What 'It's a Wonderful Life' Teaches Us About American History
The Christmas classic, released 75 years ago, conveys many messages beyond having faith in one another
Why History Museums Are Convening a 'Civic Season'
History is complex, says the Smithsonian’s Chris Wilson; here's how to empower citizens with the lessons it offers
A New Film Details the FBI's Relentless Pursuit of Martin Luther King Jr.
Smithsonian scholar says the time is ripe to examine the man's complexities for a more accurate and more inspirational history
Lessons Worth Learning From the Moment Four Students Sat Down to Take a Stand
One of the great monuments to the Greensboro Sit-In is at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History
Aretha Franklin’s Decades-Old Documentary Finally Comes to Theaters in 2019
The 2019 nationwide release, 47 years after it was made, means audiences at last will see the Queen of Soul’s transcendent masterpiece
We Legitimize the 'So-Called' Confederacy With Our Vocabulary, and That's a Problem
Tearing down monuments is only the beginning to understanding the false narrative of Jim Crow
When the Serendipitously Named Lovings Fell in Love, Their World Fell Apart
The new film captures the quiet essence of the couples’ powerful story, says Smithsonian scholar Christopher Wilson
Finding Lessons for Today’s Protests in the History of Political Activism
A whirlwind of action, both organized and organic, supported by legal defense teams brought historic change
Where’s the Debate on Francis Scott Key’s Slave-Holding Legacy?
During his lifetime, abolitionists ridiculed Key’s words, sneering that America was more like the “Land of the Free and Home of the Oppressed”
Studying Bacon Has Led One Smithsonian Scholar to New Insights on the Daily Life of Enslaved African-Americans
At Camp Bacon, a thinking person’s antidote to excess, historians, filmmakers and chefs gather to pay homage to the hog and its culinary renown