History

Does the Gettysburg Address Distract Us from the Real Lincoln?
A prominent historian on the politician behind the oratory
November 18, 2013

Tuesday marks the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address. In this 2009 essay, historian Sean Wilentz argues that we have let Lincoln's feats of oratory—like the Gettysburg Address—overshadow his political achievements.

A Kind Word for Ted Cruz: America Was Built on Extremism
How unpopular opinions move history forward
October 29, 2013

American politics is a famously contentious theater, especially today. But the vast majority of liberals, conservatives, and Washington journalists all seem to agree that “extremism” is appalling and should be eradicated.

This Is What Happens When Historians Overuse the Idea of the Network
October 25, 2013

In the so-called “global turn” in contemporary historiography, it has not been enough simply to study the way Western powers have affected the rest of the world. The task has also been to show how the rest of the world affected the West. And it has been a matter of applying, even to quite distant historical periods, the controlling metaphor of the digital age: the “network.” Yet a remarkable amount is absent as well.

How the French Revolution Gave Us the Cult of Genius
October 19, 2013

How the idea of genius became the basis for political power

Inside Lee Harvey Oswald's Lost Soviet Days
October 14, 2013

Although Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassination of President Kennedy in 1963 is one of the most infamous events in American history, Oswald’s brief defection to the Soviet Union remains a relatively understudied chapter in the assassin’s life.

American History in Panorama
October 06, 2013

With the advance of cameras that spanned 150 degrees and over, America got a whole new way to depict itself.

10 Video Games That Made History for Their Amazing Graphics
September 23, 2013

With the release of Grand Theft Auto V last week, we’ve yet another opportunity to marvel at how far video games have come since the prehistoric days of the late 1970s.

Americans Were War-Weary Long Before Iraq
September 16, 2013

"America may have lost its stomach for military intervention," Charles Blow wrote recently in the New York Times.

OK, We're Hypocrites! It's Irrelevant to the Syria Debate.
August 26, 2013

Foreign Policy's website has an excellent report on the C.I.A.'s disgraceful backing of Saddam Hussein during the time that he used chemical weapons against Iran. In 1988, as Shane Harris and Matthew M.

The Forgotten March on Washington
It never happened—but still had more impact than today's reenactment
August 24, 2013

From the outset, recognition of the fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington has been a matter of ratios: congratulation to critique, historical reflection to contemporary concerns.

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