisions to help build the GOP's southern firewall.