Fistfights broke out in Congress in 1850 over whether the territories just won in the Mexican War should be slave or free—and only a last-minute series of compromises prevented catastrophe
A historian of American portraits tells how he determines whether a picture is authentic—and why that authenticity matters
The framers of the Constitution were proud of what they had done but might be astonished that their words still carry so much weight. A distinguished scholar tells us how the great charter has survived and flourished.
He had all the right qualities. Only the time was wrong.
When four aristocratic blackquards were jailed for a brutal murder, justice seemed triumphant. But these were no ordinary criminals, and justice needed eloquent help
As the frontier moved westward and wildlife declined, the tireless Audubon drove himself to record its wonders