History | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenThu, 22 Jun 2017 12:47:50 +0000Explore Armenia's Medieval Monasteries in Interactive 360-Degree Panoramashttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/explore-armenias-ancient-monasteries-interactive-360-degree-panoramas-180963579/Navigate through secluded buildings that once housed some of the brightest scholars of the Middle AgesWed, 07 Jun 2017 00:17:22 +0000The Forgotten Man Who Transformed Journalism in Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/forgotten-man-who-transformed-journalism-america-180963784/Lowell Thomas was the first host of a TV broadcast news program, and adopted a number of other new technologies to make his mark in the 20th centuryThu, 22 Jun 2017 12:47:50 +0000Horse-Riding Librarians Were the Great Depression's Bookmobileshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/horse-riding-librarians-were-great-depression-bookmobiles-180963786/During the Great Depression, a New Deal program brought books to Kentuckians living in remote areasWed, 21 Jun 2017 18:35:18 +0000Secret Tunnels Under London, Once Used to Hide Art During WWI, Open to the Public for the First Timehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/secret-tunnels-under-london-open-public-180963764/Explore the 6.5-mile-long network of hidden mail tunnels starting this JulyWed, 21 Jun 2017 15:36:37 +0000Smithsonian’s Behind-the-Scenes “Sidedoor” Podcast Returns for Second Seasonhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonians-behind-scenes-sidedoor-podcast-returns-second-season-180963751/New episodes explore a 150-year-old cold case, the history of beer, war photography and moreWed, 21 Jun 2017 12:55:56 +0000Making Cents of Currency's Ancient Risehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/making-cents-currencys-ancient-rise-180963776/Cash has been king for over 40,000 yearsTue, 20 Jun 2017 19:26:40 +0000The Great Uprising: How a Powder Revolutionized Bakinghttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/great-uprising-how-powder-revolutionized-baking-180963772/Before baking powder hit the scene in 1856, making cake was not a piece of cakeTue, 20 Jun 2017 19:14:15 +0000The Woman Whose Words Inflamed the American Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/woman-whose-words-inflamed-american-revolution-180963765/Mercy Otis Warren used her wit to agitate for independenceTue, 20 Jun 2017 15:14:42 +0000Why Pocahontas May Not Have Rescued John Smith After Allhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/why-pocahontas-may-not-have-rescued-john-smi/According to legend, Pocahontas threw herself between the leader of the Jamestown colony, John Smith, and a warrior's club to save himMon, 19 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why Sand Covers the Floor of One of the Western Hemisphere's Oldest Synagogueshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/Caribbean-synagogue-sand-floor-180963581/Fleeing anti-Semitism in Europe, Jews found unexpected shelter on the island of CuraçaoThu, 15 Jun 2017 16:37:30 +0000The Political Dealmaking That Finally Brought Hawaii Statehood http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-puerto-rico-learn-hawaii-180963690/And what Puerto Rico can learn from the prolonged processThu, 15 Jun 2017 14:27:58 +0000Rachel Jackson, the Scandalous Divorcee Who Almost Became First Ladyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rachel-jackson-was-original-monica-lewinsky-180963713/Rachel Jackson ran away from her husband and got divorced to marry Andrew, an incident that haunted her for lifeThu, 15 Jun 2017 13:10:55 +0000When Fresh Air Went Out of Fashion at Hospitalshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-fresh-air-went-out-fashion-hospitals-180963710/How the hospital went from luxury resort to windowless boxWed, 14 Jun 2017 19:09:54 +0000Telling the Story of 19th-Century Native American Treasures Through Bird Feathershttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/telling-story-19th-century-native-american-treasures-through-bird-feathers-180963700/Famed explorer John Wesley Powell’s archive of his 19th century travels is newly examinedWed, 14 Jun 2017 17:06:33 +0000Art Installations Transform a Historic Venetian Islandhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/visit-private-venetian-art-gallery-island-180963627/San Clemente Island in the Lagoon of Venice, a former refuge for crusaders and a hospice for plague victims, opens an island-wide art showTue, 13 Jun 2017 14:50:12 +0000The Thrilling Tale of How Robert Smalls Seized a Confederate Ship and Sailed it to Freedomhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/thrilling-tale-how-robert-smalls-heroically-sailed-stolen-confederate-ship-freedom-180963689/He risked his life to liberate his family and became a legend in the processTue, 13 Jun 2017 14:46:04 +0000The Spy Who Became England’s First Successful Female Writerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/spy-who-became-englands-first-successful-female-writer-180963643/Aphra Behn made a name for herself in Restoration-era England, when most women still relied on their husbandsTue, 13 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000The History of American Impeachmenthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-you-need-know-about-impeachment-180963645/There’s a precedent that it's not just for presidentsMon, 12 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000“I Hope It Is Not Too Late”: How the U.S. Decided to Send Millions of Troops Into World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/i-hope-it-not-too-late-180963640/The Allies were desperate for reinforcements, but the U.S. wasn’t quite ready to provide themMon, 12 Jun 2017 13:17:27 +0000Medicine Creek, the Treaty That Set the Stage for Standing Rockhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/standing-rock-there-was-medicine-creek-180963623/The Fish Wars of the 1960s led to an affirmation of Native American rights Fri, 09 Jun 2017 14:00:00 +0000How Watching Congressional Hearings Became an American Pastimehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-watching-congressional-hearings-became-american-pastime-180963614/Decades before Watergate, mobsters helped turn hearings into must-see televisionThu, 08 Jun 2017 13:40:09 +0000Where Does 'Beyond the Pale' Come From?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/where-does-beyond-the-pale-come-from/Trim Castle in County Meath, Ireland, is famous for two things: It was a location in 'Braveheart,' and it played a part in the phrase 'beyond the pale'Thu, 08 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000A Stunning & Dramatic Irish Island Once Inhabited by Monkshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-stunning-dramatic-irish-island-once-inha/Over seven miles off the Irish coast, lie the sea crags of Skellig Michael, a breathtaking island once home to a community of reclusive monksWed, 07 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000What the Six-Day War Tells Us About the Cold War http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-six-day-war-tells-us-about-cold-war-180963590/In 1967, Israel launched a preemptive attack on Egypt. The fight was spurred in part by Soviet meddlingTue, 06 Jun 2017 19:25:22 +0000England’s Most Brutal King Was Its Best Peacemakerhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/englands-most-brutal-king-was-its-best-peacemaker-180963574/William the Conqueror was ruthless, but he achieved something his predecessors couldn’t: peaceMon, 05 Jun 2017 18:49:44 +0000When Nova Scotia Almost Joined the American Revolutionhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-nova-scotia-almost-joined-american-revolution-180963564/New England expats felt a strong allegiance to the struggles felt by their American friends to the southMon, 05 Jun 2017 14:26:40 +0000A Brief History of the GIF, From Early Internet Innovation to Ubiquitous Relichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-gif-early-internet-innovation-ubiquitous-relic-180963543/How an image format changed the way we communicateFri, 02 Jun 2017 15:33:46 +0000The Reason This South American Tribe Shrunk Their Enemies' Headshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-reason-this-south-american-tribe-shrunk/The Shuar of South America is the only tribe to have never been conquered by the Spanish EmpireThu, 01 Jun 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why It’s So Hard to Find the Original Owners of Nazi-Looted Arthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-its-so-hard-find-real-owners-nazi-looted-art-180963513/International experts recently gathered at Smithsonian to discuss the state of international provenance researchWed, 31 May 2017 18:31:29 +0000Why an Alabama Town Has a Monument Honoring the Most Destructive Pest in American Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/agricultural-pest-honored-herald-prosperity-enterprise-alabama-180963506/The boll weevil decimated the South's cotton industry, but the city of Enterprise found prosperity insteadWed, 31 May 2017 15:30:06 +0000The Racial Segregation of American Cities Was Anything But Accidentalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-federal-government-intentionally-racially-segregated-american-cities-180963494/A housing policy expert explains how federal government policies created the suburbs and the inner city Tue, 30 May 2017 17:48:38 +0000Edith Wharton Recruited the World’s Greatest Artists to Raise Money for WWI Refugeeshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/edith-wharton-recruited-worlds-greatest-artists-raise-money-wwi-refugees-180963493/A century ago, the famous author took it upon herself to help those left behind by the war’s carnageTue, 30 May 2017 14:53:42 +0000The Restaurant Doodle That Launched a Political Movementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/restaurant-doodle-launched-political-movement-180963466/How one economist’s graph on a napkin reshaped the Republican Party and upended tax policyTue, 30 May 2017 13:42:20 +0000How a Downed U.S. Plane Almost Caused a Nuclear Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-a-downed-us-plane-almost-caused-a-nucl/When the Cubans accidentally shoot down a U.S. U-2 aircraft, the threat of nuclear war becomes a serious possibility Mon, 29 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000World War I Cemeteries & Memorials Around the Worldhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/WWI-cemeteries-around-world-180963437/ Fri, 26 May 2017 19:28:12 +0000The Real Culprit of an Ancient Egyptian Plague Was... Bread?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-real-culprit-of-an-ancient-egyptian-plag/According to the Bible, the 10th plague to befall Ancient Egypt killed the first born child of every familyFri, 26 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Children of the ‘80s Never Fear: Video Games Did Not Ruin Your Lifehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/children-80s-never-fear-video-games-did-not-ruin-your-life-180963452/Inside the ridiculous media panic that scared parents sillyThu, 25 May 2017 14:13:30 +0000Top Hats, James Bond and a Shipwreck: Seven Fun Facts About John F. Kennedyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/top-hats-james-bond-and-shipwreck-seven-fun-facts-about-john-f-kennedy-180963447/To celebrate the 100th anniversary of JFK’s birth, a look at his extraordinary lifeThu, 25 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000U-2 Dragon Lady Gives a Helping Hand to U.S. Troopshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/u-2-dragon-lady-gives-a-helping-hand-to-us/When a U.S. convoy in Afghanistan has vehicle problems and is forced to stop for repairs, a U-2 aircraft spots a Taliban ambush coming their wayWed, 24 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Malta’s Hypogeum, One of the World’s Best Preserved Prehistoric Sites, Reopens to the Publichttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/maltas-hypogeum-one-worlds-best-preserved-prehistoric-sites-reopens-public-180963397/The complex of excavated cave chambers includes a temple, cemetery and funeral hallTue, 23 May 2017 17:20:51 +0000What the Unisphere Tells Us About America at the Dawn of the Space Agehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unisphere-america-dawn-space-age-180963244/A towering tribute to the future past—and one man’s egoTue, 23 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000Joe Pyne Was America's First Shock Jockhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/joe-pyne-first-shock-jock-180963237/Newly discovered tapes resurrect the angry ghost of Joe Pyne, the original outrageous talk show hostTue, 23 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000The Namesake of Howard University Spent Years Kicking Native Americans Off of Their Landhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/namesake-howard-university-spent-years-kicking-native-americans-out-180963409/Oliver Otis Howard was a revered Civil War general—but his career had a dark postscriptTue, 23 May 2017 14:10:16 +0000The True Story of Brainwashing and How It Shaped Americahttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-brainwashing-and-how-it-shaped-america-180963400/Fears of Communism during the Cold War spurred psychological research, pop culture hits, and unethical experiments in the CIAMon, 22 May 2017 16:24:06 +0000How a Single Paragraph Paved the Way for a Jewish State http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/single-paragraph-paved-way-jewish-state-180963390/The Balfour Declaration changed the course of history with just one sentenceMon, 22 May 2017 14:17:52 +0000Footage of a Tense Aerial Battle During the Falklands Warhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/footage-of-a-tense-aerial-battle-during-the-_1/It's 10 weeks into the Falklands War, and two British Harriers find themselves protecting a damaged ship, the HMS HermesMon, 22 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000How World War I Changed Weather Forecasting for Goodhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-world-war-i-changed-weather-good-180963360/ Prior to the Great War, weather forecasters had never considered using mathematical modelingThu, 18 May 2017 16:03:44 +0000The 1927 Bombing That Remains America’s Deadliest School Massacrehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/1927-bombing-remains-americas-deadliest-school-massacre-180963355/Ninety years ago, a school in Bath, Michigan was rigged with explosives in a brutal act that stunned the town Thu, 18 May 2017 14:52:49 +0000What Richmond Has Gotten Right About Interpreting Its Confederate Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-richmond-has-gotten-right-about-interpreting-its-confederate-history-180963354/And why it hasn't faced the same controversy as New Orleans or CharlottesvilleThu, 18 May 2017 14:31:09 +0000How Coffee, Chocolate and Tea Overturned a 1,500-Year-Old Medical Mindsethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-coffee-chocolate-and-tea-overturned-1500-year-old-medical-mindset-180963339/The humoral system dominated medicine since the Ancient Greeks—but it was no match for these New World beveragesWed, 17 May 2017 17:22:12 +0000The True Story Behind Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Her Mixed-Up Fileshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/fifty-years-ago-two-kids-slept-over-met-museum-and-literary-classic-was-born-180963325/Fifty years ago, author E.L. Konigsburg wrote her children's literature classic that highlighted the wonder of museumsTue, 16 May 2017 17:39:13 +0000JFK's Presidency Was Custom Made for the Golden Age of Photojournalism http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/jfks-presidency-was-custom-made-golden-age-photojournalism-180963281/A new exhibition at the Smithsonian American Art Museum concentrates on the White House's most photogenic couple Mon, 15 May 2017 15:18:10 +0000How WWI Sparked the Gay Rights Movementhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/forgotten-origins-modern-gay-rights-movement-wwi-180963283/ Soldiers came home from the Great War with a demand—full equality under the lawMon, 15 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000A Rare Public Display of a 17th-Century Mayan Manuscript http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/17th-century-mayan-manuscript-displayed-rare-public-display-180963272/With the book newly digitized, scholars are reinterpreting a story of native resistance from within its pagesFri, 12 May 2017 18:18:49 +0000Medieval Mothers Had to Marry and Murder to Get Their Wayhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/medieval-mothers-had-marry-and-murder-get-their-way-180963282/The stories are below aren’t pulled from “Game of Thrones.” PromiseFri, 12 May 2017 15:33:52 +0000The Suffragist Statue Trapped in a Broom Closet for 75 Yearshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/suffragist-statue-trapped-broom-closet-75-years-180963274/The Portrait Monument was a testament to women’s struggle for the vote that remained hidden till 1997Fri, 12 May 2017 14:00:47 +0000A Federal Immigration Building With a Dark Pasthttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/federal-immigration-building-180963265/In post-war San Francisco, discrimination against Chinese immigrants resulted in tragedyFri, 12 May 2017 13:43:20 +0000Has the FBI Ever Been Divorced From Politics?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/has-fbi-ever-been-divorced-politics-180963257/From its earliest days, Congress feared it would act as a “secret federal police”Thu, 11 May 2017 15:00:00 +0000For Black Photographers, the Camera Records Stories of Joy and Strugglehttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/black-photographers-camera-joy-struggle-180963180/The African American History Museum showcases for the first time signature photographs from its new collectionsWed, 10 May 2017 15:46:17 +0000How White House Chiefs of Staff Help Governhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/head-behind-chief-executive-how-white-house-chiefs-staff-help-govern-180963099/According to Chris Whipple’s new book, an empowered chief of staff can make a successful presidencyTue, 09 May 2017 14:47:13 +0000Ancient Engineering That Kept One of the Driest Cities Wethttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/ancient-engineering-that-kept-one-of-the-dri/The ancient Nabataeans' water storage and irrigation system was a marvel of engineeringTue, 09 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000The Faux “Sioux” Sharpshooter Who Became Annie Oakley’s Rivalhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/faux-sioux-sharpshooter-who-became-annie-oakleys-rival-180963164/By reinventing herself as Indian, Lillian Smith became a wild west sensation—and escaped an unhappy pastMon, 08 May 2017 13:00:00 +0000Did a Flood Wipe Out the Mysterious Ancient City of Petra?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/did-a-flood-wipe-out-the-mysterious-ancient/Why did the ancient Nabataeans desert the city of Petra? The answer lies in traces of white sand found in its rubble, suggesting a massive floodMon, 08 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000Why the Colonies’ Most Galvanizing Patriot Never Became a Founding Fatherhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/transformative-patriot-who-didnt-become-founding-father-180963166/James Otis, Jr. used his words to whip anti-British sentiment into a frenzy—so why isn’t he better remembered now?Fri, 05 May 2017 19:00:00 +0000The Animals That Helped Win World War Ihttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/animals-that-helped-win-world-war-I-180963042/Newly digitized photos tell the story of animals that fought as soldiers during the Great War Fri, 05 May 2017 18:16:00 +0000How African-Americans Disappeared From the Kentucky Derbyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-african-americans-disappeared-kentucky-derby-180963159/Black jockeys won more than half of the first 25 runnings of the Kentucky Derby. Then they started losing their jobsFri, 05 May 2017 15:41:45 +0000What Really Felled the Hindenburg?http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/80th-anniversary-hindenburg-disaster-mysteries-remain-180963107/On the 80th anniversary of the conflagration, mysteries still remainThu, 04 May 2017 15:10:19 +0000What Was the Protest Group Students for a Democratic Society? Five Questions Answeredhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-was-protest-group-students-democratic-society-five-questions-answered-180963138/Todd Gitlin, former president of Students for a Democratic Society, shares his perspective on protest in the 60s and nowThu, 04 May 2017 15:03:53 +0000A Digital Archive of Slave Voyages Details the Largest Forced Migration in Historyhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/digital-archive-slave-voyages-details-largest-forced-migration-history-180963093/An online database explores the nearly 36,000 slave voyages that occurred between 1514 and 1866Mon, 01 May 2017 16:54:58 +0000On Evil May Day, Londoners Rioted Over Foreigners Stealing Their Jobshttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/evil-may-day-1517-london-riots-over-foreigners-180963090/It’s been 500 years since London’s artisans turned a festival into a rampageMon, 01 May 2017 14:00:00 +0000Some Very Compelling Evidence the Tower of Babel Was Realhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/some-very-compelling-evidence-the-tower-of-b/Biblical scholars have debated whether the Tower of Babel existed. A remarkable stone tablet never before shown on film appears to settle that questionMon, 01 May 2017 12:00:00 +0000From This Desk, 100 Years Ago, U.S. Operations in World War I Were Conceived http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/desk-one-hundred-years-ago-us-operations-world-war-i-were-conceived-180963057/Germany's defeat could be traced to pins in a map now on display at the Smithsonian's American History MuseumSun, 30 Apr 2017 13:00:00 +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 +0000