A symbol for American values and freedom, the Statue of Liberty has been used as a tool to promote the goals of protestors throughout history.
Have elections, uprisings, and political protests across the globe led to a decline in authoritarian goverments in recent years? This article takes a look at worldwide trends and examines what happens when dictators are removed from power.
Despite his many accomplishments, Colin Powell may be best known for a decision that helped spur U.S. military involvement in Iraq. Read about how he evaluated that choice at the time and what he has learned from it.
Anne Frank’s childhood friend—whose mother married Anne Frank’s father after the war—discusses her experiences during the Holocaust and their lifelong effects.
Man-made disasters are entirely preventable. Watch this video to find out why the warning signs of a deadly chain of events in 20th-century Italy were ignored.
In this interview, a historian sets the record straight about Abraham Lincoln’s bold move.
Learn about an Aztec legend by getting an up-close look at a terrifying statue.
The Emancipation Proclamation may have freed slaves, but many former slaves and their descendants still faced hatred and brutality in the form of lynching. Read how one museum aims to preserve the memory of these victims.
When American democracy was still in its infancy, it was put to the test when George Washington stepped down as president. Read about how this ultimately strengthened the nation.
Journalists in war zones have one of the most dangerous—and compelling—of jobs. Learn about a pioneering woman who worked as a war correspondent from the dawn of World War II.
Find out why fiction works well as a way to explore the still-uncertain outcomes of the 2011 Arab Spring movement.
In the years since Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans has rebuilt and improved its system for protecting against flooding. Will the city’s defenses hold up in the event of another powerful storm?
Vampire stories began way before Dracula. Find out about the real-life afflictions that made people believe frightening tales.
Alexander Hamilton was a man of many talents, abilities, and flaws. Read the article for a deeper look into this complicated founding father.
Imagine if simply going to school was an act of defiance. For the women in the article, it was. Read the article to learn more about the battles fought for desegregation.
The fate of the lost colony of Roanoke has become the stuff of legend. However, many lesser-known colonies also struggled and failed. Explore the interactive map to learn more.
American immigration policy has always been a contentious issue. Read this article, which details a history of exclusionary actions against Chinese immigrants, to gain a better understanding of America’s tumultuous past.
What happened after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued? Learn about the various organizations formed and laws passed to help transition African Americans out of slavery, and consider how successful those efforts were.
During the Civil War, when photography was a new medium, a minister and amateur historian raced to capture images of the last surviving veterans of the American Revolution.
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.