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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.

Kate Mullany's former home in Troy, New York honors one of the earliest women's labor unions that sought fair pay and safe working conditions.

One of the defining images of World War II continues to be trailed by controversy.

Classic Essays from Our Archives

Range Practice | Februrary 1968, Vol 19, No 2

By Dean Acheson

Our former Secretary of State recalls his service fifty years ago in the Connecticut National Guard—asthmatic horses, a ubiquitous major, and a memorable

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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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1619: The Year That Shaped America  | Winter 2019, Vol 64, No 1

By James Horn

Four hundred years ago this year, two momentous events happened in Britain’s fledgling colony in Virginia: the New World’s first democratic assembly convened, and an English privateer brought kidnapped Africans to sell as slaves. Such were the conflicted origins of modern America.


A Yankee Among The War Lords | October 1970, Vol 21, No 6

By Barbara W. Tuchman

First of the Three Parts from STILWELL THE AMERICAN EXPERIENCE IN CHINA 1911-1945

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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?


    Today in History

  • FDR attends Tehran Conference

    President Franklin Roosevelt meets with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Premier Josef Stalin at the Soviet Embassy in Tehran, Iran to discuss military strategy and the possibility of opening a second front in Europe. Iran was important to the Allies because it allowed the American and British supplies to be passed to the Soviet Union.

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  • Battle of Cane Hill

    Union forces led by Brigadier General James G. Blunt defeat a smaller Confederate force at the Battle of Cane Hill in northwestern Arkansas. The Union victory helped secure northern Arkansas despite numerous Confederate attempts to drive Federal soldiers from the state. 

  • First American car race

    The Duryea Motor Wagon wins the first American automobile race, beating five other racers in a 54-mile race from Chicago to Evanston, Illinois, and back. In the year following the race, the Duryeas sold more automobiles than any other American company, certainly helped by winning the Chicago Times-Herald road race.