History | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenMon, 05 Dec 2016 17:13:20 +0000This Lady Scientist Defined the Greenhouse Effect But Didn’t Get the Credit, Because Sexismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/lady-scientist-helped-revolutionize-climate-science-didnt-get-credit-180961291/Eunice Foote’s career highlights the subtle forms of discrimination that have kept women on the sidelines of science Mon, 05 Dec 2016 17:13:20 +0000The Children of Pearl Harborhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/children-pearl-harbor-180961290/Military personnel weren't the only people attacked on December 7, 1941Mon, 05 Dec 2016 16:42:04 +0000Chief Justice, Not President, Was William Howard Taft’s Dream Jobhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/chief-justice-not-president-was-william-howard-tafts-dream-job-180961279/The 27th president arguably left a more lasting mark on the nation as leader of the Supreme CourtMon, 05 Dec 2016 13:34:27 +0000The Best Books About Food of 2016http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/best-books-about-food-2016-180961263/Looking for the perfect gift for the food lover in your life? Any of these suggestions will hit the spotThu, 01 Dec 2016 17:07:03 +0000A Rare Insider's View of Native American Life in Mid-20th-Century Oklahomahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/rare-insiders-view-native-life-mid-20th-century-oklahoma-180961222/Horace Poolaw's photography is unearthed at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000What You Need to Know First to Understand the Russian Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-you-need-know-understand-russian-revolution-180961214/Read this first in a series of columns chronicling what led to that 1917 cataclysmMon, 28 Nov 2016 18:56:14 +0000The Typos on This Dead Sea Scroll Don't Mean It's Fakehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/typos-on-dead-sea-scroll-dont-mean-its-fake/When the Dead Sea copper scroll was unveiled, doubts were quickly raised about its authenticity. For one thing, it was riddled with spelling errorsMon, 28 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why Queen Elizabeth II's Marriage Was Met With Suspicionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-queen-elizabeth-iis-marriage-was-questioned/The marriage of Queen Elizabeth II to Prince Philip is now widely regarded as a symbol of enduring unionFri, 25 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000How Accurate Is the Movie “Allied”?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-accurate-movie-allied-180961206/The best spies won’t leave behind an evidence trail, but then how will audiences know what’s true and what’s fiction?Wed, 23 Nov 2016 17:33:49 +0000Where Did Harriet Tubman Escape to and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/harriet-tubman-escape-ask-smithsonian-180961148/You asked, we answeredTue, 22 Nov 2016 19:53:50 +0000A Photographic Chronicle of America's Working Poorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/photographic-chronicle-america-working-poor-180961147/<i>Smithsonian</i> journeyed from Maine to California to update a landmark study of American lifeTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:30:01 +0000How (Almost) Everyone Failed to Prepare for Pearl Harborhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-almost-everyone-failed-prepare-pearl-harbor-1-180961144/The high-stakes gamble and false assumptions that detonated Pearl Harbor 75 years agoTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:10:00 +0000The Christmas Tale Spoken Record That Launched the Audiobookhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/christmas-tale-first-audiobook-180961152/Narrated by Dylan Thomas, the album would go on to sell 400,000 copiesTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000Untangling the History of Christmas Lightshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/untangling-history-christmas-lights-180961140/This bright idea was ahead of its timeTue, 22 Nov 2016 17:00:00 +0000Mystery Solved: A Michigan Woman Says She Mailed Civil War Letters to the Post Officehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mystery-solved-michigan-woman-says-she-mailed-civil-war-letters-post-office-180961185/Smithsonian curator Nancy Pope learns how and why these letters showed up in the mail 153 years laterTue, 22 Nov 2016 14:00:00 +0000A Smithsonian Scholar Revisits the Neglected History of the Chesapeake Bay's Native Tribeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/following-footsteps-capt-john-smith-smithsonian-scholar-finds-neglected-history-180960984/Revisiting Indian Nations of the ChesapeakeMon, 21 Nov 2016 21:41:45 +0000The Plymouth Hero You Should Really Be Thankful for This Thanksgivinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-edward-winslow-plymouth-hero-thanksgiving-180961174/Without Edward Winslow, we probably wouldn’t even be celebrating the holidayMon, 21 Nov 2016 17:58:47 +0000The Electoral College Has Been Divisive Since Day Onehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/electoral-college-has-been-divisive-day-one-180961171/It has always had the potential for chaos—one that hasn’t been tapped...yetMon, 21 Nov 2016 16:51:56 +0000New Book Clarifies Butter’s Spread and Chronicles Its Wars With Margarinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/new-book-clarifies-butters-spread-and-chronicles-its-wars-margarine-180961165/The story of milk agitated into greatness Mon, 21 Nov 2016 15:36:32 +0000Sidedoor: A Smithsonian Podcasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sidedoor-smithsonian-podcast-180961115/Stories from the Institution told in an innovative audio experienceFri, 18 Nov 2016 16:28:57 +0000This Photo Book Is a Reminder That the Civil Rights Movement Extended Far Beyond the Deep Southhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/book-entry-point-civil-rights-movement-beyond-south-180961045/Public historian Mark Speltz's new book is full of images that aren't typically part of the 1960s narrativeFri, 18 Nov 2016 16:08:40 +0000Space Archaeologist Sarah Parcak Uses Satellites to Uncover Ancient Egyptian Ruinshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/space-archaeologist-sarah-parcak-winner-smithsonians-history-ingenuity-award-180961120/The Indiana Jones of low Earth orbit harnesses 21st-century technology to uncover long-buried treasuresThu, 17 Nov 2016 16:00:00 +0000The Strange Case of George Washington’s Disappearing Sashhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/strange-case-george-washingtons-disappearing-sash-180961105/How an early (and controversial) symbol of the American republic was lost to the annals of historyWed, 16 Nov 2016 13:15:46 +0000In “Defending Freedom,” the Vanguards Who Refused to Be Suppressed Are Reunitedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/defending-freedom-unites-vanguards-who-refused-be-suppressed-180961021/At the African American History Museum, this exhibition graphically conveys the trials and triumphs in the battle for Civil RightsTue, 15 Nov 2016 20:41:27 +0000Why Was King Tut's Tomb Prepared in Such a Rush?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-was-king-tuts-tomb-prepared-in-such-a-r/When archeologists discovered mold formations in King Tut's tomb, they worried the sweat and breath of tourists were the causeTue, 15 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Secret History of Buying and Selling Hairhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/secret-history-buying-and-selling-hair-180961080/Globalization hit the hair trade centuries ago, and the business is still thrivingMon, 14 Nov 2016 15:42:07 +0000Chemical Weapons Dumped in the Ocean After World War II Could Threaten Waters Worldwidehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/decaying-weapons-world-war-II-threaten-waters-worldwide-180961046/How worried should we be? Chemists are racing the clock to find outFri, 11 Nov 2016 15:43:18 +0000Now We’ll Finally Get to See the American Revolution Through the Eyes of King Georgehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/now-well-finally-get-see-american-revolution-through-eyes-king-george-180961057/A treasure trove of nearly 350,000 documents, about to be released to the public, reveals new insights about how George III lost the coloniesThu, 10 Nov 2016 16:16:29 +0000A Heroic Mission to Disarm Nazi Snipers Goes Very Wronghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-heroic-mission-to-disarm-nazi-snipers-goes/Two British commandos impulsively storm a Nazi-occupied warehouse on the Norwegian island of VaagsoThu, 10 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Four Times the Results of a Presidential Election Were Contestedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rigged-vote-four-us-presidential-elections-contested-results-180961033/"Rigged" may not be the way to describe them, but there were definitely some shenanigans happeningTue, 08 Nov 2016 15:53:19 +0000If Only Ernie Had Seen It. Here's Why "Mr. Cub" Is Part of Last Night's Winhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/if-only-ernie-had-seen-it-heres-why-mr-cub-part-last-nights-win-180961005/From Smithsonian Books, a treasure of baseball history for those who can’t wait for spring trainingThu, 03 Nov 2016 16:01:51 +0000The Story Behind Che's Iconic Photohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/iconic-photography-che-guevara-alberto-korda-cultural-travel-180960615/Fashion photographer Alberto Korda took Che Guevara's pictures hundreds of times in the 1960s. One stuckThu, 03 Nov 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Swag and Swagger Behind American Presidential Campaigns http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/swagand-swaggerbehind-american-presidential-campaigns-180960991/From a coloring book to a painted axe, election ephemera remind us of the hard-fought elections of long agoThu, 03 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000Searching for Cuba's Pre-Columbian Rootshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/taino-indigenous-culture-pre-columbian-roots-archaeology-cuban-identity-cultural-travel-180960975/A newfound quest for identity has led some Cubans to reclaim their Taíno Indian heritageTue, 01 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Story of How McDonald’s First Got Its Starthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/story-how-mcdonalds-first-got-its-start-180960931/From the orange orchards of California, two brothers sought a fortune selling burgersTue, 01 Nov 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Brief History of the Rumbahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/rumba-brief-history-slavery-cuba-music-dance-cultural-travel-180960934/Born out of slavery in 19th-century Cuba, the lively music and dance form takes many shapesTue, 01 Nov 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Long, Unfortunate History of Racial Parody in America http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-unfortunate-history-racial-parody-america-180960947/Art historian Gwendolyn Dubois Shaw discusses the painful performative origins Mon, 31 Oct 2016 12:01:59 +0000Halloween Owes Its Tricks and Treats to the Ancient Celtic New Year's Evehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/halloween-owes-its-tricks-and-treats-celtic-new-years-eve-180960944/During Samhain, the deceased came to Earth in search of food and comfort, while evil spirits, faeries and gods came in search of mischiefFri, 28 Oct 2016 20:32:04 +0000Norman Lear Talks Art, Activism and the 2016 Electionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/norman-lear-talks-art-activism-and-2016-election-180960946/For the famed showrunner, TV has always been a chance to make the political personalFri, 28 Oct 2016 20:18:07 +0000When the Mob Owned Cubahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mob-havana-cuba-culture-music-book-tj-english-cultural-travel-180960610/Best-selling author T.J. English discusses the Mob's profound influence on Cuban culture and politics in the 1950sFri, 28 Oct 2016 19:00:00 +0000The Black Panthers Were Founded 50 Years Ago, and Their Influence Hasn’t Wanedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/black-panthers-were-founded-50-years-ago-and-their-influence-hasnt-waned-180960940/Group founder Bobby Seale reflects on the Panthers’ iconic Ten-Point ProgramFri, 28 Oct 2016 17:52:54 +0000What's Behind America's Obsession With Presidential Masks? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/whats-behind-americas-obsession-presidential-masks-180960937/From nose-picking Nixon to Trump-kissing-Clinton, Americans have long imitated their political candidatesFri, 28 Oct 2016 14:21:37 +0000The Surprising History of Cuba's Patron Sainthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/surprising-history-cuba-patron-saint-cachita-virgin-mary-our-lady-charity-cultural-travel-180960606/Nicknamed "Cachita," the 15-inch-tall wooden figurine of the Virgin Mary unites Cubans across class and race linesThu, 27 Oct 2016 17:34:47 +0000The Last Living Carver of Mount Rushmore Reflects on the Monument at 75http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/last-living-carver-mount-rushmore-reflects-monument-75-180960875/The 95-year-old looks back at the colossal effort that went into making the American masterpieceThu, 27 Oct 2016 12:15:10 +0000The Great Flying Saucer Mystery of 1966http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/great-flying-saucer-mystery-of-1966/When policemen spotted a "flying saucer" in 1966, an official investigation declared it was an optical illusion created by swamp gasThu, 27 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000Memories of a Runaway Cuban Slavehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/biography-runaway-slave-cuba-book-excerpt-cultural-travel-180960607/A former sugar plantation slave recalls fleeing to a cave in the woods and the new dangers that awaited him thereWed, 26 Oct 2016 18:06:54 +0000Renaissance Europe Was Horrified by Reports of a Sea Monster That Looked Like a Monk Wearing Fish Scales http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/reports-sea-monster-looked-like-monk-wearing-fish-scales-horrified-renaissance-europe-180960885/Something fishy this way comesTue, 25 Oct 2016 14:33:50 +0000Seeking the Humanity of Al Caponehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/seeking-humanity-al-capone-180960880/Through interviews with his descendants, one biographer sees the family man behind the infamous gangsterMon, 24 Oct 2016 13:19:49 +0000Using Math to Build the Ultimate Taffy Machinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/using-math-build-ultimate-taffy-machine-180960849/A mathematician dives into taffy-pulling patents to achieve optimum confection creationFri, 21 Oct 2016 16:37:59 +0000Why Churchill Approved a Risky Mission on a Nazi Strongholdhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/churchill-approved-risky-mission-nazi-stronghold/Churchill knew he needed a very public military success to boost morale back homeFri, 21 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000When Was the First Map Produced and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nov16-ask-smithsonian-180960780/You asked, we answeredThu, 20 Oct 2016 18:04:00 +0000I Was a Card-Carrying Member of the "First Moon Flights" Clubhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/i-was-card-carrying-member-first-moon-flights-club-180960817/My card is now a historical museum artifact, but I’ll never give up my dream to fly to the MoonThu, 20 Oct 2016 17:10:40 +0000The Tragic Fate of the Afghan Interpreters the U.S. Left Behindhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/tragic-fate-afghan-interpreters-left-behind-180960785/These men risked their lives for the U.S. military. Now many would like to come to America but are stranded — and in dangerThu, 20 Oct 2016 15:07:38 +0000Ulysses S. Grant Launched an Illegal War Against the Plains Indians, Then Lied About Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ulysses-grant-launched-illegal-war-plains-indians-180960787/The president promised peace with Indians — and covertly hatched the plot that provoked one of the bloodiest conflicts in the WestThu, 20 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Newly Discovered Letters Bring New Insight Into the Life of a Civil War Soldierhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/newly-discovered-letters-bring-insight-life-civil-war-soldier-180960784/A mysterious package holds long-lost correspondence from a young Union infantrymanThu, 20 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Did John Adams Out Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/john-adams-out-thomas-jefferson-sally-hemings-180960789/A scholar makes the intriguing case that Adams gossiped about the relationship years before the news erupted in publicWed, 19 Oct 2016 15:46:29 +0000These Women Reporters Went Undercover to Get the Most Important Scoops of Their Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-reporters-undercover-most-important-scoops-day-180960775/Writing under pseudonyms, the so-called girl stunt reporters of the late 19th century played a major role in exposing the nation's illsWed, 19 Oct 2016 15:16:59 +0000When Curious George Made a Daring Escape From the Nazishttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/curious-george-daring-escape-nazis-180960779/The authors of the children's book series fled wartime France with the manuscript tied to their bikesWed, 19 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000The FBI’s Fake Russian Agent Reveals His Secretshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fbi-fake-russian-agent-reveals-secrets-180960788/In an exclusive interview, a retired FBI agent who posed as a KGB officer finally spills the beans about his greatest sting operationsTue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000A Pearl Harbor Disappearance May Finally Have Been Solvedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/pearl-harbor-disappearance-may-finally-have-been-solved-cornelia-fort-180960786/Flight instructor Cornelia Fort faced a close call on that infamous day, but her plane was thought to have been lost to historyTue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000Making the Case for the Next American Sainthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/next-american-saint-sister-blandina-regale-immigrants-womens-history-180960782/Sister Blandina Segale showed true grit while caring for orphans and outlaws in New MexicoTue, 18 Oct 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Bizarre Tale of the Middle East’s First Space Programhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/bizarre-tale-middle-easts-first-space-program-180960808/In Lebanon, reminders of what could have been still standMon, 17 Oct 2016 18:45:19 +0000At the New “Slavery and Freedom” Show, a Mother Finds an Empowering Message for Her Young Daughtershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/mother-visits-new-slavery-and-freedom-exhibition-and-finds-empowering-message-her-young-daughters-180960751/A child's shackles, a whip, and an auction block deliver a visceral experience of slaveryFri, 14 Oct 2016 14:27:40 +0000In a Groundbreaking Exhibit at Mount Vernon, Slaves Speak and History Listenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/groundbreaking-exhibit-mount-vernon-slaves-speak-and-history-listens-180960747/Life at the home of George Washington is told anewWed, 12 Oct 2016 12:30:00 +0000The Strange History of the October Surprisehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/strange-history-october-surprise-180960741/From assiduous editorials to destructive superstorms, the last weeks of presidential elections have seen shocking campaign twistsTue, 11 Oct 2016 14:41:10 +0000What These Mysterious Scrolls Tell Us About Women in Petrahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-these-mysterious-scrolls-tell-us-about/In 1961, archaeologists in southern Israel discovered a mysterious set of documents. They provide clues into the elevated status of Nabataean womenTue, 11 Oct 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Timeline History of Celebrating (and Not Celebrating) Columbus Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/timeline-history-celebrating-and-not-celebrating-columbus-day-180960736/The holiday has been controversial practically since its inceptionMon, 10 Oct 2016 18:31:09 +0000Understanding the Gospel of Nat Turnerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/understanding-gospel-nat-turner-180960714/The leader of the deadly slave revolt had a deep Christian faith that propelled his rebellious actionsFri, 07 Oct 2016 13:35:00 +0000