A postcard of a Duluth lynching, June 15, 1920

Lynching in America

A new report called Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror," documents 3,959 African Americans lynched between 1877 and 1950.

Nelson Mandela’s Release

February 11th marks a quarter century since the release of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)

The Surprising Colors of Snow

In mountain and other wilderness areas where deep snows last well into the spring, the snow may be tinted red, green, orange, or yellow.
Social Security cards and a sheet of budget numbers

Social Security at 75

The Social Security Act was signed into law in 1935.

A Short Guide to Iconoclasm in Early History

In the 8th century, the Eastern or Orthodox branch of Christianity gave history the word iconoclasm, from the Greek words for "icon smashing."

AT&T: Birth of the First Social Network

The first transcontinental telephone call was put through on January 25, 1915.

The Roots of Modern Police Work

The beginnings of modern police work have roots in the colonial experience in Ireland.

Privacy, Journalism, and the Gilded Age

The interview is now such a standard part of journalism that it may come as a surprise to read that the New York Times editorialized against it in 1874.

Orson Welles at 100

2015 marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Orson Welles.

Ancient Chemical Warfare

The lethal combination of chemistry and warfare has a long history.