Searching for Emmett Mills

In spring 1920, three men disembarked from a train in a high desert town. They had come on behalf of their friend Anson Mills, who had asked them to find his brother's grave.

Rediscovering the Guastavinos

Rediscovering the Gustavinos contributions to architecture.

Kurds: In the Middle of the Middle East

A brief history of Kurds and Middle Eastern politics.

Escapist Humor in East and West Berlin

Humor in East and West Berlin before the wall came down.

Making Claims

How claims records and other documents serve as historical sources.

The Influence of Wars on American Politics

What does war do to domestic American politics?

A Hell of a Cracker

The unusual origin of the graham cracker

A Complicated Man: John Baylor’s Letters to His Family

How could John Baylor have done such terrible thing and simultaneously be so effusively affectionate in his letters home?

The Early American Origins of Political Terms

What does stump speech and pork barrel mean? A short lexicon of American political terms.

Remembering and Representing Alan Turing

A 1955 obituary of Turing from the Royal Society is fascinating for what it leaves out of the first draft of history.