Four U.S. presidents have been assassinated while in office - all were brought down by gunfire. And each of these presidential assassinations helped usher in a wave of important reforms and a new political era.
The very existence of the V.A.—which began in 1930—marked a change in how Americans perceived the people who fought its wars.
How freed slave Mary Bowser and abolitionist Elizabeth Van Lew teamed up to spy on Confederate President Jefferson Davis and got away with it.
Stamps have often invited debate—usually for reasons the post office never anticipated.
Slavery was so profitable, it sprouted more millionaires per capita in the Mississippi River valley than anywhere in the nation.
For one thing, things were a little confusing in Texas.
Jefferson Davis fled Richmond with multiple wagons filled with gold and silver. When he was captured, he had almost nothing. Where did the loot go?
The fears he raised about the future of the nation—including excessive debt, hyper-partisanship and foreign interference in elections—were remarkably prescient.
They cried. They reminisced. The master told Douglass he would have run away, too.
From ancient Rome to contemporary Paris, the flexing of military muscle is a longstanding tradition.