History | Smithsonianhttp://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenThu, 23 Jun 2016 12:34:06 +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 +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 +0000