History

Northern Ireland's Troubles Are Over. But That Doesn't Mean I Am at Peace.
Gerry Adams's arrest awakens a journalist's awful childhood memories
May 08, 2014

Gerry Adams's arrest awakens a journalist's awful childhood memories.

Thomas Jefferson Was a Muslim
A candidate was accused of being a closet Muslim. In the 18th century, not the 21st.
April 25, 2014

In the smear campaign before the U.S. presidential election, a candidate was accused of being a closet Muslim. The time was the 18th century, not the 21st.

These Newsreels Tell the History of the 20th Century
April 23, 2014

Eighty-five thousand historic newsreels were uploaded to YouTube. The author of The Biographical Dictionary of Films tells you what to watch. 

Ukrainian Extremists Will Only Triumph if Russia Invades
April 17, 2014

It is the propaganda of the postwar period, much more than the experience of the war itself, that counts in the memory of Ukrainian politics of today—and that will affect the country's fate.

Celebrating LBJ Amounts to Imperial Myopia
April 15, 2014

To award LBJ a place in the liberal “pantheon,” one has to be afflicted with a kind of nationalist, if not imperial, myopia.

I'm OK With Calling LBJ a "Liberal Hero" (and No, I'm Not Ignoring Vietnam)
April 15, 2014

The guy achieved major liberal reforms in a country that fights them tooth and nail. Stop maligning him.

The National Women's History Museum Needs to Focus on Getting a Museum Built
A CEO responds: It's unfair to prejudge a museum that doesn't exist—yet
April 09, 2014

The CEO of the organization building a women's history museum on the Mall responds to critics

The National Women's History Museum Apparently Doesn't Much Care for Women's Historians
April 06, 2014

No actual historians are on staff—and that's led to some serious inaccuracies.

The Evolution of the Death Penalty in One Map
March 23, 2014

Watch the death penalty evolve from 1887 until present day. 

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