Does the evidence against these 44 slaves really stack up?
January 02, 2013 | By Mike Dash
A tragic Christmas mystery remains unsolved more than 60 years after the disappearance of five young siblings
December 25, 2012 | By Karen Abbott
As a film version of his Les Miserables hits theaters, consider traveling in the French writer’s footsteps
December 24, 2012 | By Nina Fedrizzi
After Teddy Roosevelt's act of sportsmanship in 1902 was made legendary by a political cartoonist, his name was forever affixed to an American classic
December 21, 2012 | By Gilbert King
In 1942, Seaman Calvin Graham was decorated for valor in battle. Then his mother learned where he'd been and revealed his secret to the Navy.
December 19, 2012 | By Gilbert King
Turks and Caicos had one of the world's first, and largest, salt industries—which led, indirectly, to their becoming the only tropical jurisdiction to have a pair of igloos on their flag.
December 14, 2012 | By Mike Dash
The Great Pacificator was adept at getting congressmen to reach agreements over slavery. But he was less accommodating when one of his own slaves sued him
December 06, 2012 | By Gilbert King
A working-class Londoner operated the most exclusive gambling club the world has ever seen
November 29, 2012 | By Mike Dash
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
Early filmmakers faced a dilemma: how to capture the drama of war without getting themselves killed in the process. Their solution: fake the footage
November 19, 2012 | By Mike Dash
How an apparent misunderstanding led to a brawl that turned into a donnybrook that became a legend
November 15, 2012 | By Gilbert King
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
In 1914, the Mexican rebel signed a contract with an American newsreel company that required him to fight for the cameras. Too good to be true? Not entirely
November 06, 2012 | By Mike Dash
Their seances with the departed launched a mass religious movement—and then one of them confessed that "it was common delusion"
October 30, 2012 | By Karen Abbott
Why was Goody Garlick, accused of witchcraft in 1658, spared the fate that would befall the women of Massachusetts decades later
October 26, 2012 | By John Hanc
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
Blanchard was said to be afraid of riding in a carriage, but she became one of the great promoters of human flight
October 18, 2012 | By Gilbert King
When Upton Sinclair ran for governor of California in 1934, new media were marshaled to beat him
October 11, 2012 | By Gilbert King
The true story behind the myth of Mrs. O'Leary and her cow and how the scapegoating ruined one woman's good name and spawned a folk song that would last for decades
October 04, 2012 | By Karen Abbott