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Without benefit of medical training, Madame Restell spent 40 years as a "female physician"
November 27, 2012 | By Karen Abbott
The rambunctious boy had free rein of the White House, and used it to divert a holiday bird from the butcher's block
November 21, 2012 | By Gilbert King
The author of a new book about Thomas Jefferson makes his case and defends his scholarship
November 14, 2012 | By Smithsonian.com
Held captive far longer than his surrender agreement called for, the Apache warrior made his case directly to the president
November 09, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Steven Spielberg, Doris Kearns Goodwin and Tony Kushner talk about what it takes to wrestle an epic presidency into a feature film
November 2012 | By Roy Blount Jr.
Campaigning for president 100 years ago, Roosevelt was spared almost certain death when 50 pieces of paper slowed an assailant’s bullet headed for his chest
November 2012 | By Patricia O'Toole
The 16th president has been a Hollywood star and box office attraction since the earliest days of Hollywood
November 2012 | By Jesse Rhodes
The era of color-coded political parties is more recent than you might think
November 01, 2012 | By Jodi Enda
In the fall of 1975 President Gerald Ford survived two assassination attempts and a car accident. Then his life got really complicated
October 25, 2012 | By Gilbert King
How a makeshift show business memory aid became the centerpiece of modern political campaigning
October 23, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
When Upton Sinclair ran for governor of California in 1934, new media were marshaled to beat him
October 11, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Conservators at the National Gallery Art restored Gilbert Stuart portraits of our founding figures, making them look good as new
October 05, 2012 | By Joseph Stromberg
What are the key dos and don'ts the candidates should remember when campaigning for the White House?
October 03, 2012 | By Kenneth C. Davis
Did ancient priests fool visitors to a sulfurous subterranean stream that they had crossed the River Styx and entered Hades?
October 01, 2012 | By Mike Dash
A new portrait of the founding father challenges the long-held perception of Thomas Jefferson as a benevolent slaveholder
October 2012 | By Henry Wiencek
In this exclusive transcript from the JFK library, hear what he had to say just days after announcing his candidacy for the presidency
October 2012 | By Ted Widmer
Mao Zedong encouraged critics of his government—and then betrayed them just when their advice might have prevented a calamity
September 26, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Augustus Heinze dominated the copper fields of Montana, but his family's scheming on Wall Street set off the Panic of 1907.
September 20, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Throughout the 1876 campaign, Tilden’s opposition had called him everything from a briber to a thief to a drunken syphilitic
September 07, 2012 | By Gilbert King
The Grand Dragon of the Klan and prominent Indiana politician had a vicious streak that had horrifying consequences
August 30, 2012 | By Karen Abbott