History Stories
This 14th-Century African Emperor Remains the Richest Person in History
March 19, 2018

Forget today’s tech billionaires, the wealth of Mansa Musa of Mali was too vast to be imagined—or equaled. Read More

Poorhouses Were Designed to Punish People for Their Poverty
January 30, 2018

In a time before social services, society’s most vulnerable people were hidden away in brutal institutions. Read More

British Royals Hid Crown Jewels From Nazis in a Cracker Box
January 12, 2018

Queen Elizabeth II had no idea about this top-secret operation until recently. Read More

Financial Fads That Give Bitcoin a Run For Its Money
December 11, 2017

Could the bitcoin bubble burst like other investment crazes before it? Read More

Before the One Percent, Americans Resented the “Upper Ten”
July 21, 2017

It's a pithy term that sparked outrage among rich and poor New Yorkers during the 19th century. Read More

What the Bank of England Got Wrong about Jane Austen
July 19, 2017

The new £10 bank note is based on a portrait that was made of Austen after she died. Read More

The Hidden History of the Nickel
May 16, 2016

Explore the surprising history behind the evolution of the nickel. Read More

Tubman Will Replace Jackson on the $20
April 21, 2016

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob J. Lew has announced plans for the most sweeping makeover of U.S. currency in a century. Read More

Woman To Be Featured on Newly Redesigned $10 Bill, Treasury Announces
June 22, 2015

Last week, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew announced plans for a redesign of the $10 bill, marking the first time in more than a century that a woman will be featured on a U.S. bill. Read More

Should Harriet Tubman Replace Jackson on the $20 Bill?
May 13, 2015

A grassroots campaign to put a woman from American history on the $20 has announced the results of an online poll to choose its desired candidate. Read More