The backfire effect is when people double-down on their beliefs even when these beliefs are shown to be factually incorrect.
Jeanette Rankin was the first woman to become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. And she once tried to outlaw war.
Sanctuary cities like New York and Los Angeles protect undocumented migrants from deportation. The concept behind them has ancient and religious roots.
The historical debate about the nature of Woodrow Wilson's health is intertwined with questions about his self-righteous character.
On the 250 anniversary of Andrew Jackson's birth, a look at his squashing of the first great nullification crisis in American history.
Abortion was first criminalized in the U.S. in the mid-19th century. A key argument was that too many white women were ending their pregnancies.
Many are speculating about what former president Barack Obama will do in his retirement. Perhaps he will stay as politically involved as John Quincy Adams.
The Freedom of Information Act of 1966 (or FOIA) was the result of a struggle by Congress and private business for information from the executive branch.
The Articles of Confederation set off the long-running feud between states' rights and Washington, a debate that still rages today.
Lincoln or Omaha or... Neapolis? The fight over where to put the capital of Nebraska was much more heated than you may have imagined.