History | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenFri, 27 May 2016 17:57:14 +0000The Best Way to Find IEDs?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/the-best-way-to-find-ieds/A dog's sense of smell is 100,000 more sensitive than a human's. That's why the U.S. military uses them to detect improvised explosive devicesFri, 27 May 2016 17:57:14 +0000The Merchant Marine Were the Unsung Heroes of World War IIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/merchant-marine-were-unsung-heroes-world-war-ii-180959253/These daring seamen kept the Allied troops armed and fed while at the mercy of German U-boatsFri, 27 May 2016 14:13:30 +0000A Long-Lost Manuscript Contains a Searing Eyewitness Account of the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921 http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/long-lost-manuscript-contains-searing-eyewitness-account-tulsa-race-massacre-1921-180959251/An Oklahoma lawyer details the attack by hundreds of whites on the thriving black neighborhood where hundreds died 95 years agoFri, 27 May 2016 11:50:03 +0000Native Americans Decry the Auctioning-Off of Their Heritage in Paris http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/native-americans-decry-auctioning-their-heritage-paris-180959244/Community leaders convene at the National Museum of the American Indian to push for changeThu, 26 May 2016 15:58:25 +0000Inside Alabama's Abandoned Buildingshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/peek-alabamas-abandoned-buildings-180958814/As Birmingham flourishes again, an urban explorer documents what is left behindThu, 26 May 2016 11:30:00 +0000Experts Have Been Studying Income Inequality for Decades. Has Anything Changed?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/experts-have-been-studying-income-inequality-decades-has-anything-changed-180959231/The author of the blockbuster book Evicted talks about those who came before himWed, 25 May 2016 17:51:06 +0000Meet the First and Only Foreign-Born First Lady: Louisa Catherine Adamshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/meet-the-first-and-only-foreign-born-first-lady-louisa-cathernine-adams-180959149/Almost 200 years ago, the wife of John Quincy Adams set a precedentWed, 25 May 2016 12:56:38 +0000Discover America's Bloody History at Five Famous Dueling Grounds http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/americas-dueling-history-180958953/Men defended their delicate honor at these bloody sites across the U.S. Tue, 24 May 2016 16:44:52 +0000The Forgotten Dust Bowl Novel That Rivaled "The Grapes of Wrath"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/forgotten-dust-bowl-novel-rivaled-grapes-wrath-180959196/Sanora Babb wrote about a family devastated by the Dust Bowl, but she lost her shot at stardom when John Steinbeck beat her to the punchMon, 23 May 2016 17:23:12 +0000What the Oregeon Trail Looks Like Today From Abovehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/what-the-oregeon-trail-looks-like-today-from-above/One of America's greatest highways is barely visible from the ground. It's only from the air that you can pick out the remains of the Oregon TrailFri, 20 May 2016 20:09:31 +0000Old Cosmetics Made New Again Through the Art of Digitizationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/old-cosmetics-made-new-again-through-art-digitization-180959173/Arsenic Complexion Wafers? A whole new world of yesteryear cosmetics just got a refreshFri, 20 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000The Story Behind a Forgotten Symbol of the American Revolution: The Liberty Treehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/story-behind-forgotten-symbol-american-revolution-liberty-tree-180959162/While Boston landmarks like the Old North Church still stand, the Liberty Tree, gone for nearly 250 years, has been lost to historyThu, 19 May 2016 14:22:08 +0000How an Obscure Photographer Saved Yosemitehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/carleton-watkins-yosemite-photographer-national-parks-180959065/The beauty of the national park became clear long before Ansel AdamsWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000A Secret Tunnel Found in Mexico May Finally Solve the Mysteries of Teotihuacánhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/discovery-secret-tunnel-mexico-solve-mysteries-teotihuacan-180959070/The chance discovery beneath a nearly 2,000-year-old pyramid leads to the heart of a lost civilizationWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000This Powerful Stokely Carmichael Portrait Never Made It to the Cover of Time Magazinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/powerful-stokely-carmichael-potrait-never-made-cover-time-magazine-180959073/The artwork, by famed artist Jacob Lawrence, captured the turning point in the Civil Rights MovementWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000Why Do Humans Have Canine Teeth and More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/humans-canine-teeth-questions-readers-180959074/You asked, we answeredWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Most Treacherous Battle of World War I Took Place in the Italian Mountainshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/most-treacherous-battle-world-war-i-italian-mountains-180959076/Even amid the carnage of the war, the battle in the Dolomites was like nothing the world had ever seen—or has seen sinceWed, 18 May 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Unhurried World of Pre-War Viennahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/stefan-zweig-book-excerpt-world-of-yesterday-old-vienna-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958904/Author Stefan Zweig, who inspired Wes Anderson's <i>The Grand Budapest Hotel</i>, recalls Austria at the dawn of the 20th centuryWed, 18 May 2016 12:00:00 +0000Celebrate National Salad Month with Rare and Historic Books that Include Your Favorite Leafy Greenshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/celebrate-salad-month-rare-historic-books-favorite-leafy-greens-180959104/A Smithsonian librarian journeys through history and time on a quest to explore salads throughout antiquityMon, 16 May 2016 18:08:15 +0000The Bizarre Tale of the Tunnels, Trysts and Taxa of a Smithsonian Entomologist http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/bizarre-tale-tunnels-trysts-and-taxa-smithsonian-entomologist-180959089/A new book details the sensational exploits of Harrison G. Dyar, Jr., a scientist who had two wives and liked to dig tunnelsFri, 13 May 2016 19:01:18 +0000History in a Glass: (Re)discovering Armenian Winehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/history-glass-rediscovering-armenian-wine-180959095/With more than six thousand-year-old history of viniculture, Armenian wines are gaining popularity Fri, 13 May 2016 16:50:20 +0000The Search Is On for the Site of the Worst Indian Massacre in U.S. Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/search-site-worst-indian-massacre-us-history-180959091/At least 250 Shoshone were killed by the Army in the 1863 incident, but their remains have yet to be foundFri, 13 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Hollywood Bombshell Who Invented an Indispensable War Technologyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/hedy-lamarr-brainy-bombshell-hollywood-actress-world-war-II-frequency-hopping-patent-cultural-travel-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958901/In 1942, Hedy Lamarr received a patent for frequency hopping, but was told to devote her efforts elsewhereThu, 12 May 2016 18:50:49 +0000Why You Should Know This Prolific Princess of Paleontologyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/prolific-princess-of-paleontology-mary-anning/Mary Anning was a 19th-century working-class woman from Dorset with no formal education. She became one of the most celebrated fossil collectors in historyTue, 10 May 2016 17:10:26 +0000The Appalling and Beguiling History of Budapest's Margaret Islandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/margaret-island-budapest-history-pilgrims-lovers-180958900/A Hungarian-born writer recalls a princess' defiance of her father, Nazi atrocities, and the island's role as sanctuaryTue, 10 May 2016 14:37:02 +0000Will We Ever Know Why Nazi Leader Rudolf Hess Flew to Scotland in the Middle of World War II?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/will-we-ever-know-why-nazi-leader-rudolf-hess-flew-scotland-middle-world-war-ii-180959040/The remarkable tale of insanity, espionage, and conspiracies remains unanswered after 75 yearsTue, 10 May 2016 12:47:17 +0000Is Europe Returning to Pre Cold War Divisions?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/robert-d-kaplan-question-answer-europe-divisions-cold-war-cultural-travel-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958902/Author Robert D. Kaplan notes the beginnings of a complex map, caused by Russian revisionism, the refugee crisis and a structural economic crisis in the EUMon, 09 May 2016 13:06:43 +0000Was King Tut's Tomb Built for a Woman?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/was-king-tuts-tomb-built-for-a-woman/An archeologist notes that King Tut's chamber was designed and decorated differently from other Egyptian pharaohsWed, 04 May 2016 15:41:59 +0000How the Redesign of U.S. Money Shows the Power of Protesthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-redesign-us-money-shows-power-protest-180958982/A Smithsonian curator notes how a heavy dose of social activism prompted the U.S. Treasury to honor historic social and political movementsWed, 04 May 2016 13:00:00 +0000That Revolutionary May Day in 1976 When California Wines Bested France's Finest http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/that-revolutionary-May-day-1976-when-california-wines-bested-france-finest-180958971/Forty years ago, a Copernican moment took place in viniculture when the world realized the sun didn’t always revolve around French winesTue, 03 May 2016 19:21:23 +0000Which of These Summertime Athletes Should Be Displayed on the Walls of the National Portrait Gallery?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonianmag/which-these-summertime-athletes-should-be-displayed-walls-national-portrait-gallery-180958972/Vote now for your pick!Tue, 03 May 2016 16:27:13 +0000How to Unroll a Dead Sea Scroll Without Destroying Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-to-unroll-a-dead-sea-scroll-without-destroying/In 1952, a remarkable copper scroll was uncovered by archaeologists near the Dead Sea. It would take four years for scientists to agree on a way to open itMon, 02 May 2016 14:47:11 +0000A Brief History of the Nickelhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-nickel-180958941/In honor of the coin’s 150th anniversary, read up on how the nickel came to be mintedThu, 28 Apr 2016 13:09:34 +0000The Scientific Daredevils Who Made Yale's Peabody Museum a National Treasurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/scientific-daredevils-made-yales-peabody-museum-national-treasure-180958905/When an award-winning science writer dug into the backstory of this New Haven institute, he found a world of scientific derring-doThu, 28 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Why Babe Ruth Was the Ultimate Symbol of the Roaring '20shttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-babe-ruth-was-the-ultimate-symbol-of-the-20s/Babe Ruth captured the times, lived large and demonstrated an insatiable appetite for pleasure and achievementWed, 27 Apr 2016 20:14:53 +0000The Original Country Musichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-original-country-music/Country music star Trace Adkins stops by the Smithsonian to examine some authentic sheet music from the Civil War.Wed, 27 Apr 2016 15:01:28 +0000The Priceless Impact Harriet Tubman Will Have as the Face of the $20 Billhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/priceless-impact-harriet-tubman-will-have-face-20-bill-180958886/Curator Nancy Bercaw from the African American History Museum discusses the freedom fighter's ongoing legacyMon, 25 Apr 2016 19:51:23 +0000Nikola Tesla's Struggle to Remain Relevanthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/nikola-tesla-museum-belgrade-inventor-electricity-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958881/An offbeat Belgrade museum reveals the many mysteries of the prolific, late-19th-century inventorMon, 25 Apr 2016 16:07:38 +0000When Shirley Chisholm Ran for President, Few Would Say: "I'm With Her"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/when-shirley-chisholm-ran-for-president-few-would-say-im-with-her-180958699/The congresswoman tried to win the White House by consolidating the black vote and the women's vote, but she ran into trouble Mon, 25 Apr 2016 14:07:10 +0000Is Bratislava's Communist-Era Architecture Worth Preserving? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/bratislava-slovakia-architecture-cold-war-communism-cultural-preservation-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958880/For residents of Slovakia's capital, Cold War structures recall a painful past Fri, 22 Apr 2016 17:48:28 +0000A Member of the Little Rock Nine Discusses Her Struggle to Attend Central Highhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/member-little-rock-nine-discusses-her-struggle-attend-central-high-180958870/At 15, Minnijean Brown faced down the Arkansas National Guard, Now Her Story and Personal Items are Archived at the SmithsonianFri, 22 Apr 2016 16:04:52 +0000Celebrating 500 Years of German’s Beer Purity Law http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/celebrating-500-years-germans-beer-purity-law-180958878/Germany's treasured—and controversial—rule has a fascinating past and an uncertain futureFri, 22 Apr 2016 15:23:19 +0000An Oral History of "Star Trek"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/oral-history-star-trek-180958779/The trail-blazing sci-fi series debuted 50 years ago and has taken countless fans where none had gone beforeWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000How a Psychedelic Concert Poster Rocked the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/psychedelic-concert-poster-rocked-world-180958780/C'mon baby light my flierWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Who Really Wrote "Citizen Kane"?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/who-really-wrote-citizen-kane-180958782/Two new books offer divergent theories on the authorship of the much-heralded filmWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Why Benedict Arnold Turned Traitor Against the American Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/benedict-arnold-turned-traitor-american-revolution-180958786/The story behind the most famous betrayal in U.S. history shows the complicated politics of the nation's earliest daysWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000For Those Clutching Pearls Over Buzzfeed: A History of Newspapers Reveals That It's Always Been This Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/history-newspapers-reveal-always-been-like-buzzfeed-180958789/From user-generated content to political screeds, the future of news happens to look a lot like the pastWed, 20 Apr 2016 15:00:00 +0000Before Reefer Madness, High Times and 4/20, There Was the Marijuana Revenue Stamp http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/reefer-madness-high-times-and-420-there-was-marijuana-revenue-stamp-180958823/Originally designed in the 1930s to restrict access to the drug, these stamps draw a curious crowd to the Postal MuseumWed, 20 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000Mystery of the Varna Gold: What Caused These Ancient Societies to Disappear? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/varna-bulgaria-gold-graves-social-hierarchy-prehistoric-archaelogy-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958733/Treasure found in prehistoric graves in Bulgaria is the first evidence of social hierarchy, but no one knows what caused the civilization's declineMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:05:26 +0000How the Danube Became a Multinational Power Sourcehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/shape-shifting-danube-river-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180958732/Spanning 1,770 miles from Germany's Black Forest to the coast of Romania, the river takes its character from the people and places it passesMon, 18 Apr 2016 12:00:00 +0000How the “Daisy” Ad Changed Everything About Political Advertisinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-daisy-ad-changed-everything-about-political-advertising-180958741/Since the famous television spot ran in 1964, advertising agencies have sold presidential candidates as if they were cars or soapWed, 13 Apr 2016 12:11:36 +0000What Can the Collapse of the Whig Party Tell Us About Today’s Politics?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-can-collapse-whig-party-tell-us-about-todays-politics-180958729/Is the Republican party on the verge of catastrophe? Probably not, if history is any indicatorTue, 12 Apr 2016 15:08:51 +0000Teddy Roosevelt's Epic (But Strangely Altruistic) Hunt for a White Rhinohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/teddy-roosevelts-epic-strangely-altruistic-hunt-white-rhino-180958626/In a new book, a Smithsonian naturalist tells the gritty, controversial tale of how one of America’s presidents felled a threatened speciesTue, 12 Apr 2016 13:00:00 +0000Vintage Photos Recall the Early Days of Hip-Hop, Before It Became a Billion-Dollar Industryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/vintage-photos-early-days-hip-hop-billion-dollar-industry-180958616/More than 400 images from the 1980s to the early 2000s detail the "standout moments" of the rise of Run DMC, Grandmaster Flash, Jay Z and many more artistsMon, 11 Apr 2016 16:11:55 +0000A Science Lecture Accidentally Sparked a Global Craze for Yogurthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-lecture-accidentally-sparked-global-craze-yogurt-180958700/More than a century ago, a biologist’s remarks set people searching for yogurt as a cure for old ageMon, 11 Apr 2016 12:11:23 +0000When the British Wanted to Camouflage Their Warships, They Made Them Dazzlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-british-wanted-camouflage-their-warships-they-made-them-dazzle-180958657/In order to stop the carnage wrought by German U-Boats, the Allied powers went way outside the boxThu, 07 Apr 2016 14:31:41 +0000Remembering Dr. Joe Medicine Crowhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/remembering-dr-joe-medicine-crow-180958676/ He showed us we are capable of great things when we look within ourselves, says scholar Nina Sanders Wed, 06 Apr 2016 17:33:51 +0000A Show of Over 6,000 Orchids Celebrates a Victorian-Era Obsessionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/orchids-new-york-botanical-garden-orchidelirium-180958603/Succumb to "Orchidelirium" at The New York Botanical GardenWed, 06 Apr 2016 11:30:00 +0000What to Read, Watch and Download Before Your Trip to Indiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/travel-guide-india-resources-know-before-you-go-180958122/Know before you goTue, 05 Apr 2016 19:49:14 +0000Rare Find: The $30,000 Sword George Custer Used in Battlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/rare-sword-george-custer-battle/Here's how one of Custer's rare swords found itself in the hands of a lucky collectorTue, 05 Apr 2016 19:42:58 +0000Inside America’s Auschwitzhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-americas-auschwitz-180958647/A new museum offers a rebuke — and an antidote — to our sanitized history of slaveryMon, 04 Apr 2016 15:58:10 +0000The Incredible History of Sunken Ships in San Franciscohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-incredible-history-of-sunken-ships-in-SF/In 1850, hundreds of migrant ships arrived in San Francisco, fueled by gold rush. But many of these ships weren't needed after that and were simply sunkThu, 31 Mar 2016 17:43:25 +0000Andrew Jackson, America’s Original Anti-Establishment Candidatehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/andrew-jackson-americas-original-anti-establishment-candidate-180958621/The seventh president raged against many of the same machines that are now engulfing this year’s electionThu, 31 Mar 2016 14:29:26 +0000“Driving While Black” Has Been Around As Long As Cars Have Existedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/driving-while-black-has-been-around-long-cars-have-existed-180958598/Documentarian Ric Burns talks about his forthcoming film about the “Green Book” and other travel guides for African-AmericansTue, 29 Mar 2016 18:10:30 +0000When Newspapers Reported on Gun Deaths as "Melancholy Accidents"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-americas-gun-epidemic-was-referred-series-melancholy-accidents-180958594/A historian explains how a curious phrase used by the American press caught his eye and became the inspiration for his new bookTue, 29 Mar 2016 15:06:35 +0000