History | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenWed, 27 Jul 2016 17:22:34 +0000Sarah Winnemucca Devoted Her Life to Protecting Native Americans in the Face of an Expanding United Stateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/sarah-winnemucca-devoted-life-protecting-lives-native-americans-face-expanding-united-states-180959930/The 19th-century visionary often found herself stuck between two culturesWed, 27 Jul 2016 17:22:34 +0000The Only Time a Major Party Embraced a Third-Party Candidate for Presidenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/one-and-only-time-major-party-embraced-third-party-candidate-180959923/Horace Greeley was the choice of the splinter grip named the Liberal Republican Party and that of the DemocratsTue, 26 Jul 2016 19:22:40 +0000Is Donald Harvey the Most Prolific Serial Killer in America?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/donald-harvey-most-prolific-serial-killer-america/Donald Harvey, a mild-mannered hospital worker, called himself the "Angel of Death"Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:27:49 +0000The History of Women Presidents in Filmhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-women-presidents-film-180959899/Why the science-fiction genre was the first to imagine a female commander-in-chiefMon, 25 Jul 2016 15:24:43 +0000Does 'The Last Supper' Really Have a Hidden Meaning?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/da-vinci-last-supper-hidden-meaning/Could the painting actually contain a message from Leonardo?Mon, 25 Jul 2016 02:02:43 +0000How You Wound Up Playing <em>The Oregon Trail</em> in Computer Classhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-you-wound-playing-em-oregon-trailem-computer-class-180959851/From the 1970s to 1990s, the government-owned Minnesota Educational Computing Consortium dominated the educational software market with more than 300 gamesFri, 22 Jul 2016 15:12:57 +0000The Egyptian Pharaoh With the Biggest Egohttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-egyptian-pharaoh-with-the-biggest-ego/Though little is known about Khufu, the pharaoh who oversaw the Great Pyramid's construction, vicious rumors about him persist todayFri, 22 Jul 2016 13:36:27 +0000How to Avoid the Pitfalls in the Politics of Graphic Messaginghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-avoid-pitfalls-politics-graphic-messaging-180959860/The director of the National Portrait Gallery offers a few pointers on how to acquire visual intelligenceThu, 21 Jul 2016 18:31:47 +0000How Did a Grizzly Bear Get on California's Flag?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-did-a-grizzly-bear-get-on-californias-flag/As more and more settlers began to pour into California throughout the 1840s, a chain of events led to the Bear Flag RevoltThu, 21 Jul 2016 12:00:00 +0000Check Out the Lunar Dust That Still Lingers On Neil Armstrong’s Gloves http://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/daily-planet/neil-armstrongs-gloves-and-helmet-go-back-display-180959862/The historic artifacts come out of the cold, but only for a year.Wed, 20 Jul 2016 19:54:46 +0000How America's Public Parks Were Bornhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-americas-public-parks-were-born/Learn how Central Park, the first of its kind, was given a completely visionary design that's since influenced cities around the countryWed, 20 Jul 2016 15:20:48 +0000What the Candidates (and Journalists) Can Learn From the 1948 Democratic Conventionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-candidates-and-journalists-can-learn-1948-democratic-convention-180959831/The first time television was beamed into millions of homes meant that presidential politics would have to changeTue, 19 Jul 2016 16:34:05 +0000When the GOP Picked a Nominee for Vice President, Only to Be Rejectedhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-gop-picked-nominee-vice-president-only-be-rejected-180959790/Their unrequited choice seemed utterly uninterested in the roleMon, 18 Jul 2016 14:28:41 +0000Taste-Testing the History of the Hamburgerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/taste-testing-history-hamburger-180959789/One intrepid reporter cooked three different versions of the burger to uncover just when, exactly, the sandwich was inventedFri, 15 Jul 2016 12:10:20 +0000How the Key to the Bastille Ended Up in George Washington’s Possession http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-key-bastille-ended-george-washingtons-possession-180959811/A gift from an old friend is one of Mount Vernon’s most fascinating objectsThu, 14 Jul 2016 18:06:26 +0000Few Artifacts of the Transatlantic Slave Trade Still Exist. These Iron Blocks Help Tell That Gut-Wrenching Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/few-artifacts-transatlantic-slave-trade-exist-iron-blocks-tell-gut-wrenching-story-180959803/A profound symbol of the horrific conditions aboard a slave ship is the ballast used as a counterweight for human cargoThu, 14 Jul 2016 15:56:48 +0000How Fetus Dissections in the Victorian Era Helped Shape Today’s Abortion Warshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-fetus-dissections-victorian-era-helped-shape-todays-abortion-wars-180959782/Besides teaching us about disease and human development, they molded modern attitudes of the fetus as distinct entity from the motherTue, 12 Jul 2016 19:04:56 +0000Women Ruled the Floor When the GOP First Came to Clevelandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-ruled-floor-when-gop-first-came-cleveland-180959760/The 1924 Convention was the first to feature female delegates, and they made their presence knownTue, 12 Jul 2016 13:22:16 +0000Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on His Love of History, Youth Sports and Which Books Everyone Should Readhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/kareem-abdul-jabbar-his-love-history-youth-sports-which-books-everyone-should-read-and-more-180959753/The basketball legend has always had a writer's touchMon, 11 Jul 2016 17:15:54 +0000The Brain-Freezing Science of the Slurpeehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brain-freezing-science-slurpee-180959750/More than 60 years ago, a broken soda fountain led to this cool inventionMon, 11 Jul 2016 14:32:49 +0000The Colonial Settlement That Vanished Into Thin Airhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-colonial-settlement-that-vanished/An entire colony of English settlers disappeared from Roanoke Island, just outside North Carolina's Outer BanksFri, 08 Jul 2016 15:32:49 +0000The Heiress to a Gun Empire Built a Mansion Forever Haunted by the Blood Money That Built Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/heiress-gun-empire-built-mansion-forever-haunted-blood-money-built-it-180959712/Sarah Winchester inherited a fortune and used it to construct a mysterious mansion in northern CaliforniaThu, 07 Jul 2016 19:08:08 +0000Tracing Alaska's Russian Heritagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/alaska-russian-heritage-smithsonian-journeys-travel-quarterly-180959449/From onion domes to tsarist-era Russian dialects, evidence of the Russian colonialism remainsThu, 07 Jul 2016 17:31:24 +0000Which Great American Should Be Immortalized With the Next Big Broadway Musical?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/which-figure-american-history-should-be-subject-next-big-broadway-musical-180959714/<em>Hamilton</em> has caught the nation's attention. A panel of Smithsonian writers and curators suggest who's next.Thu, 07 Jul 2016 16:43:01 +0000The Forgotten Jewish Pirates of Jamaicahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/forgotten-jewish-pirates-jamaica-180959252/Today, some tour operators and cultural historians are calling attention to the country's little-known Jewish heritageThu, 07 Jul 2016 15:46:27 +0000Ways to Avoid Losing Oxygen in a Submarinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/ways-to-avoid-losing-oxygen-in-a-submarine/In 1940, German U-boat commander Otto Kretschmer's submarine was under siege for hours and his crew grew tremendously stressedThu, 07 Jul 2016 13:07:39 +0000Lady Bird Johnson Wielded Power With a Delicate Touchhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/lady-bird-johnson-wielded-power-delicate-touch-180959696/The First Lady was a trailblazer who flew under the radar as a quiet champion of Civil Rights and protecting the environmentWed, 06 Jul 2016 15:27:37 +0000It's Easy to Forget That Just Fifty Years Ago, Equality for Women Was a Strange Concepthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/easy-to-forget-just-fifty-years-ago-equality-women-strange-concept-180959683/The 50th anniversary of the National Organization for Women is at hand and it’s still personal—and politicalWed, 06 Jul 2016 15:14:36 +0000The Harvard Professor Who Shot a Financial Titan and Fomented Anti-German Sentiment in a Pre-WWI Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/harvard-professor-bombed-congress-shot-financial-titan-spurred-anti-german-sentiment-180959679/Readers on July 4, 1915 learned the story of a would-be assassin who said he was trying to keep the U.S. out of the European conflictSat, 02 Jul 2016 12:08:21 +0000Where’s the Debate on Francis Scott Key’s Slave-Holding Legacy?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/wheres-debate-francis-scott-keys-slave-holding-legacy-180959550/During his lifetime, abolitionists ridiculed Key’s words, sneering that America was more like the “Land of the Free and Home of the Oppressed”Fri, 01 Jul 2016 13:00:00 +0000The Origin of the Coney Island Hot Dog Is a Uniquely American Story http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/origins-coney-island-hot-dog-uniquely-american-story-180959659/They also have very little to do with the New York City amusement parkThu, 30 Jun 2016 18:25:21 +0000What's the Difference Between Invasive and Nonnative Species? Plus, More Questions From Our Readershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/difference-invasive-nonnative-species-questions-readers-180959500/You asked, we answeredThu, 30 Jun 2016 17:31:45 +0000These Abandoned Buildings Are the Last Remnants of Liberia's Founding Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/liberia-created-former-slaves-fading-into-history-180959503/The world created by former slaves in Liberia was a cruel paradox for more than 150 yearsWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:10:00 +0000For More Than 100 Years, the U.S. Forced Navajo Students Into Western Schools. The Damage Is Still Felt Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/decades-us-government-forcibly-placed-native-students-western-schools-effects-felt-today-180959502/Photographer Daniella Zalcman explores how native populations had a new nation foisted upon themWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000American Exiles: Leaving Homehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/american-exiles-leaving-home-180959492/A series of three photo essays explores how America has treated its own people in times of crisisWed, 29 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000The Inside Story of How a Nazi Plot to Sabotage the U.S. War Effort Was Foiledhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-story-how-nazi-plot-sabotage-us-war-effort-was-foiled-180959594/J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI took the credit, but it was really only because of a German defector that the plans were blownTue, 28 Jun 2016 18:23:55 +0000A Bold New History of the Battle of the Sommehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/bold-new-history-battle-somme-180959488/British generals have long been seen as the bunglers of the deadly conflict, but a revisionist look argues that a U.S. general was the real donkeyTue, 28 Jun 2016 15:44:13 +0000History Forgot This Rogue Aristocrat Who Discovered Dinosaurs and Died Pennilesshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-forgot-rogue-aristocrat-discovered-dinosaurs-died-penniless-180959504/Now fallen into shadow, the Romania-born Baron Franz Nopcsa was a groundbreaking scientist, adventurer -- and would-be kingTue, 28 Jun 2016 15:42:19 +0000The Discovery of a Roman Gladiator School Brings the Famed Fighters Back to Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/discovery-roman-gladiator-school-brings-famed-fighters-to-life-180959489/Located in Austria, the archaeological site is providing rich new details about the lives and deaths of the arena combatantsMon, 27 Jun 2016 15:46:49 +0000The Surprising History of the Infographichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/surprising-history-infographic-180959563/Early iterations saved soldiers' lives, debunked myths about slavery and helped Americans settle the frontierMon, 27 Jun 2016 15:00:00 +0000How the Nazis “Normalized” Anti-Semitism by Appealing to Childrenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-nazi-normalized-anti-semitism-appealing-children-180959539/A new museum and exhibit explore the depths of the hatred toward Europe’s JewsMon, 27 Jun 2016 13:13:07 +0000Inventing the Beach: The Unnatural History of a Natural Placehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inventing-beach-unnatural-history-natural-place-180959538/The seashore used to be a scary place, then it became a place of respite and vacation. What happened?Thu, 23 Jun 2016 12:34:06 +0000How Photography Shaped America's National Parkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/how-photography-shaped-americas-national-parks-180959262/Jamie M. Allen explores how conservation and consumerism have impacted America's natural heritageWed, 22 Jun 2016 18:09:15 +0000The Origins of the Term "Affirmative Action"http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/learn-origins-term-affirmative-action-180959531/The words trace all the way back to employment law from the early 20th centuryWed, 22 Jun 2016 17:53:41 +0000The Revolutionary War Patriot Who Carried This Gunpowder Horn Was Fighting for Freedom—Just Not His Own http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/patriot-who-carried-revolutionary-war-era-gunpowder-horn-was-fighting-freedomjust-not-his-own-180959385/ Simbo, an African-American patriot, fought for his country's liberty and freedom even as a large population remained enslavedWed, 22 Jun 2016 16:36:54 +0000Did Atlantis Really Have Indoor Plumbing?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/did-atlantis-really-have-indoor-plumbing/In 1967, archeologists discovered Akrotiri. It may be the missing city of Atlantis, as well as the origin of the modern toiletTue, 21 Jun 2016 15:33:39 +0000The One Place JFK Felt He Could Be Alonehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-one-place-jfk-felt-he-could-be-alone/In the midst of the biggest crises of his presidency, John F. Kennedy always knew there was one place he could go to collect his thoughts aloneMon, 20 Jun 2016 20:51:29 +0000Relive 'Don Quixote' With a Trip Through Miguel de Cervantes’ Spainhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/explore-miguel-de-cervantes-spain-180959013/Tilt at windmills for the 400th anniversary of the author's deathMon, 20 Jun 2016 15:13:52 +0000The Civil War Prisoner Camp That Became a Place of Horrorhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/civil-war-prisoner-camp-place-of-horror/The Confederate Civil War prisoner camp in Andersonville, Georgia, was an utter nightmare for the many soldiers held withinFri, 17 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000A New Museum Is Bringing Relics of the Revolutionary War Into Public View for the First Time in Decadeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/revolutionary-war-hidden-relics-180959443/Scheduled to open next year in Philadelphia, the museum will immerse visitors into the time when the American colonies became the United StatesThu, 16 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000Muhammad Ali's Brother on Racism and the Medal Mythhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/muhammad-alis-brother-on-racism-and-the-medal-myth/Still fresh from his Olympic win, boxing legend Muhammad Ali was turned away from a restaurant in his hometown that didn't serve African AmericansWed, 15 Jun 2016 14:00:12 +0000A Recently Acquired Hot-Air Balloon Reminds a Smithsonian Curator of Another Tale of Ballooning Adventurehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/recently-acquired-hot-air-balloon-reminds-smithsonian-curator-another-tale-ballooning-adventure-180959412/At the Udvar-Hazy Center this weekend, see the Smithsonian’s new modern hot-air balloonWed, 15 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000A Breathtaking 110-Mile Alaskan Railroad Built in Two Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/smithsonian-channel/breathtaking-110-mile-alaskan-railroad/Built during the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898, the Yukon and White Pass Railway is a stunning sightTue, 14 Jun 2016 16:04:46 +0000This Segregated Railway Car Offers a Visceral Reminder of the Jim Crow Erahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/segregated-railway-car-offers-visceral-reminder-jim-crow-era-180959383/Subtle and not-so-subtle reminders of a time when local and state laws forced racial segrationMon, 13 Jun 2016 17:50:20 +0000The Summer of Nantucket’s Sublime Sea Serpenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/summer-nantuckets-sublime-sea-serpent-180959322/News travels fast in small towns — especially when it involves huge footprints of a rumored mythical creatureThu, 09 Jun 2016 19:27:45 +0000How One Woman Helped End Lunch Counter Segregation in the Nation’s Capitalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-one-woman-helped-end-lunch-counter-segregation-nations-capital-180959345/Mary Church Terrell’s court case demanded the district’s “lost laws” put an end to racial discrimination in dining establishmentsWed, 08 Jun 2016 16:46:00 +0000What the Politics of Andrew Jackson’s Era Can Tell Us About Todayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-politics-andrew-jacksons-era-can-tell-us-about-today-180959316/NPR correspondent Steve Inskeep speaks about his book <em>Jacksonland</em> and what it says about America’s democratic traditionWed, 08 Jun 2016 13:00:00 +0000Herbert Hoover's Hidden Economic Acumenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/herbert-hoovers-hidden-economic-acumen-180959308/What an Awful President's Secret Strength Could Teach Today's Financial Leaders About CapitalismTue, 07 Jun 2016 12:18:28 +0000Before There Was “Hamilton,” There Was “Burr”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/there-was-hamilton-there-was-burr-180959295/Although Gore Vidal’s book never became a hit on Broadway, the novel helped create the public personae of Alexander Hamilton’s nemesisMon, 06 Jun 2016 13:07:06 +0000A Letter Written by Charles Darwin, Twice Stolen, Returns to the Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/twice-stolen-letter-darwin-returned-180959307/After being snatched by an intern in the mid 1970s, the missive written by the scientist returns to WashingtonFri, 03 Jun 2016 19:08:29 +0000How an Italian Immigrant Rolled Out the Radio Flyer Wagon Across Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-italian-immigrant-rolled-radio-flyer-wagon-out-across-america-180959298/Three generations and 99 years later, the company is still flying highFri, 03 Jun 2016 15:12:48 +0000What Really Happened to Wilt Chamberlain's 100-Point Ball?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-happened-to-wilt-chamberlains-100-point-ball/An NBA expert has interviewed over 150 people in a quest to track down the ball used in Wilt Chamberlain's 1962 100-point gameFri, 03 Jun 2016 12:00:00 +0000Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor Dig Into the History of Food at the Supreme Courthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ruth-bader-ginsburg-and-sonia-sotomayor-dig-history-food-supreme-court-180959292/The American History Museum and the Supreme Court Historical Society brought the justices together to share tales from the highest courtThu, 02 Jun 2016 19:41:14 +0000Studying Bacon Has Led One Smithsonian Scholar to New Insights on the Daily Life of Enslaved African-Americanshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/studying-bacon-led-smithsonian-scholar-new-insights-daily-life-enslaved-180959288/At Camp Bacon, a thinking person’s antidote to excess, historians, filmmakers and chefs gather to pay homage to the hog and its culinary renownThu, 02 Jun 2016 18:39:11 +0000Can Tree Rings Explain the Demise of a Lost Civilization?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/can-tree-rings-explain-demise-of-lost-civilization/Archaeologists look to trees to determine the destruction of a pre-Columbian civilization found in southern IllinoisWed, 01 Jun 2016 13:07:58 +0000