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Two hundred years ago, the conflict in which the U.S. seized the Deep South from its Native inhabitants was a turning point in American history, but it is largely forgotten today.

Sixty years ago, Jack Ruby shot Kennedy assassin Lee Harvey Oswald. What was his motive? The Warren Commission lawyer who investigated Ruby reveals the killer’s state of mind.

My grandparents were murdered during the Osage Reign of Terror. It took my family generations to recover.

“I will leave this house only if I am dead,” the prominent New York doctor told his ex-wife, who was seeking half the value of their Manhattan townhouse in a divorce.

Classic Essays from Our Archives

Did Castro OK The Kennedy Assassination? | Winter 2009, Vol 58, No 6

By Gus Russo

Incriminating new evidence has come to light in KGB files and the authors' interviews of former Cuban intelligence officers that indicates Fidel Castro probably knew in advance of Oswald's intent to kill JFK.


Growing Up Colored | Summer 2012, Vol 62, No 2

By Henry Louis Gates Jr.

The noted writer and educator tells of his boyhood in the West Virginia town of Piedmont, where African Americans were second-class citizens but family pride ran deep.

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Did Sally Hemings and Thomas Jefferson Love Each Other? | Fall 2008, Vol 58, No 5

By Annette Gordon-Reed

To call it loaded question does not begin to do justice to the matter, given America’s tortured racial history and its haunting legacy.

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Who Invented Scalping? | April 1977, Vol 28, No 3

By James Axtell

In recent years many voices—both Native-American and white—have questioned whether Indians did in fact invent scalping. What is the evidence?


How My Father and President Kennedy Saved The World | October 2002, Vol 53, No 5

By Sergei Khrushchev

The Cuban Missile Crisis as seen from the Kremlin


    Today in History

  • Hiram Revels first African-American in Congress

    Hiram Revels becomes the first African-American in Congress after he is elected to represent Mississippi in the Senate by the Mississippi state legislature. Revels, born a free man in North Carolina, was an ordained minister in the African Methodist Episcopal Church, served as a chaplain to Union soldiers during the Civil War, and helped recruit Union soldiers in Maryland and Missouri. 

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  • John F. Dulles born

    American diplomat John Foster Dulles is born in Washington, D.C. Dulles, an attorney by trade, represented the United States at both the Versailles Conference after World War I and the San Francisco Conference, where the United Nations Charter was established. Dulles is best known for serving as Secretary of State under President Eisenhower, as he redefined American Cold War policy.

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