Making Claims

How claims records and other documents serve as historical sources.

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.

Reading the Landscape

For the past two months, I have been on a researching road trip through the West and Southwest—Colorado, ...

Visualizing History

What can visual images tell us about the past? For most historians (who are not art historians), the ...

The Origins of the Secret Service

Where did the Secret Service come from?

Finding Your Place in Letters

For scholars of American history, letter-writing makes historical research possible.

Finding Your Place by Looking at Maps

American maps in the early 19th century.

Adventures in Historical Research

Megan Kate Nelson, a historian of Civil War and the American Southwest, is behind the (Un)Catalogued Column for JSTOR Daily.
Empty Headstones

Green Burial and the North-South Divide

In the next 25 years, the Baby Boom generation will generate a death boom, with estimated funeral costs ...