History

The Story Behind the Ancient Map That Invented Red and Blue States
The country was just as polarized 125 years ago—except the colors were upside down
August 09, 2014

The country was just as polarized 125 years ago—except the colors were upside down.

What Andrew Wyeth Could Teach Modern Doctors About Practicing Medicine
The art of medicine is not so far from art
August 04, 2014

Andrew Wyeth rocketed to success after painting his sick, handicapped neighbor Christina.

Ira Glass Is a Philistine for Saying Shakespeare Sucks, But He's in Good Company
Why writers have spent centuries attacking the Bard
July 30, 2014

There's a long list of famous writers (Tolstoy!) who insulted Shakespeare's work.

Why the Doom and Gloom, America?
Today’s crises are no worse than many in U.S. history
July 15, 2014

Today’s crises are no worse than many in U.S. history.

Woodrow Wilson's Only Good Choice in WWI Was to Avoid It Altogether
July 07, 2014

Two historians debate America's entry into the First World War. 

Why Woodrow Wilson Was Right to Bet on World War I
July 06, 2014

Germany would almost certainly have won without his intervention.

Henry Fairlie on What Europeans Thought of Our Revolution
It really was a shot heard round the world.
July 04, 2014

It really was a shot heard round the world.

The Dangerous Lies We Tell About America's Founding
Myths may comfort us, but facts are our best weapon against Tea Party perversions
July 03, 2014

No, the American Revolution didn't begin with the "shot heard round the world." The facts matter.

Historians Fought About World War I the Moment It Began. They're Still Fighting.
July 03, 2014

From almost the opening shot, the Great War has been fought over by historians wishing to interpret and understand what happened and why. Their conflict is not over yet.

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