Anthropologist Margaret Paxson writes about her struggle to quantify peace and ultimately argues that peace is knowable.
See photos retracing the route of Gandhi’s famous Salt March and learn about the photographer’s experience in this interview.
In their desperation, runaway slaves found creative ways to hide and escape. This article tells the stories of slaves who shipped themselves to freedom in crates and of others who found safe haven in the Great Dismal Swamp of North Carolina.
Elie Wiesel, author of Night and human rights advocate, died in July of 2016. The author of this opinion post suggests that Wiesel’s work has a particularly strong impact on young people.
In this book review, Laura Miller draws connections between the Transcendentalists of the 19th century and individualist movements of the 1960s and 1970s.
In this review of Woody Holton’s book Abigail Adams, we learn more about the First Lady who often reminded her husband to “remember the ladies.” Although the changes of her time had yet to extend to women, Abigail Adams was standing up for her own and other women’s rights.
On Independence Day in 1867, an estimated 10,000 African Americans gathered in Lexington, Kentucky, to hear prominent civil rights leaders speak. Read this article for an account of the almost-forgotten event.
In this article, Rob Wile compares the early European settlers to today’s entrepreneurs. Read to find out how the two compare.
This article examines some of Frederick Douglass’s writings in which he describes how slave owners made use of food (and hunger) as a way of manipulating their slaves.
Will Anne Frank ever be forgotten? As the Holocaust fades further into history, some historians are working to make sure that future generations don’t get the facts wrong or lose sight of its importance.
A professor tackles some of the most enduring misconceptions Americans hold about the institution of slavery.
In today’s media-saturated political climate, it’s hard to imagine a world in which in news about government policies, court cases, and elected officials was relegated to print news sources. Read this article to learn about some of the ways in which television has impacted American politics.
Did you know that many American slaves fought for England during the Revolutionary War? They were promised their freedom if they did, and many took the offer. Read this article to learn more about slaves’ participation in the Revolutionary War.
Read about the Klondike Gold Rush, which lured tens of thousands of gold-seekers into the harsh Yukon Territory, including Jack London.
Watch a video on, and read about, the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights marches.
Labor organizer Cesar Chavez was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom for working to improve working and living conditions for migrant farm workers. Learn how he found the courage to speak out, organize a farm workers’ union, and lead nonviolent marches and boycotts of California table grape growers.
At the time of the Civil War, cameras were too slow to capture scenes of the battles. Illustrator Alfred Rudolph Waud was among the artists who provide first-hand visuals at the Battle of Bull Run and other key battles.
Poe’s death is an unsolved mystery. This article present nine theories for the demise of this famous American writer.
In Phoenix, Arizona, a new program allows people to learn about Navajo traditions and stories. Children and their families hear traditional Navajo stories that help them learn more about their roots.
Learn why our founding documents say next to nothing about the democratic principle of economic security.