History Stories
AUTHOR: Erin Blakemore
For Centuries, Supporting Veterans Was a Political Minefield
April 25, 2018

The very existence of the V.A.—which began in 1930—marked a change in how Americans perceived the people who fought its wars. Read More

How Anita Hill’s Confirmation Hearing Testimony Brought Workplace Sexual Harassment to Light
April 23, 2018

Few observers expected the issue of whether Clarence Thomas should serve on the U.S. Supreme Court to become a firestorm—and a national referendum on sexual harassment. Read More

The 19th Century’s Last Survivor Is Dead at 117
April 23, 2018

When Nabi Tajima was born, there was no such thing as an electric traffic light, a radio, a television, or a handheld calculator. 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

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

Bill Clinton Once Struck a Nuclear Deal With North Korea
April 17, 2018

It was forged against all odds—but couldn’t survive the heat of public disapproval. Read More

13-Year-Old Uncovers Silver Treasure of Viking King Bluetooth
April 16, 2018

Bluetooth technology is named after a Viking leader thought to be linked to the find. Read More

How Photos Became a Weapon in Stalin’s Great Purge
April 13, 2018

Stalin didn’t have Photoshop—but that didn’t keep him from wiping the traces of his enemies from the history books. Even the famous photo of Soviet soldiers raising their flag after the Battle of Berlin was altered. Read More

Mary Todd Lincoln Became a Laughingstock After Her Husband’s Assassination
April 13, 2018

After President Lincoln's death, the First Lady's public grieving was seen as evidence that she was an improper woman. Read More