History Stories
I Was There For Robert Kennedy’s Electrifying Speech about MLK’s Murder
April 20, 2018

Mary Evans was just 16 years old when she attended a rally for presidential hopefull, Robert F. Kennedy. The experience changed her life. Read More

How Columbia’s Student Uprising of 1968 Was Sparked by a Segregated Gym
April 20, 2018

The ‘Gym Crow’ controversy became a flashpoint at an already volatile university. Read More

The Complicated History of Cannabis in the US
April 20, 2018

American colonists were once encouraged to grow and cultivate cannabis for hemp, but it all changed when the plant's more "medicinal" uses were discovered. Read More

The Sex Scandal That Ruined Alexander Hamilton’s Chances of Becoming President
April 20, 2018

Hamilton torpedoed his own presidential ambitions for good in 1797, when he published a tell-all pamphlet about the sordid details of his earlier affair with a married woman, Maria Reynolds, and the blackmail payments he made to her husband to cover up the affair. Read More

See America’s First Memorial to its 4,400 Lynching Victims
April 20, 2018

A new memorial and museum in Montgomery, Alabama, challenges the nation to acknowledge its crimes. Read More

How Anne Boleyn Lost Her Head
April 20, 2018

Found guilty of charges including adultery, incest and conspiracy against the king, on May 19, 1536 Anne Boleyn was beheaded by a French swordsman. Read More

Life for the Average Family During the Great Depression
April 19, 2018

The Great Depression, the worst economic downturn in modern history, profoundly affected the daily life of American families in ways large and small. Read More

How the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Inspired Rebellion in a Nazi Death Camp
April 19, 2018

The Treblinka uprising put a stop to the Holocaust’s second deadliest camp. Read More

How the Castro Family Dominated Cuba for Nearly 60 Years
April 18, 2018

In April 2018, it was announced that the island nation long ruled by dictator Fidel Castro and his family would get a new leader: Miguel Díaz-Canel. Read More

Oklahoma City Bombing: What Happened After the Smoke and Dust Cleared
April 18, 2018

Two disgruntled Americans detonated a truck bomb in Oklahoma City on April 19, 1995, killing 168 people. It was, at the time, the biggest terror attack in U.S. history—and set off the nation’s most massive F.B.I. manhunt. Read More