Not Mathew Brady: The Civil War Photos of Andrew J. Russell
Will the real Civil War photographer please stand up?
The Long Afterlife of Freedman’s Village
Freedman's Village, created in Arlington, VA at the end of the Civil War, became a thriving community of Black residents as part of Reconstruction.
Whitewashing American History
One of the National Park Service's first historic preservation projects, the Colonial National Monument, wrote people of color completely out of the story.
Polar Expedition or Publicity Stunt?
Richard E. Byrd's 1928-1930 Antarctica Expedition was sponsored by mass media. Was it all about science and exploration -- or about Byrd's personal #brand?
The First Ugly Election: America, 1800
The 1800 election saw America's first contested presidential campaigns: Thomas Jefferson vs. John Adams.
Jackpot: For Colonial Slaves, Playing the Lottery Was a Chance at Freedom
Complaints that the lottery is a regressive tax on the poor have been around since the beginning of the lottery in America.
Indentured Servants and The Domestic Economy
Many 18th-century households included not only relatives and slaves, but also indentured servants, people sold into bondage for a specified length of time.
Origins of the Confederate Lost Cause
The mythos of the The Lost Cause of the Confederacy.
Meat and Potatoes: The Reminiscences of Alonzo Davis
In April 1863, the men of the 4th California infantry were hungry. They were posted at Drum Barracks ...