September 2018

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Angeline Nanni revisited Arlington Hall

Code Name: Venona

At the height of the Cold War, America’s most secretive counterespionage effort set out to crack unbreakable Soviet ciphers. Here’s the exclusive story of the women who solved the puzzle


How to Cipher Like a Soviet

See if you can figure out how the American code-breakers unraveled the complexities of the Russian codebook

An American flag sits atop a gravestone in the cemetery of Oak Mountain Baptist Church in Shelby County, Alabama.

Barnstorming America

How a fiery preacher and a maverick Army general took a wild cross-country ride that launched the populist conservative movement

Robert Smalls

The Rebels’ Revenge

A heroic former slave declared that whites had killed 53,000 African-Americans, but few took the explosive claim seriously—until now

The couch

Psycho-Analyzing the President

What drove Sigmund Freud and his American co-author to write a scandalous biography of Woodrow Wilson?

sheet designed to keep everyone happy

The Fearless Wit of Forrest County

Newspaperman P.D. East attacked white supremacists in Mississippi. His bravery rocked the racist Establishment—and heralded a new era of political satire



Discussion of our July/August Issue

Call of the Wild Man

Why do so many people still want to believe in Bigfoot?

Freedom of Expression

Born into slavery, Bill Traylor would become a leading light of outsider art

A New Founding Mother

Just-discovered letters herald the significance of an unsung Revolutionary woman, Julia Rush

Search Happens

Years before the birth of the internet, a forgotten experiment laid the groundwork for Google

Where Rhinos Roamed

Road-tripping through prehistoric times on the West Coast

Toy Story

How a little yellow bus came to the rescue of a persecuted schoolboy

Partisan Attacks

Think today’s politics are nasty? Joanne Freeman’s The Field of Blood shows, for the first time, just how vicious Congressmen once were

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