The inventors' battle over the delivery of electricity was an epic power play
October 11, 2011 | By Gilbert King
The British monarch was present when a solicitor demonstrated one of the earliest audio recording devices. But did she really say "tomatoes"?
October 06, 2011 | By Mike Dash
In the early 20th century, resentment at the concentration of wealth took a violent turn
October 04, 2011 | By Gilbert King
For the better part of 200 years, thousands of female soldiers fought and died to expand the borders of their West African kingdom. Even their conquerors, the French, acknowledged their "prodigious bravery."
September 23, 2011 | By Mike Dash
"Football is on trial," President Theodore Roosevelt declared in 1905. So he launched the effort that saved the game
September 20, 2011 | By Karen Abbott
The showman whom John Lennon immortalized in song was a real performer—a master horseman and Britain's first black circus owner
September 08, 2011 | By Mike Dash
She had the eyes of a sparrow, the neck of a bear and enough business acumen to build an empire as the "Queen of Fences."
September 06, 2011 | By Karen Abbott
No structure in the world is more mysterious than the Great Pyramid. But who first broke into its well-guarded interior, and when? And what did they find there?
September 01, 2011 | By Mike Dash
Known as much for their troubles as their successes, these childhood friends left their mark on early American history
August 12, 2011 | By David O. Stewart
To protect the fruits of their labor and thwart "plant thieves," early American growers enlisted artists
August 2011 | By Daniel J. Kevles
The Irish American immigrant made a fortune by supplying the giant stone coins prized by Yap islanders
July 28, 2011 | By Mike Dash
Civil War scholar Harold Holzer helps to decode what spectators heard when the 16th president spoke
June 07, 2011 | By Megan Gambino
Sketches by Boz, the volume of newspaper columns that became Dickens’ first book, invokes a colorful view of 19th-century England
June 06, 2011 | By Rebecca Dalzell
In 1865, a single photograph was taken during the autopsy of John Wilkes
Booth. Where is it now?
May 06, 2011 | By Ashley Luthern
Of all the images created by the artist Paul Gauguin, none was more striking than the one he crafted for himself
March 2011 | By Ann Morrison
In 1830, a brutal crime in Massachusetts riveted the nation—and inspired the writings of Edgar Allan Poe and Nathaniel Hawthorne
November 2010 | By E.J. Wagner
A pair of woven, beaded garters reflects the spirit of Seminole warrior Osceola
October 2010 | By Owen Edwards
Born in 1860, the famed female sharpshooter skillfully cultivated an image of a daredevil performer with proper Victorian morals
August 12, 2010 | By Jess Righthand
Unknown and forgotten to history, these painters of America's great landscapes are finally getting their due in a new exhibition
July 21, 2010 | By Judith H. Dobrzynski
A letter that took two years to reach its destination evokes the hazards of the Pony Express
May 2010 | By Owen Edwards