History | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenThu, 19 Apr 2018 16:43:27 +0000This Stunning Memorial to Britain's WWI Soldiers Makes Its Final Appearancehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/stunning-sculpture-has-transformed-uk-countryside-180968803/The wave of brilliant red flowers marks the end of a centennial of commemorations of the Great WarThu, 19 Apr 2018 16:43:27 +0000Baseball Legend Cal Ripken Jr. Takes Home Another Award, This Time From the Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/cal-ripken-jr-takes-home-another-award-smithsonians-great-americans-medal-180968838/The Iron Man adds the American History Museum's Great Americans medal to his trophy wallThu, 19 Apr 2018 16:13:59 +0000When the Unabomber Was Arrested, One of the Longest Manhunts in FBI History Was Finally Overhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unabomber-arrested-longest-manhunt-fbi-history-over-180968744/Twenty years ago, the courts gave Theodore Kaczynski four life sentences, thereby ending more than a decade of terror.Thu, 19 Apr 2018 15:58:07 +0000What Makes the Advice Column Uniquely Americanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/advice-columns-shaped-americans-180968820/In a new book, author Jessica Weisberg dives into the fascinating history of the advice industryWed, 18 Apr 2018 17:43:11 +0000The Great Chinese Dinosaur Boomhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/great-chinese-dino-boom-180968745/A gold rush of fossil-finding is turning China into the new epicenter of paleontologyWed, 18 Apr 2018 16:13:31 +0000The Hunt for the Notorious U-Boat UB-29https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/hunt-notorious-uboat-ub29-180968733/A wreck-diving archaeologist and his quest to discover a missing submarineWed, 18 Apr 2018 15:55:52 +0000Smithsonian Curators Reflect on How Barbara Bush Will Be Rememberedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonian-curators-reflect-onhow-barbara-bush-will-be-remembered-180968827/As both the First Lady and the mother of a President, Mrs. Bush leaves a legacy of a national grandmother with an iron backboneWed, 18 Apr 2018 15:14:07 +0000How the Panama Canal Took a Huge Toll On the Contract Workers Who Built Ithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-panama-canal-took-huge-toll-on-contract-workers-who-built-it-180968822/The project was a tremendous American achievement, but the health costs to the mostly Caribbean contract workers were staggeringWed, 18 Apr 2018 14:38:56 +0000This Female Gladiator Captive Had to Fight for Her Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-female-gladiator-captive-had-to-fight-f/In 2nd century AD, Celtic warrior Ardala is taken to Rome and tossed in a dark dungeon while her captors decide what to do with herWed, 18 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000When Albert Einstein Visited Japanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/albert-einstein-visited-japan-180968737/As he traveled through Asia, including a trip to Palestine, the brilliant scientist discovered much he didn’t understand Tue, 17 Apr 2018 15:18:37 +0000Fifty Years Later, Remembering Resurrection City and the Poor People's Campaign of 1968https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/remembering-poor-peoples-campaign-180968742/Lenneal Henderson and thousands of other protesters occupied the National Mall for 42 days during the landmark civil rights protestTue, 17 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000A Brief History of the Stoplighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/brief-history-stoplight-180968734/How a bright idea shaped our cities and gave the go-ahead to our love affair with the carTue, 17 Apr 2018 15:00:00 +0000This Remarkable Charm Bracelet Chronicles a Life Inside a Concentration Camphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/remarkable-charm-bracelet-gives-us-sense-life-inside-concentration-camp-180968805/Greta Perlman survived the Holocaust. The mementos she saved offer clues about how Jews endured the indignities and horrors of the NazisMon, 16 Apr 2018 17:49:41 +0000JFK’s Excellent Adventure: “Timeless,” Season 2, Episode 5 Recappedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/jfks-excellent-adventure-timeless-season-2-episode-5-recapped-180968807/We learn a lot about the once and future President, and he learns way too much about himself, in a tense twist with the past coming to the presentMon, 16 Apr 2018 17:28:01 +0000The Significance Behind Ancient Scythian Tattooshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/the-significance-behind-ancient-scythian-tat/Scythian women adorned themselves with tattoos portraying the animals they hunted. It was believed that these tattoos offered magical protectionMon, 16 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000When "Bricklayer Bill" Won the 1917 Boston Marathon, It Was a Victory For All Irish Americanshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-bricklayer-bill-won-1917-boston-marathon-it-was-victory-for-all-irish-americans-180968790/William J. Kennedy crossed the finish line wrapped in the American flagFri, 13 Apr 2018 14:34:13 +0000A History of America's Ever-Shifting Stance on Tariffshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/history-american-shifting-position-tariffs-180968775/Unpacking a debate as old as the United States itselfThu, 12 Apr 2018 14:40:17 +0000How British Gun Manufacturers Changed the Industrial World Lock, Stock and Barrelhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/century-warfare-launched-britains-industrial-revolution-and-created-enormous-market-guns-180968774/In ‘Empire of Guns,’ historian Priya Satia explores the microcosm of firearm manufacturing through an unlikely subject—a Quaker familyThu, 12 Apr 2018 14:18:24 +0000Ads for E-Cigarettes Today Hearken Back to the Banned Tricks of Big Tobaccohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/electronic-cigarettes-millennial-appeal-ushers-next-generation-nicotine-addicts-180968747/A new 'Joe Camel'-esque phenomenon may be igniting as the new fad takes a 21st-century page out of an old playbookWed, 11 Apr 2018 14:37:39 +0000As Mongolia Melts, Looters Close In On Priceless Artifactshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mongolia-melts-climate-change-looters-close-in-180968764/ Climate change and desperation are putting the country’s unique history at riskWed, 11 Apr 2018 14:22:10 +0000The First Novel for Children Taught Girls the Power of Readinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/first-novel-children-taught-girls-power-reading-180968765/Nearly three centuries before heroines like Katniss and Meg Murray, Sarah Fielding published a book on the values of female education Wed, 11 Apr 2018 14:16:55 +0000The Sad, Sad Story of Laika, the Space Dog, and Her One-Way Trip into Orbithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/sad-story-laika-space-dog-and-her-one-way-trip-orbit-1-180968728/A stray Moscow pup traveled into orbit in 1957 with one meal and only a seven-day oxygen supplyWed, 11 Apr 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Story of Brownie Wise, the Ingenious Marketer Behind the Tupperware Partyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/story-brownie-wise-ingenious-marketer-behind-tupperware-party-180968658/Earl Tupper invented the container's seal, but it was a savvy, convention-defying entrepreneur who got the product line into the homes of housewivesTue, 10 Apr 2018 17:47:47 +0000Before Zuckerberg, These Six Corporate Titans Testified Before Congresshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-corporate-titans-testifying-congress-180968748/The CEO of Facebook has some ignominious company from J.P. Morgan to Kenneth LayTue, 10 Apr 2018 15:13:15 +0000Malcolm X's Explosive Comments About Elijah Muhammedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/malcolm-xs-explosive-comments-about-elijah/In 1964, the rift between Malcolm X and Elijah Muhammed, founder of the Nation of Islam, would reach a tense peakTue, 10 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Gruesome Story of Hannah Duston, Whose Slaying of Indians Made Her an American Folk "Hero"https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/gruesome-story-hannah-duston-american-colonist-whose-slaying-indians-made-her-folk-hero-180968721/A century after killing and scalping ten Native Americans, she was memorialized in what might well be the first public statue of a female in AmericaMon, 09 Apr 2018 18:26:17 +0000How the Death of 6,000 Sheep Spurred the American Debate on Chemical Weaponshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-death-6000-sheep-spurred-american-debate-chemical-weapons-cold-war-180968717/The Dugway sheep incident of March 1968 made visible the military’s covert attempts to test and stockpile millions of dollars worth of chemical weaponsMon, 09 Apr 2018 16:11:08 +0000Science Still Bears the Fingerprints of Colonialism https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/science-bears-fingerprints-colonialism-180968709/Western science long relied on the knowledge and exploitation of colonized peoples. In many ways, it still doesMon, 09 Apr 2018 12:30:00 +0000Photographer Witnesses Final Moments Before Plane Crashhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/photographer-witnesses-final-moments-before-_1/National Airlines Flight 102 took off from an airfield in northeastern Afghanistan. Minutes later, it would stall in midair before crashing to the groundMon, 09 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000Welcome to Salem, Witches: "Timeless" Season 2, Episode 4, Recappedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/welcome-salem-witches-timeless-season-2-episode-4-recapped-180968713/Rescuing a very important American figure takes just a little tweaking of the historical recordMon, 09 Apr 2018 03:00:00 +0000AirAsia Flight 8501 Plummets into Java Sea Mid-Flighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/airasia-flight-8501-plummets-into-java-sea-m/On December 28, 2014, 43 minutes into its flight, AirAsia Flight 8501 vanished from radar. With 162 people on board, it would go downFri, 06 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000Writing in the Public Eye, These Women Brought the 20th Century Into Focushttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/female-critics-cutting-edge-180968681/Michelle Dean’s new book looks at the intellects who cut through the male-dominated public conversationWed, 04 Apr 2018 17:37:25 +0000Even Though He Is Revered Today, MLK Was Widely Disliked by the American Public When He Was Killedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-martin-luther-king-had-75-percent-disapproval-rating-year-he-died-180968664/Seventy-five percent of Americans disapproved of the civil rights leader as he spoke out against the Vietnam War and economic disparityWed, 04 Apr 2018 15:52:59 +0000Martin Luther King Jr.’s Assassination Sparked Uprisings in Cities Across Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/martin-luther-king-jrs-assassination-sparked-uprisings-cities-across-america-180968665/Known as the Holy Week Uprisings, the collective protests resulted in 43 deaths, thousands of arrests, and millions of dollars of property damageWed, 04 Apr 2018 13:29:58 +0000Malcolm X's Fiery Speech Addressing Police Brutalityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/malcolm-xs-fiery-speech-addressing-police-b/In 1962, a confrontation with the LAPD outside a mosque resulted in the death of a Nation of Islam member. It was an event seized on by an outraged MalcolmWed, 04 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000In His Speeches, MLK Carefully Evoked the Poetry of Langston Hugheshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/in-his-speeches-MLK-carefully-evoked-poetry-langston-hughes-180968655/To avoid being labeled a communist sympathizer, King had to distance himself from Hughes, but he still managed to channel the controversial poetTue, 03 Apr 2018 16:16:19 +0000The Beloved Classic Novel “The Little Prince” Turns 75 Years Oldhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/beloved-classic-novel-little-prince-turns-75-years-old-180968662/Written in wartime New York City, the children’s book brings out the small explorer in everyoneTue, 03 Apr 2018 14:24:56 +0000Princess Diana Knew Exactly How to Be Photographedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/princess-diana-knew-exactly-how-to-be-photog/Princess Diana demonstrated a remarkable savviness for bending the press coverage in her favorTue, 03 Apr 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why the True Story of “Chappaquiddick” Is Impossible to Tellhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-true-story-chappaquiddick-impossible-tell-180968638/In 1969, Senator Ted Kennedy careened a car off a bridge, killing passenger Mary Jo Kopechne, but the story of the night’s events remain muddled todayMon, 02 Apr 2018 14:41:19 +0000When Robert Kennedy Delivered the News of Martin Luther King's Assassinationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/emotionally-wounded-robert-kennedy-delivers-news-kings-assassination-180968625/Months before his own slaying, Kennedy recalled the loss of JFK as he consoled a crowd of shocked African-Americans in Indianapolis Mon, 02 Apr 2018 11:00:00 +0000How Should We Archive the Soundtrack to 1970s Feminism?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-should-we-archive-soundtrack-1970s-feminism-180968637/It's time to talk about the lasting legacy of Olivia Records, a leading voice of the women's music movement, whose history is ready to come out of storageFri, 30 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000How Baseball Has Strengthened the Relationship Between the United States and Japanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-baseball-strengthened-relationship-between-united-states-japan-180968597/The effects of war, economic tension and accidental deaths have been mitigated by a sport that both cultures treasureThu, 29 Mar 2018 19:58:44 +0000How a $10 Billion Experimental City Nearly Got Built in Rural Minnesotahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/how-10-billion-experimental-city-nearly-got-built-rural-minnesota-180968617/A new documentary explores the “city of the future” that was meant to provide a blueprint for urban centers across AmericaThu, 29 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Pilot Made an Emergency Landing in a Shallow Riverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-pilot-made-an-emergency-landing-in-a-sh/It’s January 16, 2002 and Garuda Indonesia Flight 421 is struggling with a loss of power. The captain decides to perform a maneuverThu, 29 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000Why “The Americans” Is Taking a Big Leap Forward to 1987https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-americans-taking-big-leap-forward-1987-180968624/The beginning of the end of the Soviet Union provides great drama for the show’s final seasonWed, 28 Mar 2018 19:38:08 +0000Journalist Virginia Irwin Broke Barriers When She Reported From Berlin at the End of WWIIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/virginia-irwin-broke-barriers-she-reported-berlin-end-wwii-180968615/Her exclusive dispatches from the last days of Nazi Germany appeared in newspapers around the country, briefly making her a national celebrityWed, 28 Mar 2018 16:18:32 +0000The True Story of “Trust,” Yet Another Interpretation of the Getty Kidnappinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/true-story-trust-yet-another-interpretation-getty-kidnapping-180968585/Writers of the FX program have a much different spin than the recent movie on the same subject matterTue, 27 Mar 2018 12:21:14 +0000Did This Co-Pilot Willfully Crash Into the French Alps?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/did-this-co-pilot-willfully-crash-into-the-f_1/On the morning of March 24, 2015, Germanwings Flight 9525 sets off from Barcelona, on its way to DusseldorfTue, 27 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000How the Technicolor Ikat Designs of Central Asia Thread Into Textile Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-technicolor-ikat-designs-central-asia-thread-textile-history-180968591/A new Smithsonian exhibition sheds light on the rich backstory of an oft-imitated traditionMon, 26 Mar 2018 19:35:30 +0000What Happened When a Southern Airways Flight 242 Crashed in Sadie Burkhalter’s Front Yardhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/what-happened-when-southern-airways-flight-242-crashed-sadie-burkhalters-front-yard-180968578/Her home became a makeshift hospital when she looked out her front door to a fiery infernoMon, 26 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000Runaway Slaves Built This Fort to Defend Their Freedomhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/runaway-slaves-built-this-fort-to-defend-the/An archaeological expedition into the wilderness of North Carolina uncovers evidence of a remarkable settlement once filled with runaway slavesMon, 26 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Drama Intensifies When “Timeless” Visits “Hollywoodland”https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/drama-intensifies-when-timeless-visits-hollywoodland-180968579/A plot to steal ‘Citizen Kane’ and a visit from inventor Hedy Lamarr give the Time Team a taste of the movie industry’s golden ageMon, 26 Mar 2018 03:00:00 +0000How Portraiture Gave Rise to the Glamour of Gunshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-portraiture-gave-rise-glamour-guns-180968559/American portraiture with its visual allure and pictorial storytelling made gun ownership desirableFri, 23 Mar 2018 20:05:39 +0000California Once Targeted Latinas for Forced Sterilization https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/california-targeted-latinas-forced-sterilization-180968567/In the 20th century, U.S. eugenics programs rendered tens of thousands of people infertileThu, 22 Mar 2018 20:01:00 +0000A Brief History of Surveillance in Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-surveillance-america-180968399/With wiretapping in the headlines and smart speakers in millions of homes, historian Brian Hochman takes us back to the early days of eavesdroppingThu, 22 Mar 2018 15:27:54 +0000Ruth McGinnis: The Queen of Billiardshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ruth-mcginnis-queen-billiards-180968563/Back when pool was a serious sport that grabbed the attention of the nation, one woman smoked the competitionThu, 22 Mar 2018 14:01:27 +0000These Minesweeping Boats Paved the Way for D-Dayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/these-minesweeping-boats-paved-the-way-for-d/Harbor Defense Motor Launches, or HDMLs, were tiny wooden boats built to protect British ports against German submarinesThu, 22 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000How Archie Bunker Forever Changed in the American Sitcomhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/history-working-class-families-american-sitcom-180968555/The return of ABC’s ‘Roseanne’ inspires a reevaluation of television's history of portraying the working classWed, 21 Mar 2018 17:49:41 +0000These Newly Donated Artifacts Capture the Spirit of Washington, D.C. Draghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/these-newly-donated-artifacts-capture-spirit-washington-dc-drag-180968542/Mementos from the Academy of Washington drag organization add a valuable thread to the tapestry of American LGBTQ historyWed, 21 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Inventor Made the Famed D-Day Swimming Tankshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-inventor-made-the-famed-d-day-swimming-_1/Without Nicholas Straussler, D-Day wouldn't have been possible. He came up with the design for the Duplex Drives tanks - a key part of the initial invasionWed, 21 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000A New Memorial Remembers the Thousands of African-Americans Who Were Lynchedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/new-memorial-remembers-thousands-african-americans-lynched-180968405/Next month's opening of the monument in Alabama will be a necessary step in reckoning with America's deadly pastTue, 20 Mar 2018 15:21:49 +0000Dogs May Soon Be on the Front Lines in the Fight Against Artifact Smugglinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/dogs-front-lines-artifact-smuggling-180968398/A project with the University of Pennsylvania is seeking a new tool in an important battleTue, 20 Mar 2018 15:11:04 +0000Dogs Were Transported Across Great Distances for Ancient Maya Ritualshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/dogs-were-transported-across-great-distances-ancient-maya-rituals-180968536/A new paper uses chemistry to shed light on the management of Maya animalsMon, 19 Mar 2018 21:01:36 +0000"Timeless" Races Back to the ’50s in ‘Darlington’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/timeless-races-back-50s-darlington-180968517/The second episode of the season highlights an underappreciated NASCAR driver from the sport’s earliest daysMon, 19 Mar 2018 03:00:30 +0000The Prolific Illustrator Behind Kewpies Used Her Cartoons for Women’s Rightshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/prolific-illustrator-behind-kewpies-used-her-cartoons-womens-rights-180968497/Rose O’Neill started a fad and became a leader of a movementThu, 15 Mar 2018 17:04:32 +0000Meet the Female Inventor Behind Mass-Market Paper Bagshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/meet-female-inventor-behind-mass-market-paper-bags-180968469/A self-taught engineer, Margaret Knight bagged a valuable patent, at a time when few women held intellectual propertyThu, 15 Mar 2018 15:12:29 +0000In Persia’s Dynastic Portraiture, Bejeweled Thrones and Lavish Decor Message Authorityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/persias-dynastic-portraiture-bejeweled-thrones-and-lavish-decor-message-authority-180968475/Paintings and 19th century photographs offer a rare window into the lives of the royal familyThu, 15 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000A 1988 Flight From Denver Crashes in Bad Weatherhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/a-1988-flight-from-denver-crashes-in-bad-wea_1/It's January 19, 1988, and Trans-Colorado Flight 2286 is attempting to land at Durango La Plata AirportThu, 15 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000Ben Franklin May Be Responsible for Bringing Tofu to Americahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ben-franklin-may-be-responsible-bringing-tofu-america-180968495/How a letter of 1770 may have ushered the Chinese staple into the New WorldThu, 15 Mar 2018 11:59:59 +0000What Frankenstein Can Still Teach Us 200 Years Laterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/reading-original-frankenstein-200-years-180968473/ An innovative annotated edition of the novel shows how the Mary Shelley classic has many lessons about the danger of unchecked innovationWed, 14 Mar 2018 12:57:30 +0000How the Battle of Jutland Pushed Britain to the Limithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-the-battle-of-jutland-pushed-britain-to/Going into World War I, the British Navy tasted success for well over a century. By 1916, they finally had an adversary that would test their abilitiesWed, 14 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000The Proliferation of Happinesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/proliferation-happiness-180968468/A professor of consumer culture tracks the history of positive psychologyTue, 13 Mar 2018 19:11:55 +0000How Do We Restore Trust in Our Democracies? https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-do-we-restore-trust-our-democracies-museums-can-be-starting-point-180968448/ Museums can be a starting point, says David J. Skorton, the Secretary of the Smithsonian InstitutionMon, 12 Mar 2018 15:35:12 +0000The Tragedy of Cattle Katehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/tragedy-cattle-kate-180968131/Newspapers reported that cowgirl Ella Watson was a no-good thief who deserved the vigilante killing that befell her, when in reality she was anything butMon, 12 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000How I Learned About the “Cult of the Lost Cause”https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-i-learned-about-cult-lost-cause-180968426/The mayor of New Orleans offers his reading list for anyone looking to better understand the real history of Confederate monumentsMon, 12 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000Buckle Up, History Nerds — “Timeless” Is Back and As Usual, Gets the Facts Mostly Righthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/buckle-history-nerds-timeless-back-and-usual-gets-facts-mostly-right-180968447/In a new editorial series, we recap the NBC show that puts a new twist on American historyMon, 12 Mar 2018 03:02:55 +0000How the African-American Syphax Family Traces Its Lineage to Martha Washingtonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-african-american-syphax-family-traces-its-lineage-martha-washington-180968439/Resources at the African American History Museum deliver a wealth of opportunity for genealogical researchFri, 09 Mar 2018 18:03:03 +0000The 19th-Century “Golden Hours” Convention Brought Young Readers Together to Meet Their Literary Heroeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/19th-century-golden-hours-convention-brought-young-readers-together-meet-their-literary-heroes-180968437/The dime novels and story papers entertained boys and launched a popular culture we still consume todayFri, 09 Mar 2018 17:16:00 +0000One Hundred Years Later, the Madness of Daylight Saving Time Endureshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/100-years-later-madness-daylight-saving-time-endures-180968435/The original arguments Congress made for 'springing ahead' have been thoroughly debunked. So why are they still being used today?Fri, 09 Mar 2018 15:29:26 +0000These Photos Captured What Happened When the United States Started to Ration Shoes During WWIIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/shoe-rationing-wwii-america-180968428/Seventy-five years ago, the Office for Price Administration wanted to limit the use of leather on the homefrontThu, 08 Mar 2018 19:28:10 +0000York Explored the West With Lewis and Clark, But His Freedom Wouldn’t Come Until Decades Laterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/york-explored-west-lewis-and-clark-his-freedom-wouldnt-come-until-decades-later-180968427/In some ways, he encountered a world unavailable to the enslaved. But in others, the journey was rife with danger and degradationThu, 08 Mar 2018 19:15:42 +0000The Sightless Visionary Who Invented Cruise Controlhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/sightless-visionary-who-invented-cruise-control-180968418/Self-driving cars were far from Ralph Teetor's mind when he patented his speed control deviceThu, 08 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000This Minor Detour Led to Disaster for Flight 706https://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-minor-detour-led-to-disaster-for-flight_1/On July 30, 1998, the pilot of Proteus Airlines Flight 706 made a slight detour so his passengers could watch a famous ocean linerThu, 08 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000This Historic Gavel Hammers Home the Achievements of Nancy Pelosi… and the United Stateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/historic-gavel-hammers-home-achievements-nancy-pelosi-and-united-states-180968414/The congresswoman donates to the Smithsonian artifacts tied to her first day as Speaker of the House in 2007Wed, 07 Mar 2018 18:03:18 +0000An Up-Close Look at the Royal Regaliahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/an-up-close-look-at-the-royal-regalia/The Royal Regalia represent two millennia of a nation's sovereignty and symbolize numerous aspects of its powerWed, 07 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000The International Vision of John Willis Menard, First African-American Elected to Congresshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/international-vision-john-willis-menard-first-african-american-elected-congress-180968330/Although he was denied his seat in the House, Menard continued his political activism with the goal of uniting people across the Western HemisphereTue, 06 Mar 2018 16:21:51 +0000How Native American Slaveholders Complicate the Trail of Tears Narrativehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-native-american-slaveholders-complicate-trail-tears-narrative-180968339/The new exhibition 'Americans' at the National Museum of the American Indian prompts a deeper dive for historic truthsTue, 06 Mar 2018 12:00:00 +0000Two Museum Directors Say It’s Time to Tell the Unvarnished History of the U.S.https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/two-museum-directors-say-its-time-tell-unvarnished-history-us-180968341/History isn’t pretty and sometimes it is vastly different than what we’ve been taught, say Lonnie Bunch and Kevin Gover Mon, 05 Mar 2018 19:46:42 +0000The Hidden History of Anna Murray Douglasshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/hidden-history-anna-murray-douglass-180968324/Although she’s often overshadowed by her husband, Frederick Douglass, Anna made his work possible Mon, 05 Mar 2018 16:06:31 +0000The Garfield Assassination Altered American History, But Is Woefully Forgotten Todayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/garfield-assassination-altered-american-history-woefully-forgotten-today-180968319/Why we need to have historical marker on the site where Charles Guiteau shot the President in 1881Fri, 02 Mar 2018 14:58:26 +0000How the 1918 Flu Pandemic Helped Advance Women’s Rightshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-1918-flu-pandemic-helped-advance-womens-rights-180968311/While the virus disproportionately affected young men, women stepped into public roles that hadn't previously been open to themFri, 02 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000Raw Footage of the China Airlines Flight 120 Explosionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/raw-footage-of-the-china-airlines-flight-120_1/On the morning of August 20, 2007, a devastating fire broke out on China Airlines Flight 120 which had just landed in Naha airportFri, 02 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000The 1968 Kerner Commission Got It Right, But Nobody Listenedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/1968-kerner-commission-got-it-right-nobody-listened-180968318/Released 50 years ago, the infamous report found that poverty and institutional racism were driving inner-city violenceThu, 01 Mar 2018 20:44:00 +0000During World War I, Many Women Served and Some Got Equal Payhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/during-world-war-i-many-women-served-and-some-got-equal-pay-180968310/Remembering the aspirations, struggles and accomplishments of women who served a century agoThu, 01 Mar 2018 18:15:06 +0000Women Who Shape History: Education Resourceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-who-shape-history-womens-history-education-resources-180968296/For use in the classroom or your community, a list of lesson plans and other teaching materials on women's history in AmericaThu, 01 Mar 2018 14:45:38 +0000The Woman Who Shaped the Study of Fossil Brainshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/woman-who-shaped-study-fossil-brains-180968254/By drawing out hidden connections, Tilly Edinger joined the fields of geology and neurologyThu, 01 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000Women Who Shaped Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/womens-history-hub-180968116/Collecting the stories of women who forever changed the course of the American storyThu, 01 Mar 2018 14:00:00 +0000Why We Need to Start Building Monuments to Groundbreaking Womenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-we-need-start-building-monuments-groundbreaking-women-180968306/The brilliant female codebreakers of WWII were forgotten to history, but would that have happened had they been recognized with the same fervor as men?Thu, 01 Mar 2018 13:30:00 +0000The Heinous 1961 KKK Attack on the Freedom Ridershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-heinous-1961-kkk-attack-on-the-freedom-r/On May 4, 1961, a bus carrying black and white anti-segregation activists called the Freedom Riders rolled into Alabama and was immediately attackedThu, 01 Mar 2018 13:00:00 +0000A Classic American Cheerleading Troupe Tumbles to Smithsonian Immortalityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/classic-american-cheerleading-troupe-tumbles-smithsonian-immortality-180968297/"America's Sweethearts" are as dedicated to social service as they are to the Dallas CowboysWed, 28 Feb 2018 20:26:45 +0000There’s Great Drama Within the Truths of “The Looming Tower”https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/theres-great-drama-within-truths-looming-tower-180968302/How filmmaker Alex Gibney brought a documentarian’s eye to the story of the 9/11 attacksWed, 28 Feb 2018 19:45:27 +0000Fifty Years Ago, a Grad Student’s Discovery Changed the Course of Astrophysicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/Fifty-years-ago-grad-students-discovery-changed-course-astrophysics-180968288/By identifying the first pulsars, Jocelyn Bell Burnell set the stage for discoveries in black holes and gravitational wavesWed, 28 Feb 2018 14:43:44 +0000Will a New Law Forever Change the German Language?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/will-new-law-forever-change-german-language-180968289/When a language is strongly gendered, it can raise all sorts of challenges to a society that’s increasingly accepting of a wide spectrum of identitiesWed, 28 Feb 2018 13:14:20 +0000The March That Led to MLK's Arrest and Famous Letterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/the-march-that-led-to-mlks-arrest-and-famou/In 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. and Ralph Abernathy led a march through the streets of Birmingham, AlabamaWed, 28 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +0000How a Sneak Attack By Norway's Skiing Soldiers Deprived the Nazis of the Atomic Bombhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-sneak-attack-by-norways-skiing-soldiers-deprived-nazis-atomic-bomb-180968278/Seventy-five years ago, in Operation Gunnerside, a stealthy group of commandos took out a crucial Nazi chemical plantTue, 27 Feb 2018 19:06:30 +0000The Political Circus and Constitutional Crisis of Andrew Johnson’s Impeachmenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/political-circus-and-constitutional-crisis-andrew-johnsons-impeachment-180968265/When the 17th president was accused of high crimes and misdemeanors in 1868, the wild trial nearly reignited the Civil WarTue, 27 Feb 2018 13:16:59 +0000This Major Military Operation Ignited the Vietnam Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-major-military-operation-ignited-the-vi/By 1965, the U.S. initiated a military deployment, Operation Rolling Thunder, to help South Vietnam defend its independenceTue, 27 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +0000When Emancipation Finally Came, Slave Markets Took on a Redemptive Purposehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-emancipation-finally-came-slave-markets-took-redemptive-purpose-180968260/During the Civil War, the jails that held the enslaved imprisoned Confederate soldiers. After, they became rallying points for a newly empowered communityMon, 26 Feb 2018 16:59:41 +0000This Mysterious Event Led to the Spanish-American Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/this-mysterious-event-led-to-the-spanish-ame/In early 1898, the USS Maine sailed into Havana harbor as a show of support for the Cuban revolutionariesMon, 26 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +0000Is It Time for a Reassessment of Malcolm X?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/it-time-reassessment-malcolm-x-180968247/A new Smithsonian Channel film, "The Lost Tapes," challenges misconceptions about the charismatic leaderFri, 23 Feb 2018 19:54:05 +0000White Settlers Buried the Truth About the Midwest’s Mysterious Mound Citieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/white-settlers-buried-truth-about-midwests-mysterious-mound-cities-180968246/Pioneers and early archaeologists credited distant civilizations, not Native Americans, with building these sophisticated complexesFri, 23 Feb 2018 15:56:27 +0000Norman Rockwell's <i>Four Freedoms</i> Brought the Ideals of America to Lifehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/norman-rockwells-four-freedoms-brought-ideals-america-life-180968033/This wartime painting series reminded Americans what they were fighting forFri, 23 Feb 2018 15:30:16 +0000The Navajo Nation Treaty of 1868 Lives On at the American Indian Museumhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/old-paper-navajo-nation-treaty-1868-lives-american-indian-museum-180968235/Marking a 150-year anniversary and a promise kept to return the people to their ancestral homeThu, 22 Feb 2018 19:34:14 +0000The Reckoninghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/the-reckoning-180968082/Thirty years ago, an acclaimed series of documentaries introduced the world to an isolated tribe in Papua New Guinea. What happened when the cameras left?Thu, 22 Feb 2018 17:31:18 +0000The Fantastic Beasts of John James Audubon's Little-Known Book on Mammalshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/fantastic-beasts-john-james-audubon-book-mammals-180968087/The American naturalist spent the last years of his life cataloguing America's four-legged creaturesThu, 22 Feb 2018 15:26:48 +0000Smithsonian’s Curator of Religion on Billy Graham’s Legacyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/smithsonians-curator-religion-billy-grahams-legacy-180968230/He was among the most influential religious leaders in U.S. history, says Peter ManseauWed, 21 Feb 2018 19:45:52 +0000The Archaeology of Wealth Inequalityhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/aracheology-wealth-inequality-180968072/Researchers trace the income gap back more than 11,000 yearsWed, 21 Feb 2018 16:45:33 +0000In Search of the Real Grant Woodhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/search-of-real-grantwood-180968081/The denim-clad artist who painted American Gothic wasn’t the hayseed he’d have you believeWed, 21 Feb 2018 16:19:25 +0000How Tennessee Became the Final Battleground in the Fight for Suffragehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/mar18_pro_smalltalk_article-180968073/One hundred years later, the campaign for the women’s vote has many potent similarities to the politics of todayWed, 21 Feb 2018 16:05:29 +0000How Rosa Parks's Protest Sparked a Momentous Chain of Eventshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/how-rosa-parkss-protest-sparked-a-momentous/On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks refused to give up her bus seat to a white male. Her arrest sparked a citywide boycott against Montgomery busesWed, 21 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +0000How One Amateur Historian Brought Us the Stories of African-Americans Who Knew Abraham Lincolnhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-one-amateur-historian-brought-us-stories-african-americans-who-knew-abraham-lincoln-180968215/Once John E. Washington started to dig, he found an incredible wealth of untapped knowledge about the 16th presidentTue, 20 Feb 2018 18:45:14 +0000Joseph McCarthy's Downfall Was Accusing the Army of Communismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/history/joseph-mccarthys-downfall-was-accusing-the/In mid-1954, a riveted nation watched Senator Joseph McCarthy accuse the U.S. Army of being infiltrated by communistdTue, 20 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Bond Between Mary Todd Lincoln and Her Seamstresshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/videos/category/arts-culture/the-bond-between-mary-todd-lincoln-and-her-s/The connection between first lady Mary Todd Lincoln and her African-American seamstress Elizabeth Keckley was a remarkably strong oneMon, 19 Feb 2018 13:00:00 +0000