From the Archives

If Lincoln Hadn’t Died. . .

Would the disastrous Reconstruction era have taken a different course?

The Lowest Ebb

Blamed for the misdeeds of others, President Grant left his name on America's sorriest Administration


Custer and Sitting Bull

Fate brought Custer and Sitting Bull together one bloody June evening at the Little Bighorn—and marked the end of the Wild West


When Congress Tried To Rule

Was it, as Navy Secretary Welles believed, "a conspiracy to overthrow the government"?


The Pluck Heard 'round the World

After Watson tweaked a transmitter reed, Bell invented the telephone

Why They Impeached Andrew Johnson

One of the saddest tales in American history tells how a well-intentioned President lost a dazzling opportunity