Racial barriers that existed in the free world were toppled as black and white convicts competed for the Top Hand Prize.
In defending white nationalists in Charlottesville, Donald Trump took aim at the founding fathers.
The radical right has a keen sense of its own history, and the violence of the 1990s is still fresh in its memory.
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.
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.
Women have long been the targets of police violence as well as men.
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.
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.
Romero’s ‘Night of the Living Dead’ and ‘Dawn of the Dead’ will be remembered among the first films to use horror as a form of political critique.
The peach looms large in Georgia history and lore. Today the Georgia peach crop is dwindling, but its history remains deeply entwined with Southern history, politics and culture.
The founder of the West Virginia Dialect Project hopes to debunk some of the myths about the way Appalachian people speak and instill pride in a rich, oft-maligned culture.
Over 80 years ago, Hormel Foods introduced a simple, canned meat product called Spam. It would go on to become one of the greatest marketing success stories of all time.
Pickett's Charge was one of the seminal battles of the U.S. Civil War, setting the stage for the ultimate Confederacy defeat. Could it have played out differently?
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.