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Our research reveals that 19 artworks in the U.S. Capitol honor men who were Confederate officers or officials. What many of them said, and did, is truly despicable.

Chief Justice Roger Taney made his contribution to the ideology of white supremacy when he asserted that blacks were a people apart, beyond the promise of the Declaration and the guarantees of the Constitution. 

While his brother Tecumseh was assembling the greatest Indian confederation the U.S. would ever confront, the “Prophet” launched a fateful preemptive attack in Indiana Territory.

When the leading European naturalist visited America and met with Thomas Jefferson, it had a profound impact on the young nation.

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We nearly lost our first president to the flu. The country could have died, too, by Gillian Brockell In 1790, George Washington fell severely ill, threatening his life and the young nation he led.
Yes, Women Could Vote After The 19th Amendment — But Not All Women. Or Men, by Melissa Block Even after that milestone, millions of people — women and men alike — were still excluded from the vote, as many barriers to suffrage remained.
I’m a Historian. I See Reason to Fear—And to Hope, by Joanne Freeman We can’t assume that all will be fine in the end, but history shows us that times of unrest are opportunities, too.
The Mask Slackers of 1918, by Christine Hauser As the influenza pandemic swept across the United States in 1918 and 1919, masks took a role in political and cultural wars.
How a Lincoln-Douglass Debate Led to Historic Discovery, by Ted Mann Texting exchange by two professors led to Frederick Douglass letter on Emancipation Memorial
In 'Hamilton', Angelica Schuyler's husband is called 'not a lot of fun.' Here's his real story, by Daryl Austin While the play's creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, has delivered Hamilton his long-overdue public acclaim, many other historical figures are overlooked or represented in a less-than-flattering manner throughout the production.

    Today in History

  • Roe v. Wade decision

    The United States Supreme Court rules in favor of plaintiff 'Jane Roe' in Roe vs. Wade, effectively legalizing abortion in all 50 states. Citing a woman's "right to privacy" as guaranteed in the Ninth and Thirteenth Amendments, the Court ruled that the right to have an abortion must be balanced against the state's interests to protect the mother and the unborn fetus.

  • Unabomber pleads guilty in federal court

    Dr. Ted Kaczynski, the "Unabomber", pleads guilty to all federal charges against him, including three homicides. Kaczynski, a former mathematics professor at the University of California, Berkeley, sent 16 bombs to universities and airlines from his remote cabin in Montana. He is currently incarcerated at a federal supermax prison in Florence, Colorado.