In September 1862, the South hoped to end the war by invading Maryland just before the mid-term elections. But its hopes were dashed after the bloodiest day in American history.
In the hills above Johnstown, the old South Fork dam had failed. Down the Little Conemaugh came the torrent, sweeping away everything in its path.
He became the dean of American historians after learning his craft working five years on the staff of American Heritage.
By artfully illustrating the boundaries of colonial powers, mapmakers in the 1700s helped define what our New World would become.
In 1928, an attempt to land the first men on the North Pole ended in tragedy when the airship Italia crashed, sparking the largest polar-rescue mission in history.
The legacy of Fannie Lou Hamer’s life was her belief that the United States could indeed live up to its ideals.