Imagine having a bathroom of gold or rerouting an entire train track and moving a town in order to avoid the sight of train smoke. These weren’t the actions of finicky royals, but instead a reality for tycoons and socialites during the Gilded Age. Read more about the outrageous ways people spent their money.
Henrietta Wood’s story of enslavement and kidnapping is not unique. However, her story is one-of-a-kind due to the fact that she won a civil suit against her kidnapper and was awarded reparations.
Firefighting may not exist as we know it without Benjamin Franklin. Watch the video to learn how we have some of our most famous founding fathers to thank for our fire safety standards.
Few maps detail the early interactions of the indigenous people of Mexico and early Spanish colonists as much as the Codex Quetzalecatzin. Made using traditional Aztec methods and showing Spanish influences, this map shows the effect of two cultures colliding.
Learn about the significance of textiles and knitting in protest movements throughout history, and how people continue to use the craft to fight for causes they believe in.
Philosophy professor Nick Smith recounts the history of apologies made by national governments, and reflects on their significance.
Watch this video to learn about the Women’s Suffrage Parade—the first mass protest for a woman’s right to vote.
Read about one billionaire’s response to the student loan debt problems facing the country and how African American graduates are disproportionately affected.
The author of this opinion piece shares his perspective on how the world has changed as a result of the 9/11 attacks.
Learn about some of the many accomplishments of the “buffalo soldiers,” 19th-century regiments of African American troops formed after the Civil War.
While scientists don’t believe there is a giant monster hiding out in Loch Ness, they are considering what creatures could live there based on DNA testing.
Read about the great Irish Potato Famine, how it affected the Irish people, and how it contributed to a mass migration to the U.S.
Listen to this radio report to learn about the Cherokee Nation’s bid to claim a U.S. Congress delegate seat.
The Holocaust Memorial Museum seeks to digitize over 200 diaries from victims of the Holocaust to help fight growing Holocaust denial and to shed light on firsthand accounts.
Two historians claim quilts may have contained encoded messages for enslaved people looking to escape through the Underground Railroad. Though others disagree, it is an intriguing idea.
Read this list to learn facts and quirks about our nation’s most famous document and the people who wrote it.
Though slavery was outlawed in the late 1800s, forced labor remained legal in the United States if someone was convicted of a crime. Langston Hughes wrote about such a loophole in his powerful essay examining the harshness of chain gangs.
Noor Inayat Khan turned spy to help the Allied forces fighting the Nazis during WWII.
Historically, colonizers gave names to the indigenous people of North America instead of using the names already in place. This continued imposition is inaccurate and at times insulting. Read the article to learn more about this problem.
Read about some famous historical moments and their impact on policies today regarding the struggle for LGBTQ rights.