History | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenFri, 28 Apr 2017 21:28:28 +0000Hike in the Footsteps of Teddy Roosevelthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/hike-footsteps-teddy-roosevelt-180963004/Energetic Teddy was a hiking fanatic—follow his trail on these tripsFri, 28 Apr 2017 21:28:28 +0000How Woodrow Wilson’s Propaganda Machine Changed American Journalismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-woodrow-wilsons-propaganda-machine-changed-american-journalism-180963082/The media are still feeling the impact of an executive order signed in 1917 that created 'the nation's first ministry of information'Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:46:42 +0000George Washington's Congress Got Off to an Embarrassing Start http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/congress-embarrassing-start-and-how-madison-kicked-it-gear-180963079/The new federal government was plagued with absences and excuses—until James Madison helped kick things into gearFri, 28 Apr 2017 16:00:00 +0000How Humble Moss Healed the Wounds of Thousands in World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-humble-moss-helped-heal-wounds-thousands-WWI-180963081/The same extraordinary properties that make this plant an “ecosystem engineer” also helped save human livesFri, 28 Apr 2017 14:58:50 +0000The Women Warriors of the Russian Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-warriors-russian-revolution-180963067/Soldier Maria Bochkareva proposed all-female battalions, in part to shame men into continuing the fightFri, 28 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Sticky Clue That Links the Tower of Babel to the Biblehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-sticky-clue-that-links-the-tower-of-babe/Evidence is piling up that the Tower of Babel really existed. It's a conclusion that's partially borne out by an astounding discoveryFri, 28 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Immigrant Activist Who Loved America’s Ideals, If Not Its Actionshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/immigrant-activist-who-loved-americas-ideals-if-not-its-actions-180963069/By the 1850s, Ernestine Rose was a well-known public figure, far more famous than her allies Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. AnthonyThu, 27 Apr 2017 17:01:54 +0000The Prussian Nobleman Who Helped Save the American Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/baron-von-steuben-180963048/When American troops faltered, Baron von Steuben helped whip them into shape Wed, 26 Apr 2017 16:30:00 +0000The Fears That Fueled an Ancient Border Wallhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fears-fueled-ancient-border-wall-180963025/ When Hadrian built a mighty wall in his most remote territory, he got more than he bargained forWed, 26 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Jesus's Miracles Seemed Apocalyptic to the Gospel Writershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-jesuss-miracles-seemed-apocalyptic-to-t/Jesus gained renown as a preacher of a particularly apocalyptic form of Judaism. This was further strengthened by his ability to perform miraclesWed, 26 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Photos Capture India's Ancient, Vanishing Stepwellshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/review-vanishing-stepwells-india-180962637/These intricate architectural marvels are in danger of disappearingTue, 25 Apr 2017 21:48:33 +0000The Coal Mining Massacre America Forgothttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/forgotten-matewan-massacre-was-epicenter-20th-century-mine-wars-180963026/The mountains of southern West Virginia are riddled with coal—and bulletsTue, 25 Apr 2017 16:59:16 +0000After Nearly a Century in Storage, These World War I Artworks Still Deliver the Vivid Shock of War http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/after-a-century-storage-these-world-war-one-artworks-still-deliver-shock-war-180962962/Pulled from the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Claggett Wilson's watercolors are in a traveling showTue, 25 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000How an Alcohol-Hating English Preacher Founded Global Tourismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-alcohol-hating-english-preacher-founded-global-tourism-180963016/Thomas Cook's tours set the stage for today's tourism industryMon, 24 Apr 2017 18:46:31 +0000When Actors Mixed Politics and Comedy in Ancient Romehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-actors-mixed-politics-and-comedy-ancient-rome-180963005/Laughter was one way to challenge authority, but it could also mean risking your lifeMon, 24 Apr 2017 16:51:53 +0000Did Judas Actually Betray Jesus to Force a Rebellion?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/did-judas-actually-betray-jesus-to-force-a-r/There are numerous theories, from money to the intriguing idea that Judas may have actually been an overzealous believer anxious to provoke a confrontationMon, 24 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Reliving the Ebony Fashion Fair Off the Runway, One Couture Dress at a Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/reliving-ebony-fashion-fair-runway-one-couture-dress-time-180962987/An exhibition on the traveling fashion show memorializes the cultural phenomenon that shook up an industryFri, 21 Apr 2017 12:20:37 +0000How New York City Is Rediscovering Its Maritime Spirithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/new-york-rediscovering-maritime-spirit-180962769/The city's waterfront fell into dangerous decline, but now its on the rebound with a new wave of money and creativityThu, 20 Apr 2017 17:38:23 +0000Why Is France in Its Fifth Republic? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-france-its-fifth-republic-180962983/An explainer on the many evolutions of the country's governmentThu, 20 Apr 2017 15:19:14 +0000Exploring the Ancient Region Where Jesus Rose to Prominencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/exploring-the-ancient-region-where-jesus-ros/The Sea of Galilee contains the lowest freshwater lake in the world, and it's the area where a young Jesus of Nazareth first gained popularityThu, 20 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000A ‘Breaking Bad’ Writer and Producer Is Behind a New Anne of Green Gableshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/breaking-bad-writer-and-producer-behind-new-anne-green-gables-180962966/You might not recognize this Anne—and that’s exactly what showrunner Moira Walley-Beckett intendedWed, 19 Apr 2017 17:49:20 +0000George Washington Had Nothing Good to Say About Nepotismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/george-washington-had-nothing-good-say-about-nepotism-180962959/The first president was exceedingly wary of any semblance of improprietyWed, 19 Apr 2017 17:00:01 +0000The Unsavory History of Sugar, the Insatiable American Cravinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unsavory-history-sugar-american-craving-180962766/How the nation got hooked on sweetsWed, 19 Apr 2017 16:24:21 +0000This Jigsaw Puzzle Was Given to Ellis Island Immigrants to Test Their Intelligencehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/puzzle-given-ellis-island-immigrants-test-intelligence-180962779/A confusing set of blocks could seal their fateWed, 19 Apr 2017 16:03:46 +0000The Trial of the Century That Wasn'thttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/trial-century-jefferson-davis-treason-180962776/The case against Jefferson Davis, the president of the Confederacy, would have been a legal showdown of the agesWed, 19 Apr 2017 15:12:19 +0000How to Resurrect a Lost Languagehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-resurrect-lost-language-180962937/Piecing together the language of the Miami tribe, linguists Daryl Baldwin and David Costa are creating a new generation of speakersWed, 19 Apr 2017 14:48:59 +0000A Paean to PBS’ “Mercy Street”: The One Show That Got the Civil War Righthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/paean-pbs-mercy-street-one-show-got-civil-war-right-180962957/The short-lived show offered the best screen portrayal of the war the country has ever seenWed, 19 Apr 2017 14:14:24 +0000These Photos Offer a Glimpse Into the Racial Politics of the 1950s South http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/these-photos-offer-glimpse-1950s--south-180962929/Before he became a sports photographer, John G. Zimmerman captured a past that feels all too presentWed, 19 Apr 2017 12:00:45 +0000How to Understand the Three Wise Men, Frankincense & Myrrhhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-to-understand-the-three-wise-men-franki/The story of the nativity is actually a blend of both the gospels of Luke and Matthew. They reveal the significance of the gifts carried by the three kingsWed, 19 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000Would the Legendary Babe Ruth Still Be a Star if He Played Today?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/would-babe-ruth-still-be-a-star-if-he-played-today-180962935/ Award-winning sportswriter Jane Leavy says the Bambino would be as big a personality as he was in his own timeTue, 18 Apr 2017 19:03:29 +0000Learn the Secret History of Your State With These Addictive Podcastshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/indispensable-guide-best-podcasts-learning-about-your-states-history-180962931/Use this indispensable guide to find out which podcast will be next on your listen listTue, 18 Apr 2017 17:47:15 +0000Why Mount Fuji Endures As a Powerful Force in Japanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/mount-fuji-endures-powerful-force-japan-180962782/Not even crowds and the threat of an eruption can dampen the eternally mysterious volcanoTue, 18 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +0000How the Mustang, the Symbol of the Frontier, Became a Nuisancehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mustang-symbol-frontier-became-nuisance-180962771/A mainstay of Western culture, the free-roaming stallions are now a force to be reckoned withTue, 18 Apr 2017 15:00:00 +0000Sneak Peek: The Lost Tapes: LA Riotshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/sneak-peek-the-lost-tapes-la-riots/On April 29, 1992, Los Angeles erupted into chaos after four white LAPD officers were acquitted for beating African-American motorist Rodney KingTue, 18 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Debate Over Executive Orders Began With Teddy Roosevelt's Mad Passion for Conservationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-theodore-roosevelts-executive-orders-reshaped-countryand-presidency-180962908/Teddy used nearly 10 times as many executive orders as his predecessor. The repercussions are still felt todayMon, 17 Apr 2017 14:00:00 +0000Reports on the Death of the Circus Have Been Greatly Exaggerated http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/reports-death-circus-have-been-greatly-exaggerated-180962835/Celebrating the arts, business, history and culture of the circus, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival brings 400 performers to the National Mall this summerFri, 14 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000In a Czar-less Russia, Winning Was Easy. Governing Was Harder.http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/czar-less-russia-winning-was-easy-governing-was-harder-180962897/Now without a sovereign, Russia’s provisional government sought to maintain peace at home while waging a world warThu, 13 Apr 2017 16:28:02 +0000These 20th-Century Technologists Sure Knew How to Throw a Partyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-technologists-sure-knew-how-to-throw-a-party-180962747/To mark the centennial of the American Patent System in 1936, a group of innovators gathered to throw a deliciously creative celebrationThu, 13 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Swashbuckling History of Women Pirateshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/swashbuckling-history-women-pirates-180962874/When women roamed the high seas in search of fortune, freedom, and sometimes revengeWed, 12 Apr 2017 17:29:33 +0000The Women Who Fried Donuts and Dodged Bombs on the Front Lines of WWIhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/donut-girls-wwi-helped-fill-soldiers-bellies-and-get-women-vote-180962864/Even if they had to use shell casings as rolling pins, the donuts still got madeWed, 12 Apr 2017 14:43:06 +0000Why Are We So Obsessed With Dead Bodies?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/why-are-we-so-obsessed-dead-bodies-180962869/<i>Body Worlds</i> taps into a long, fraught history of humans displaying the deceased for "science"Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:29:36 +0000A Smithsonian Historian Wanders the “Bardo,” Exploring the Spiritual World of the 19th Centuryhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-historian-wanders-bardo-exploring-spiritual-world-19th-century-180962795/George Saunders’ new novel, “Lincoln in the Bardo” recalls the melancholy that hung over a nation at war Wed, 12 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Great Mississippi Flood of 1927 Laid Bare the Divide Between the North and the Southhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/devastating-mississippi-river-flood-uprooted-americas-faith-progress-180962856/The 1927 disaster exposed a country divided by stereotypes and united by modernityTue, 11 Apr 2017 18:38:30 +0000How Director James Gray Discovered the Insanity Behind the Search for “The Lost City of Z”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-director-james-gray-discovered-insanity-behind-the-search-lost-city-z-180962762/A story of Victorian-age madness and exploration in the South American jungle is coming to a theater near youTue, 11 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why Teddy Roosevelt Tried to Bully His Way Onto the WWI Battlefieldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-teddy-roosevelt-tried-bully-way-onto-wwi-battlefield-180962840/Tensions ran high when President Wilson quashed the return of the former president’s Rough RidersMon, 10 Apr 2017 14:28:39 +0000Why Is the Pentagon a Pentagon?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-pentagon-pentagon-180962719/Planners battled to ensure the building kept its unique shapeMon, 10 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Mystery of Roanoke Endures Yet Another Cruel Twisthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mystery-roanoke-endures-yet-another-cruel-twist-180962837/An artifact found 20 years ago turns out to not be what archaeologists thoughtFri, 07 Apr 2017 19:01:28 +0000World War I Letters From Generals to Doughboys Voice the Sorrow of Fighting a Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/world-war-1-letters-generals-doughboys-carry-sorrow-180962798/An exhibition at the National Postal Museum displays a rare letter from General John Pershing Thu, 06 Apr 2017 20:25:33 +0000The Man Who Brought the Swastika to Germany, and How the Nazis Stole Ithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/man-who-brought-swastika-germany-and-how-nazis-stole-it-180962812/Even after decades, the symbol can’t shake free from its evil associationsThu, 06 Apr 2017 17:04:48 +0000These Powerful Posters Persuaded Americans It Was Time to Join the Fighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-powerful-posters-persuaded-americans-it-was-time-to-join-the-fight-180962797/The Smithsonian offers a rare opportunity to see an original iconic Uncle Sam "I Want You" poster, among others, of the World War I era Wed, 05 Apr 2017 18:17:02 +0000Why It Matters Whether Students Learn About World War I in American History or World History Classhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-should-world-war-i-be-taught-american-schools-180962761/Some of the most important lessons of the Great War get lost between the two approachesTue, 04 Apr 2017 15:00:33 +0000How World War I Influenced the Evolution of Modern Medicinehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-world-war-i-impacted-modern-medicine-180962623/Medical technology and roles during World War I are highlighted in a new display at the National Museum of American History Tue, 04 Apr 2017 13:29:55 +0000Women On the Frontlines of WWI Came to Operate Telephoneshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-frontlines-wwi-came-operate-telephones-180962687/The “Hello Girls” risked their lives to run military communications—and were denied recognition when they returned homeTue, 04 Apr 2017 12:29:27 +0000How 1950s Las Vegas Sold Atomic Bomb Tests as Tourismhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-1950s-las-vegas-sold-atomic-bomb-tests-a_1/Between 1950 and 1960, the population of Las Vegas grew by 161%--partly due to the burgeoning casino industryTue, 04 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000How Woodrow Wilson’s War Speech to Congress Changed Him – and the Nationhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-woodrow-wilsons-war-speech-congress-changed-him-and-nation-180962755/In 70 days in 1917, President Wilson converted from peace advocate to war presidentMon, 03 Apr 2017 17:24:07 +0000World War I Letters Show Theodore Roosevelt's Unbearable Grief After the Death of his Son http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/letters-unbearable-grief-theodore-roosevelt-death-son-180962743/A rich trove of letters in the new book “My Fellow Soldiers” tells the stories of generals, doughboys, doctors and nurses, and those on the home frontMon, 03 Apr 2017 16:33:38 +0000How a KGB Spy Defected and Became a U.S. Citizenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-kgb-spy-defected-and-became-us-citizen-180962752/Jack Barsky wanted to stay in the country, so he let the Soviets think he was deadMon, 03 Apr 2017 12:14:39 +0000Intense Footage of Fake Towns Used for 1950s Nuclear Testshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/intense-footage-of-fake-towns-used-for-1950s_1/To test the impact of an atomic blast on populated areas, technicians built entire fake towns, with houses, shops, and even mannequin familiesMon, 03 Apr 2017 12:00:00 +0000When the Nazis Tried to Bring Animals Back From Extinctionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-nazis-tried-bring-animals-back-extinction-180962739/Their ideology of genetic purity extended to aspirations about reviving a pristine landscape with ancient animals and forestsFri, 31 Mar 2017 15:04:58 +0000The Myth of Professional Beggars Spawned Today's Enduring Stereotypeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/myth-professional-beggars-and-why-it-endured-centuries-180962726/In England and the United States, the fear of beggars gave rise to a number of justifications for why they shouldn't be helpedThu, 30 Mar 2017 17:16:52 +0000There Are Two Versions of the Story of How the U.S. Purchased Alaska From Russiahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-russia-gave-alaska-americas-gateway-arctic-180962714/The tale of "Seward's Folly" must also be seen through the eyes of Alaska's native populationsWed, 29 Mar 2017 18:54:57 +0000This Little-Known Math Genius Helped America Reach the Stars http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/little-known-math-genius-helped-america-reach-stars-180962700/A hidden figure during her lifetime, it’s time for Mary Golda Ross to be remembered as an aerospace pioneer Wed, 29 Mar 2017 14:21:54 +000012 Cafés Every History Buff Needs to Visithttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/best-cafes-history-buffs-180962692/The best historic coffee shops around the world, from Paris to Buenos AiresWed, 29 Mar 2017 10:00:00 +0000The Complex Maneuvering of WWI's Biggest Naval Battlehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-complex-maneuvering-of-wwis-biggest-nav/On May 31, 1916, a small skirmish between British and German warships would pave the way for the biggest naval confrontation of WWITue, 28 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000How the Bloodiest Mutiny in British Naval History Helped Create American Political Asylumhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-bloodiest-mutiny-british-naval-history-helped-create-american-political-asylum-180962664/Outrage over the revolt spurred the U.S. to deliver on a promise of the RevolutionFri, 24 Mar 2017 15:04:28 +0000FDR Had a Famous Ghostwriter: Orson Welles http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fdr-had-famous-ghostwriter-orson-welles-180962658/The legendary actor stumped and even wrote speeches for the 32nd presidentThu, 23 Mar 2017 18:56:00 +0000Is Elizabeth Warren the Real Jacksonian on Capitol Hill? http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/elizabeth-warren-real-jacksonian-capitol-hill-180962651/Warren has progressive values, but her populism is just like Andrew Jackson’sThu, 23 Mar 2017 18:00:00 +0000By the Numbers: The United States of Refugeeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/by-numbers-united-states-refugees-180962487/President Trump’s order temporarily barring all refugees and many immigrants has ignited debate about U.S. policies toward outsidersThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:56:18 +0000A Modern Odyssey: Two Iraqi Refugees Tell Their Harrowing Storyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/modern-odyssey-two-iraqi-refugees-tell-story-180962475/Fleeing violence in Iraq, two close friends embarked on an epic journey across Europe—and ended up worlds apartThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:44:51 +0000The True Story of Pocahontashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-pocahontas-180962649/Historian Camilla Townsend separates fact from fiction, as a new documentary premieres about the American Indian princessThu, 23 Mar 2017 16:09:26 +0000The Dark History of Japan's Rabbit Islandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/japan-rabbit-island-dark-history-180962631/ Thu, 23 Mar 2017 15:28:12 +0000Fighting the Nazis With Fake Newshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fighting-nazis-fake-news-180962481/A new documentary rediscovers a World War II campaign that was stranger than nonfictionThu, 23 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000How the Liberty Bell Won the Great Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-liberty-bell-won-great-war-180962471/ As it entered World War I, the United States was politically torn and financially challenged. An American icon came to the rescueWed, 22 Mar 2017 16:14:36 +0000America’s Big Circus Spectacular Has a Long and Cherished Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/americas-big-circus-spectacular-has-long-and-cherished-history-180962621/The “Greatest Show on Earth” enthralled small-town crowds and had a long-lasting influence on national cultureWed, 22 Mar 2017 13:16:11 +0000This Ace Aviatrix Learned to Fly Even Though Orville Wright Refused to Teach Herhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/ace-aviatrix-learned-fly-even-though-orville-wright-refused-teach-her-180962606/With flint and derring-do, the early 20th century pilot Ruth Law ruled American skiesWed, 22 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Telling the Forgotten Stories of the Everyday Americans of the Revolutionary Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/telling-forgotten-stories-everyday-americans-revolutionary-war-180962618/Near where the Battle of Yorktown was waged, a new museum fuses innovative technology with storytelling techniques to connect with visitorsWed, 22 Mar 2017 12:33:18 +0000What Did WWI Soldiers Leave Behind in Their Secret Bunkers?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-did-wwi-soldiers-leave-behind-in-their/The French-German border is littered with as many as 500 underground sites used during World War I. Researcher Jeff Gusky explores themWed, 22 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Inside Story of Richard Nixon’s Ugly, 30-Year Feud with Earl Warrenhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-story-richard-nixons-ugly-30-year-feud-earl-warren-180962614/Their dislike for each other set the tone for Supreme Court politics for decades to comeTue, 21 Mar 2017 17:29:36 +0000What Do Native American Carvings in French WWI Quarries Mean?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-do-native-american-carvings-in-french-w/Why is there a Native American canoe carved in an abandoned quarry inhabited by U.S. soldiers during WWI?Tue, 21 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Unmasking the Mad Bomberhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unmasking-the-mad-bomber-180962469/When James A. Brussel used psychiatry to think like a criminal, he pioneered the science of profilingMon, 20 Mar 2017 15:21:42 +0000The History of “Stolen” Supreme Court Seatshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-stolen-supreme-court-seats-180962589/As the new administration seeks to fill a vacancy on the Court, a look back at the forgotten mid-19th century battles over the judiciaryMon, 20 Mar 2017 14:21:50 +0000What It Was Like to Be on the Ground at Iwo Jimahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-it-was-like-to-be-on-the-ground-at-iwo/Weapon Hunter host Paul Shull is tracing the history of the iconic American gun known as the StingerMon, 20 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000Find Your 2,000-Year-Old Doppelgängerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/who-your-ancient-statue-doppleganger-180962585/Send the Musée de la Civilisation a photo, and it will match you with an ancient statueFri, 17 Mar 2017 20:06:27 +0000Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr and the American Way of Treasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/thomas-jefferson-aaron-burr-and-american-way-treason-180962573/The U.S. had good reason to be cautious about drawing a line between disloyalty and conduct deserving of prosecutionFri, 17 Mar 2017 14:06:23 +0000What It Took to Travel the World Solo as a 19th-Century Womanhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/what-it-took-to-travel-the-world-solo-as-a-1/Marianne North was not your typical Victorian noblewoman content to simply enjoy the comforts of British high societyFri, 17 Mar 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Origins of Chicago's Green River, Shamrock Shakes and Other Surprising Trivia About St. Patrick's Dayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/saint-patrick-wasnt-irish-10-surprising-facts-about-irish-holiday-180962563/From colonial patriots to mass-marketed milkshakes, the Irish religious holiday has morphed into a worldwide celebrationThu, 16 Mar 2017 16:27:47 +0000Hot Food, Fast: The Home Microwave Oven Turns 50http://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/hot-food-fast-home-microwave-oven-turns-50-180962545/A serendipitous discovery helped engineers harness radar to create the now ubiquitous timesaving applianceThu, 16 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000Why Americans Flocked to Catch a Glimpse of Hitler's Carhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/car-drove-hitler-its-road-trip-across-us-and-why-americans-flocked-see-it-180962547/At carnivals and state fairs across the country, curious onlookers were drawn to the Fuhrer's chariotThu, 16 Mar 2017 12:09:35 +0000This Virginia Winery Once Housed One of WWII's Most Important Spy Stationshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/cold-war-museum-winery-virginia-180962428/Speakeasies are so 2012—this place has actual secretsTue, 14 Mar 2017 18:46:36 +0000The Attempted Assassination of Andrew Jacksonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/attempted-assassination-andrew-jackson-180962526/A madman, a conspiracy and a lot of angry politiciansTue, 14 Mar 2017 18:35:41 +0000This Orphanage Did More Than Find Homes for Children of the Holocaust. It Helped Them Reclaim Their Humanityhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/orphanage-helped-them-reclaim-their-humanity-180962516/Run by the United Nations, Kloster Indersdorf took a revolutionary approach in caring for its chargesTue, 14 Mar 2017 14:46:24 +0000The Grisly History of Brooklyn's Revolutionary War Martyrshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/grisly-history-brooklyns-revolutionary-war-martyrs-180962508/The Prison Ship Martyrs Monument, a crypt in Fort Greene Park, may become part of the national park systemMon, 13 Mar 2017 19:18:50 +0000The Abdication of Nicholas II Left Russia Without a Czar for the First Time in 300 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/abdication-nicholas-ii-left-russia-without-tsar-first-time-300-years-180962503/Events in Saint Petersburg 100 years ago brought the end to the Romanov dynastyMon, 13 Mar 2017 15:59:06 +0000How Humans Invented Numbers—And How Numbers Reshaped Our Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-humans-invented-numbersand-how-numbers-reshaped-our-world-180962485/Anthropologist Caleb Everett explores the subject in his new book, <em>Numbers and the Making Of Us</em>Mon, 13 Mar 2017 14:08:08 +0000The Trashy Beginnings of “Don’t Mess With Texas”http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/trashy-beginnings-dont-mess-texas-180962490/A true story of the defining phrase of the Lone Star stateFri, 10 Mar 2017 17:55:35 +0000Photographs of America’s Eastern Treasures Finally Have Their Moment in the Limelighthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/photographs-of-america-eastern-treasures-moment-limelight-180962460/A neglected period of American photographic history goes on display at the National Gallery of ArtFri, 10 Mar 2017 15:27:28 +0000Allied Troops Used These Massive Pipe Bombs at Omaha Beachhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/allied-troops-used-these-massive-pipe-bombs/World War II veteran John Raaen Jr. was there the day Allied troops stormed Omaha Beach at NormandyFri, 10 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000The Myth That Washington Was a Swamp Will Never Go Awayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/draining-swamp-guide-outsiders-and-career-politicians-180962448/It makes for a catchy slogan used by politicians of all persuasions, but there's little truth to itThu, 09 Mar 2017 17:48:13 +0000The Polish Patriot Who Helped Americans Beat the Britishhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/polish-patriot-who-helped-americans-beat-british-180962430/Thaddeus Kosciuszko engineered the colonial defenses in some of the Revolution's most critical battlesWed, 08 Mar 2017 15:07:53 +0000A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Radioactive Oatmeal Go Downhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/spoonful-sugar-helps-radioactive-oatmeal-go-down-180962424/When MIT and Quaker Oats paired up to conduct experiments on unsuspecting young boysWed, 08 Mar 2017 15:00:00 +0000A Pearl Harbor Veteran Tells His Harrowing Story of Survivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-pearl-harbor-veteran-tells-his-harrowing-s_1/Mickey Ganitch, a U.S. sailor stationed at Pearl Harbor, was gearing up for a football game on December 7, 1941, when hundreds of fighter pilots appearedWed, 08 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000This Medieval Knight’s Manor Houses Over 350 Mechanical Musical Instrumentshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/musical-detour-rhineland-collection-mechanical-instruments-180962418/From tiny music boxes to the bus-sized Orchestrion, Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Cabinet in Germany's Rhineland is the perfect musical detourTue, 07 Mar 2017 21:21:08 +0000Puerto Ricans Got U.S. Citizenship 100 Years Ago—But Their Identity Remains Fraughthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/100-years-ago-puerto-ricans-got-us-citizenship-it-only-made-things-more-complicated-180962412/Even a century later, those who live in the U.S. territory have little autonomyTue, 07 Mar 2017 18:30:00 +0000How a Soap Opera Virus Felled Hundreds of Students in Portugalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-soap-opera-virus-felled-hundreds-students-portugal-180962383/The “Strawberries With Sugar” outbreak is just one example of mass hysteria, which goes back centuriesMon, 06 Mar 2017 16:10:15 +0000For More Than 150 Years, Texas Has Had the Power to Secede…From Itselfhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/more-150-years-texas-has-had-power-secede-itself-180962354/A quirk of a 19th-century Congressional resolution could allow Texas to split up into five statesThu, 02 Mar 2017 16:57:23 +0000The Political Cartoon That Explains the Battle Over Reconstructionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/political-cartoon-explains-battle-over-reconstruction-180962351/Take a deep dive into this drawing by famed illustrator Thomas NastThu, 02 Mar 2017 16:36:45 +0000A Plane Landing in Arctic Conditions Ends in Tragedyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-plane-landing-in-arctic-conditions/It should have been a routine landing for First Air Flight 6560 at Canada's Resolute Bay Airport, despite the harsh Arctic conditions.Thu, 02 Mar 2017 13:00:00 +0000