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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.

The award-winning photojournalist broke gender barriers and was the first American female reporter killed in combat in Vietnam.

The president worried that his grandson had “an unconquerable indolence of temper, and a dereliction, in fact, to all study.”

Classic Essays from Our Archives

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.

hemings jefferson

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.

Henry Louis Gates and family

The Man of the Century | May/June 1994, Vol 45, No 3

By Arthur Schlesinger Jr.

Of all the Allied leaders, argues FDR's biographer, only Roosevelt saw clearly the shape of the new world they were fighting to create

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Ike's Son Remembers George S. Patton Jr. | Summer 2012, Vol 62, No 2

By John D. Eisenhower

The author, who once served under General Patton and whose father, Dwight D. Eisenhower, was Patton's commanding officer, shares his memories of "Ol' Blood and Guts"

Gen. George Patton

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.


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

horse-drawn artillery

    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.