Historic EventsWars, important political and economic occasions, catastrophes and social movements of the past
The excavation of a notorious jail recalls Virginia's leading role in the slave trade
March 2009 | By Abigail Tucker
As Jews in France tried to flee the Nazi occupation, Harry Bingham, an American diplomat, sped them to safety
March 2009 | By Peter Eisner
Righteous good Samaritans came from across the world to save Jews and others from concentration camps
February 24, 2009 | By Marian Holmes
Great Emancipator or unreconstructed racist? Each generation evokes a different Lincoln. But who was our sixteenth president?
February 2009 | By Philip B. Kunhardt III
Author James Reston Jr. discovers firsthand what is gained and lost when history is turned into entertainment
January 2009 | By James Reston Jr.
In Iraq, the restoration of the shattered Mosque of the Golden Dome brings together Sunnis and Shiites in an unlikely alliance
January 2009 | By Joshua Hammer
A self-taught strategist with no combat experience, Abraham Lincoln saw the path to victory more clearly than his generals
January 2009 | By James M. McPherson
Lincoln's timeless speech during the Civil War endures as a national treasure
December 2008 | By Owen Edwards
Recently uncovered documents in the British archives reveal dark secrets from World War II. One problem: they are forgeries
November 18, 2008 | By Gregory Katz
John Rich's color photographs, seen for the first time after more than half a century, offer a vivid glimpse of the "forgotten" conflict
November 2008 | By Abigail Tucker
The livable, culture-crazy, beer-loving capital of Bavaria is coming to terms with its history
November 2008 | By Charles Michener
Frank Buckles lied about his age to serve in World War I.
October 2008 | By Richard Rubin
Near Mosul, War Has Helped and Hindered Efforts to Excavate the 1,400-Year-Old Dair Mar Elia Monastery
September 16, 2008 | By James Foley
A genealogical surprise led the author to ask: What does it take to be one of the family?
September 2008 | By Jake Halpern
In Italy’s Dolomites, a Hike Through World War I History
August 20, 2008 | By Matt Mossman
The Photographer explains how a series of beach pictures were inspired by the events of September 11
August 01, 2008 | By Kenneth R. Fletcher
A new exhibition of oversized photographs by Richard Misrach invites viewers to have fun in the sun. Or does it?
August 2008 | By Kenneth R. Fletcher
Filmmaker Katrina Browne discusses her family’s role in American slavery
June 19, 2008 | By Katy June-Friesen
How a Civil War buff's chance discovery led to a sting, a raid and a victory against traffickers in stolen historical documents
April 2008 | By Steve Twomey
Tourists are flocking to the city, but a former resident explains how the legacy of apartheid lingers
April 2008 | By Joshua Hammer