History Stories
AUTHOR: Erin Blakemore
California’s Little-Known Genocide
November 16, 2017

Up to 16,000 Native Americans were murdered in cold blood after California became a state. Read More

North Korea’s Devastating Famine
November 15, 2017

“The Arduous March” wiped out hundreds of thousands—perhaps millions—of North Koreans. Read More

The Firewood Shortage That Helped Give Birth to America
November 14, 2017

It was cheap, abundant, and unlimited…or so colonists thought. Read More

Native Americans Have General Sherman to Thank for Their Exile to Reservations
November 13, 2017

The Civil War hero brought his scorched-earth policy to the Plains—and wiped out Native Americans’ food supply. Read More

How the Orient Express Became the World’s Most Glamorous Train
November 10, 2017

Georges Nagelmackers had a dream—and he wasn’t afraid to copy Pullman to achieve it. Read More

Kristallnacht Started When This Diplomat Was Murdered in Cold Blood
November 9, 2017

Ernst vom Rath’s murder triggered a two-day pogrom against German Jews. Read More

Why German Soldiers Don’t Have to Obey Orders
November 7, 2017

The country's military is disobedient by design. Read More

Why the Navajo Nation Banned Genetic Research
November 3, 2017

A 15-year-old ban looks likely to fall, but misgivings will linger. Read More

Meet the Youngest Person Executed for Defying the Nazis
October 27, 2017

When Helmuth Hübener learned the truth about Nazi Germany, he spread the word—and paid the ultimate price. Read More

The Grisly Story of America’s Largest Lynching
October 25, 2017

Innocent Italian-Americans got caught in the crosshairs of a bigoted mob. Read More