Black names have changed over the centuries.
A scholar disproves the long-held assumption that black names are a recent phenomenon.
Will Donald Trump peacefully vacate the Oval Office if he loses the presidential election in 2020? The American 1800 election showed that peaceful transitions of power are the result of choices made by individuals.
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Throughout the course of American history, peaceful transitions of power have been the result of choices made by individuals, not the U.S. political system. What does that mean if Trump loses in 2020?
Entry to Mount Rushmore along the Avenue of Flags.
Patriotism means pride in country, but what are we proud of? A former national park ranger suggests that visiting historic sites can remind Americans of the heritage, good and bad, that they share.
One of the objectionable panels depicts a dead Native American.
'The Life of Washington' was painted in the 1930s by an artist who sought to upend a rosy narrative of US history. Now some are saying its images 'traumatize' viewers – and ought to be taken down.
It’s a political job, not a scientific one.
Almost two years in, Trump finally has a science adviser in position. History demonstrates that the role is at least as political as it is scientific.
Alex Jones speaks during a rally for candidate Donald Trump near the Republican National Convention in July 2016.
Confrontational characters spouting conspiracy theories and fringe ideas have been around since American broadcasting began. With Alex Jones banished from the web, someone else will take his place.
Preparing to decorate graves, May 1899.
Library of Congress
Memorial Day, a holiday that began 151 years ago, was born out of generous gestures after the Civil War: Southerners decorated graves of Confederate soldiers as well as those of former Union enemies.
Unfortunately, there’s not an unlimited amount of daylight that we can squeeze out of our clocks.
The original arguments Congress made for 'springing ahead' have been thoroughly debunked. So why are they still being used by legislators today?
For the first time, human beings harnessed the power of atomic fission.
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.
Women shipfitters working on board the USS Nereus at the U.S. Navy Yard in Mare Island, circa 1943.
Department of Defense
Thousands of American women moved west to take advantage of wartime employment opportunities during WWII. For some, this version of the California dream was temporary; for others, it lasted a lifetime.
Daniel Day-Lewis won the 2012 Academy Award for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln. Is Spielberg’s historical drama a good way to learn about the 16th U.S. president?
History movies may have Oscar potential, but their educational potential is more complicated. Should teachers use Hollywood to teach?
The grave of women’s suffrage leader Susan B. Anthony is covered with ‘I Voted’ stickers.
Clinton won women by 12 points and lost men by 12 -- creating a 24-point 'gender gap.' While that's the largest gender gap in history, the record shows that female voters were always different.
Woman with slave girl in the mid 19th century, New Orleans.
More than 150 years of scholarship and activism hasn't brought us any closer to consensus.