History | Smithsonianhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenWed, 23 Jan 2019 13:17:32 +0000Why the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Makes for a Complicated Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/was-history-fair-triangle-waist-factory-owners-180971019/Charged with manslaughter, the owners were acquitted in December 1911. A Smithsonian curator reexamines the labor and business practices of the era Mon, 17 Dec 2018 11:00:00 +0000Looking Back at George H.W. Bush’s Lifelong Career of Public Servicehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/looking-back-george-hw-bushs-lifelong-career-public-service-180970936/The former President, dead at 94 years old, was noteworthy for his “humanity and decency,” says a Smithsonian historian Sat, 01 Dec 2018 13:28:34 +0000The Young Anti-War Activists Who Fought for Free Speech at Schoolhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/students-black-armbands-and-supreme-court-case-paved-way-parkland-kids-180971322/Fifty years later, Mary Beth Tinker looks back at her small act of courage and the Supreme Court case that followedWed, 23 Jan 2019 13:17:32 +0000'Better Babies' Contests Pushed for Much-Needed Infant Health but Also Played Into the Eugenics Movementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/better-babies-contests-pushed-infant-health-also-played-eugenics-movement-180971288/Contests around the country judged infants like they would livestock as a motivator for parents to take better care of their childrenThu, 17 Jan 2019 15:44:05 +0000How Scientific Chance and a Little Luck Helped Usher in the Nuclear Agehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/enrico-fermi-scientific-chance-luck-nuclear-age-180971249/Accidental experiments and chance encounters helped Enrico Fermi produce the first nuclear reactorThu, 17 Jan 2019 15:07:29 +0000From Lady Liberty to Hollywood to the Middle East, These Are the Most Exciting Museums Opening in 2019https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/these-exciting-museums-open-their-doors-year-180971279/Visit new institutions devoted to mascots, spies, archaeological sites, American icons and much more this yearThu, 17 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000The Modern Craft Cocktail Movement Got Its Start During Prohibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/modern-craft-cocktail-movement-got-its-start-during-prohibition-180971265/Something needed to be done to mask the taste of bootleg alcohol that could include ingredients ranging from dead rats to wood tarTue, 15 Jan 2019 16:22:39 +0000Twelve Anniversaries and Events Worth Traveling For in 2019https://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/twelve-anniversaries-and-events-travel-2019-180971238/2019 will mark Singapore's bicentennial, the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death and a total solar eclipse in South AmericaMon, 14 Jan 2019 20:55:21 +0000Without Warning, Molasses Surged Over Boston 100 Years Ago This Weekhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/without-warning-molasses-january-surged-over-boston-180971251/As the city was planning its heroes' welcome for sons returning from World War I, a frightful flood devastated a vast area of the North EndMon, 14 Jan 2019 16:31:04 +0000The Rise and Fall of the Sleeping Car Kinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/rise-fall-sleeping-car-king-180971240/George Pullman’s unbending business acumen made him a mogul, but also inspired the greatest labor uprising of the 19th centuryFri, 11 Jan 2019 15:54:54 +0000How America Tidied Up Before Marie Kondo https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/how-america-tidied-marie-kondo-180971239/From the Progressive Era's social hygiene movement to Netflix self-help reality televisionFri, 11 Jan 2019 15:35:25 +0000How New York Separated Immigrant Families in the Smallpox Outbreak of 1901 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-new-york-separated-immigrant-families-smallpox-outbreak-1901-180971211/Vaccinations were administered by police raids, parents and children were torn apart, and the New York City Health Department controlled the narrativeThu, 10 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000How a Jewish Teenager Went From Refugee to Assassin to Puppet of Nazi Propaganda https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-teenaged-jewish-boy-went-refugee-assassin-puppet-nazi-propaganda-180971204/Herschel Grynszpan wanted to avenge the crimes committed against European Jews. Instead, his actions were used as a justification for KristallnachtWed, 09 Jan 2019 19:12:06 +0000Ulysses Grant's Failed Attempt to Grant Native Americans Citizenshiphttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ulysses-grants-failed-attempt-to-grant-native-americans-citizenship-180971198/In a forgotten chapter of history, the president and his Seneca Commissioner of Indian Affairs, Ely Parker, fought for Native American rightsWed, 09 Jan 2019 14:33:11 +0000Why We Need to Keep Searching for Lost Silent Filmshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/why-we-need-keep-searching-lost-silent-films-180971196/Early motion pictures give us an important window into our collective pastWed, 09 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000‘Drunk History’ Bends History in All the Right Directionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/drunk-history-bends-history-all-right-directions-180971187/The sixth season, premiering January 15, brings a new crop of historical tales to televisionTue, 08 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000In Land of Lincoln, Long-Buried Traces of a Race Riot Come to the Surfacehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/land-lincoln-long-buried-traces-race-riot-come-surface-180971036/Archaeologists recently uncovered the remains of five houses that lay witness to the tragedy that set Springfield, Illinois, on fire in 1908 Mon, 07 Jan 2019 15:15:03 +0000The Plot to Kill George Washingtonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/plot-kill-george-washington-180970729/In <em>The First Conspiracy</em>, thriller writer Brad Meltzer uncovers a real-life story too good to turn into fictionMon, 07 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000This Hand-Carved Panther Statuette Embodies a Lost Civilization’s Harmony With Naturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/hand-carved-panther-statuette-embodies-lost-civilizations-harmony-nature-180969711/Calusa Indians harnessed the bounty of Florida’s estuaries with respect and graceMon, 07 Jan 2019 11:00:00 +0000This Map Shows Where in the World the U.S. Military Is Combatting Terrorismhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/map-shows-places-world-where-us-military-operates-180970997/The infographic reveals for the first time that the U.S. is now operating in 40 percent of the world's nationsThu, 03 Jan 2019 16:14:30 +0000Telling the History of the U.S. Through Its Territorieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/telling-us-history-through-territories-180971004/In "How to Hide an Empire," Daniel Immerwahr explores America far beyond the borders of the Lower 48Thu, 03 Jan 2019 14:00:00 +0000No Color Photos of Jazz Singer Mildred Bailey Existed... Until Nowhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/color-photos-jazz-singer-mildred-bailey-existed-180971018/An artist shows us that the past was not black-and-whiteThu, 03 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000The 'Pole of Inaccessibility' Has Eluded Adventurers for More Than a Centuryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/pole-inaccessibility-has-eluded-adventurers-more-than-century-180971012/This winter, explorers will once again set out for the most remote part of the Arctic OceanThu, 03 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000Looking Back at 'Philadelphia,' 25 Years Laterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/looking-back-philadelphia-25-years-later-180971011/What would the breakthrough movie about the AIDS crisis look like if it were made today?Thu, 03 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000How Edgar Allan Poe Became Our Era's Premier Storytellerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/edgar-allan-poe-became-era-premier-storyteller-180971001/Fans of the mystery writer have no shortage of ways to pay homage to the scribe behind "The Raven" and so much moreThu, 03 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000Introducing Our Special Issue on America at Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/america-at-war-introduction-180971014/The nation's epic, expanding fight against terrorism overseasWed, 02 Jan 2019 16:42:16 +0000The Priest of Abu Ghraibhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/priest-abu-grahib-180971013/Inside Iraq's most notorious prison, an Army interrogator came face to face with a shocking truth about the war—and himselfWed, 02 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000The New Archaeology of Iraq and Afghanistanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/hesco-barriers-new-archaeology-iraq-afghanistan-180971009/The once-fortified outposts that protected U.S. troops are relics of our ambitions abroadWed, 02 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000How Should We Memorialize Those Lost in the War on Terror?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-should-memorialize-those-lost-war-terror-180971006/Americans have erected countless monuments to wars gone by. But how do we pay tribute to the fallen in a conflict that might never end?Wed, 02 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000The Legacy of Black Hawk Downhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/legacy-black-hawk-down-180971000/Twenty-five years after the battle chronicled in the best-selling book, the author argues that we've learned the wrong lessons about fighting terrorismWed, 02 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000Fighting to Be Americanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/immigrants-fighting-be-american-180970998/For centuries immigrants who served in the military could become American citizens. But are the women and men pictured here among the last?Wed, 02 Jan 2019 13:00:00 +0000Our Top 11 Stories of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/our-top-11-stories-2018-180971131/From a 50-year-old political scandal to swarms of genetically engineered mosquitos, here are Smithsonian.com's most-read storiesFri, 28 Dec 2018 18:46:20 +0000Please Extend a Laurel and Hardy Handshake to the New Film 'Stan & Ollie'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/please-extend-laurel-and-hardy-handshake-new-film-stan-ollie-180971130/The movie showcases the famed comedy duo at the twilight of their illustrious careersFri, 28 Dec 2018 15:28:09 +0000The 17th-Century Astronomer Who Made the First Atlas of the Moonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/17th-century-astronomer-who-made-first-atlas-moon-180971103/Johannes Hevelius drew some of the first maps of the moon, praised for their detail, from his homemade rooftop observatory in the Kingdom of PolandThu, 27 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000The True Story of the Case Ruth Bader Ginsburg Argues in ‘On the Basis of Sex’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-case-center-basis-sex-180971110/<i>Moritz v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue</i> was the first gender-discrimination suit Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg argued in courtMon, 24 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why We Should Bring Back the Tradition of the Christmas Orange https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/why-we-should-bring-back-tradition-christmas-orange-180971101/The appeal of a last-minute stocking stufferFri, 21 Dec 2018 17:26:47 +0000One Last Time, Read Our ‘Timeless’ Deep Dive Into What the Beloved TV Show Got Right and Wronghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/one-last-time-read-our-timeless-deep-dive-what-beloved-tv-show-got-right-and-wrong-180971094/“Timeless”’s finale teaches us how to say goodbye to the intrepid, time-traveling crewFri, 21 Dec 2018 03:01:00 +0000Studying Political Pessimism in the Past Actually Makes Historian Jon Grinspan Optimistic About the Futurehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/studying-political-pessimism-past-actually-makes-historian-jon-grinspan-optimistic-about-future-180971082/Columnist David Brooks interviews the political historian about what we can learn from negative political engagement in our country’s historyThu, 20 Dec 2018 15:19:24 +0000A Civil War Cartoonist Created the Modern Image of Santa Claus as Union Propagandahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/civil-war-cartoonist-created-modern-image-santa-claus-union-propaganda-180971074/Thomas Nast is legendary for his political cartoons, but he’s also responsible for the jolly St. Nick we know todayWed, 19 Dec 2018 17:13:53 +0000The Practically Perfect Political Timing of Mary Poppinshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/practically-perfect-political-timing-mary-poppins-180971070/Disney warned of reading too much into the timing of his films, but just now everyone could use a little “spit spot” from America’s favorite British NannyWed, 19 Dec 2018 17:01:19 +0000A Culinary History of Panettone, the Italian and South American Christmas Treathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/culinary-history-panettone-180971058/The holiday pastry has been a multicultural phenomenon since the very beginningTue, 18 Dec 2018 16:02:36 +0000A Warrior Comes Homehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/warrior-comes-home-corproral-jimenez-180971010/Corporal Jimenez was on patrol in southern Afghanistan when a mine exploded, changing his life foreverTue, 18 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Story of Dyngo, a War Dog Brought Home From Combathttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/story-dyngo-war-dog-home-combat-180971003/I brought a seasoned veteran of the conflict in Afghanistan into my home—and then things got wildTue, 18 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Nerdiest Christmas Cards Ever May Be These Microscope Slides Composed of Shellshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/two-scientists-exchanged-christmas-greetings-microscope-slides-180971049/The unusual holiday exchange, which lasted decades during the early 20th-century, hints at the drama between the two colleaguesMon, 17 Dec 2018 16:21:23 +0000The Ill-Fated Expedition of a 19th-Century Scientist to Explore the California Wildernesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/ill-fated-expedition-19th-century-scientist-explore-california-wilderness-180971048/Even facing exposure and starvation, Josiah Gregg insisted on stopping to take measurements and observations, much to his companions' distressMon, 17 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000NASA Won’t Be Going ‘Back’ to the Moon—It Wants to Go Beyond Ithttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/nasa-wont-go-back-moon-it-wants-go-beyond-180971033/At a 50th-anniversary event for Apollo 8, NASA’s Jim Bridenstine envisioned the moon’s potential for future space explorationThu, 13 Dec 2018 19:50:22 +0000The Mind-Bending Math Behind Spot It!, the Beloved Family Card Gamehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/math-card-game-spot-it-180970873/The simple matching game has some deceptively complex mathematics behind the scenes Wed, 12 Dec 2018 18:21:08 +0000How Apollo 8 ‘Saved 1968’https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-apollo-8-saved-1968-180970991/The unforgettable, 99.9 percent perfect, December moon mission marked the end of a tumultuous year Tue, 11 Dec 2018 13:23:22 +0000Thousand-Year-Old Rock Art Likely Served as a Gathering Point for Llama Caravans Crossing the Andeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/thousand-year-old-rock-art-likely-served-gathering-point-llama-caravans-crossing-andes-180970982/Trade caravans, whether supported by mules, camels or llamas, have helped archaeologists piece together the past in many corners of the worldMon, 10 Dec 2018 18:07:21 +0000Inside the Story of John Allen Chau’s Ill-Fated Trip to a Remote Islandhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/inside-story-john-allen-chaus-ill-fated-trip-remote-island-180970971/Questions abound about the ethics of the missionary’s trip and what will happen nextFri, 07 Dec 2018 15:44:03 +0000When the Street Light First Came to London, Disaster Ensuedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-street-light-first-came-london-disaster-ensued-180970965/First introduced 150 years ago, the device was meant to prevent accidents—but then it caused oneThu, 06 Dec 2018 19:13:15 +0000The True Story of Mary, Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth Ihttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-mary-queen-scots-and-elizabeth-i-180970960/Josie Rourke’s film sees Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie transform from allies into rivals, but in actuality, the queens’ relationship was far more complexThu, 06 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0000The First Criminal Trial That Used Fingerprints as Evidencehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/first-case-where-fingerprints-were-used-evidence-180970883/Thomas Jennings used a freshly painted railing to flee a murder scene but unwittingly left behind something that would change detective work foreverWed, 05 Dec 2018 16:41:37 +0000The Somber History of the Presidential Funeral Trainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/somber-history-presidential-funeral-train-180970955/This grand tradition has allowed Americans across the country to pay their respects to the chief executiveWed, 05 Dec 2018 16:32:13 +0000The Strange Nature of the First Printed Illustration of a Slothhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/strange-nature-first-printed-illustration-sloth-180970944/As described by a 16th-century French missionary, the South American 'little bear' with the face of 'a baby' was introduced to EuropeTue, 04 Dec 2018 15:19:14 +0000The Best Books of 2018https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/best-books-2018-180970895/In our efforts to increase and diffuse knowledge, we highly recommend these 70 titles released this yearFri, 30 Nov 2018 14:35:29 +0000Stone Tools at Arabian “Crossroads” Present Mysteries of Ancient Human Migrationhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/stone-tools-arabian-crossroads-present-mysteries-ancient-human-migration-180970916/Hominins made stone tools in central Arabia 190,000 years ago, and the hand axe technology raises questions about just who they wereThu, 29 Nov 2018 14:00:00 +0000If Light Can't Escape Black Holes, How Do We Get Photos of Them... and More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/light-escape-black-holes-photos-questions-readers-180970726/You asked, we answeredThu, 29 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000The History of Our Love-Hate Relationship With the Christmas Letterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/history-love-hate-relationship-christmas-letter-180970725/How the "Dear Friends" missive started and how it has survived the Facebook ageThu, 29 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000What the Popularity of 'Fortnite' Has in Common With the 20th Century Pinball Crazehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/popularity-fortnite-common-20th-century-pinball-craze-180970721/Long before parents freaked over the ubiquitous video game, they flipped out over another newfangled fadThu, 29 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000Why Wilbur Wright Deserves the Bulk of the Credit for the First Flighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/why-wilbur-wright-deserves-bulk-credit-first-flight-180970714/A new book advances a controversial theory about the singular contribution that went into the brothers’ pioneering achievementThu, 29 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000North America's Earliest Smokers May Have Helped Launch the Agricultural Revolutionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/americas-earliest-smokers-may-have-helped-launch-agricultural-revolution-180970904/As archaeologists push back the dates for the spread of tobacco use, new questions are emerging about trade networks and agricultureThu, 29 Nov 2018 12:30:00 +0000The Woman Whose Invention Helped Win a War — and Still Baffles Weathermenhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/woman-whose-invention-helped-win-warand-still-baffles-weathermen-180970900/Her work long overlooked, physicist Joan Curran developed technology to conceal aircraft from radar during World War IIWed, 28 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Costs of the Confederacyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/costs-confederacy-special-report-180970731/In the last decade alone, American taxpayers have spent at least $40 million on Confederate monuments and groups that perpetuate racist ideologyWed, 28 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000Atlanta's Famed Cyclorama Mural Will Tell the Truth About the Civil War Once Againhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/atlanta-famed-cyclorama-tell-truth-civil-war-once-again-180970715/One of the war's greatest battles was fought again and again on a spectacular canvas nearly 400 feet long. At last, the real history is being restoredWed, 28 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Immigrant Story Behind the Classic "Greetings From" Postcardshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/immigrant-story-behind-classic-greetings-from-postcards-180970894/Long before Instagram, Americans showed off their travels using Curt Teich's cheery linen postcards.Tue, 27 Nov 2018 16:31:33 +0000Tracy K. Smith, America's Poet Laureate, Travels the Country to Ignite Our Imaginationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/tracy-smith-poet-laureate-traveling-country-igniting-imagination-180970722/Like Johnny Appleseed, Smith has been planting the seeds of verse across the U.S.Tue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000The Time's Up Initiative Built Upon the Work Done by These Labor Activistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/times-upinitiative-built-upon-work-labor-activists-180970720/How the leaders of a farmworkers' alliance reached across cultural divides to fight sexual harassmentTue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000The March for Our Lives Activists Showed Us How to Find Meaning in Tragedyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/march-for-our-lives-student-activists-showed-meaning-tragedy-180970717/After the massacre at a Florida high school, these brave students provided a way forwardTue, 27 Nov 2018 13:00:00 +0000Remembering the Howard University Librarian Who Decolonized the Way Books Were Cataloguedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/remembering-howard-university-librarian-who-decolonized-way-books-were-catalogued-180970890/Dorothy Porter challenged the racial bias in the Dewey Decimal System, putting black scholars alongside white colleaguesMon, 26 Nov 2018 19:56:45 +0000