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The House of Representatives chooses Panama over Nicaragua for America's ambitious plan to dig a canal.

How Lincoln wrote his great speech--told by someone who was there.

What exactly will be reconstructed?

What hath Mrs. O'Leary's cow wrought?

Two months after VE Day, Meyer Levin visits Europe and is astonished to find that the Continent's Jewish community has been annihilated. Even the few survivors can't believe it.

The Interstate Commerce Commission says yes to Jim Crow.

Five years after a massacre, a Salvadoran town still battles for survival against US-backed military forces.

Americans exercise their good sense by not caring much about the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson.

The agreement among the Big Three at the Crimean Conference could provide the road map for a lasting peace.

Ike's win in 1952 can be attributed to a case of national insecurity.


In the winter of 2011, a revolution begins across the Arab world when Tunisian President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali resigns following protests against government abuse and corruption.

January 14, 2015

Here is a little known fact about the famous "Letter From Birmingham Jail." 

January 20, 2014

It’s bad out there on Thanksgiving this year. A remembrance: in 1973, it was worse.

November 28, 2013

When momentum gathered to reign in the national security state in 1976, the powers that be struck back with a distraction campaign that worked.

July 2, 2013

Lincoln ordered the execution of thirty-eight Dakota Indians for rebellion—but never ordered the execution of Confederate officials or generals.

December 26, 2012

The McGovern campaign marked a turning point in many lives, including John Lennon’s.

October 21, 2012

The ultimate "realist" goes a bit too far.

December 11, 2010

Upton Sinclair led one of the greatest mass movements in US history, and his political career has a lot to teach us about politics today.

October 12, 2010

A tale of two attacked cities, or the differences between New York and Oklahoma City.

September 24, 2010

Today is the 39th anniversary of the killings of four student antiwar protesters at Kent State University.

May 4, 2009