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Going where few cartographers have gone before, the expedition members hope to find a river that will carry them all the way to the Pacific Ocean
April 2004 | By Smithsonian magazine
The first shipment of botanical specimens sent to President Jefferson contained the seeds of thousands of miles of fences
March 2004 | By Smithsonian magazine
A cache of recently discovered letters darkens the British naval warrior's honor and enhances that of his long-suffering wife, Frances
February 2004 | By Michael Ryan
As archaeologists unearth a secret slave passageway used by abolitionist Thaddeus Stevens, scholars reevaluate his reputation and that of his neighbors and nemesis, James Buchanan
February 2004 | By Fergus M. Bordewich
William Clark—a better explorer than speller—tells his older brother of the impending transfer of the Louisiana Territory to the United States
February 2004 | By Smithsonian magazine
While the budding Corps of Discovery plans the expedition near St. Louis, William Clark grades the recruits
January 2004 | By Smithsonian magazine
Jefferson spells out the mission
December 2003 | By Smithsonian magazine
Decades after President Kennedy's assassination, historians, artists and politicians remember the day that forever changed their perception of America
November 01, 2003 | By Dana Calvo
In a new book, a British journalist documents the day-by-day march into conflict in Iraq
October 2003 | By Peter Stothard
Returning to Philadelphia from England in 1775, the "wisest American" kept his political leanings to himself. But not for long
August 01, 2003 | By Walter Isaacson
Photographer Bob Adelman's picture of Martin Luther King, Jr., taken 40 years ago, captures one of the greatest speeches in American history
August 2003 | By Lucinda Moore
Amid all the hoopla, it's easy to lose sight of the expedition's true significance
August 2003 | By James P. Ronda
"It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it."
— Robert E. Lee, at Fredericksburg.
July 2003 | By Roy Blount, Jr.
Four centuries after her death, Good Queen Bess still draws crowds. A regal rash of exhibitions and books examines her life anew.
June 2003 | By Doug Stewart
A witness to the first ascent of Mount Everest 50 years ago this month recalls Edmund Hillary's aplomb, Tenzing Norgay's grace and other glories of the "last earthly adventure"
May 2003 | By Jan Morris
Even as he endured the hardships of Valley Forge, George Washington faced another challenge: critics who questioned his fitness to lead
May 2003 | By Norman Gelb
President Theodore Roosevelt started what would become the world's most successful experiment in conservation
March 2003 | By Smithsonian magazine
Two months before the Gulf War began in 1991, President George H. W. Bush greeted U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia
February 2003 | By Christopher Buckley
In 1775, the 20-year-old Alexander Hamilton took up arms to fight the British. Soon the brash young soldier would display the courage and savvy that would take him to the apex of power in the new U.S. government
January 2003 | By Willard Sterne Randall
To what degree do the attitudes of Washington and Jefferson toward slavery diminish their achievements?
November 2002 | By Stephen E. Ambrose