This article explains how Rulfo’s childhood experiences during a violent period in Mexico’s history inspired “Tell Them Not to Kill Me!” and other notable short stories.
According to author Mark Jenkins, modern adventure is safer than you think—once you know the difference between legitimate danger and irrational fear.
The late Garry Davis, a former bomber pilot haunted by his World War II experiences, hoped to unite all of mankind by eliminating national boundaries.
In Walden, Henry Thoreau mentions that the woods he lived in were also home to people who had escaped from slavery. Read this article to learn more about the lives of African Americans living around Walden Pond.
Learn why this election, which is sometimes called the “Revolution of 1800,” was a milestone in the history of American politics.
In the late 19th century, some families in the United States grew fabulously rich from the country’s industrialization. Read about the “Gilded Age,” Mark Twain’s term for the excesses of wealthy people during this period.
In Los Angeles, an anthropologist is using equations to teach police about how street gangs operate.
This article profiles Elizabeth Packard, a woman forced into an insane asylum by her husband during the Civil War. After her release, she became a women’s rights activist who argued that the condition of women was similar to slavery.
In this essay, Arthur Miller describes how he prepared to write his famous play by immersing himself in the world of the Salem witch trials.
New England industrialists hired thousands of young women from farms to work together in early textile mills—and spawned a host of unintended consequences.
Noted mediator William Ury describes the “third side,” a technique for resolving conflict in trouble spots such as the Middle East.
In his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, Steve Jobs tells graduating students that the key to his success was finding out what he loved.
In Stockholm, Sweden, educators are using a controversial approach to shield young children from gender stereotypes.
How did enslaved people fight against their condition? This timeline gives information about the major escape operations and rebellions from slavery that occurred in the Western Hemisphere.
Historian Gary Wills discusses the significance of the Gettysburg Address.
Joseph Ellis, a Pulitzer Prize–winning historian, explores the issues of regional power and slavery that overshadowed the Constitutional Convention in 1789. Through hard bargaining, delegates such as Benjamin Franklin and James Madison drafted a Constitution that has endured for centuries. However, their compromises planted the seeds of the Civil War.
People have been immigrating to America for tens of thousands of years. Use this interactive timeline to see how immigration patterns have changed over time.
Read or listen to one of the most important speeches by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Diane Ackerman contemplates the wildlife that creeps into our urban habitats.
After Anne Frank’s death, her father married the mother of Eva Schloss, who had gone into hiding with her family and survived a concentration camp. In this interview, Schloss talks about her experiences growing up as Anne Frank’s stepsister.