History | Smithsonian Magazinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/history/RSS feed for HistoryenThu, 22 Apr 2021 13:15:45 +0000The Ill-Fated Idea to Move the Nation’s Capital to St. Louishttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/ill-fated-idea-move-nations-capital-st-louis-180977569/In the years after the Civil War, some wanted a new seat of government that would be closer to the geographic center of a growing nationThu, 22 Apr 2021 13:15:45 +0000Walter Mondale Never Won the Presidency, but He Changed American Politics Foreverhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/walter-mondale-never-won-presidency-he-changed-american-politics-180977567/A trove of Smithsonian artifacts document the man who was first to put a woman on the presidential ticket and reshaped the vice presidencyThu, 22 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000What a Vintage Guidebook Taught Me About Oregon's Past and Presenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/travel-guidebook-oregon-past-present-180977454/Our writer takes a quirky trip through Oregon, from a wilderness lodge to a Gilded Age saloon to a town hidden undergroundThu, 22 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000Before He Wrote a Thesaurus, Roget Had to Escape Napoleon's Dragnethttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/roget-gets-last-word-180977459/At the dawn of the 19th century, the young Brit got caught in an international crisis while touring EuropeWed, 21 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000How the Associated Press Got Its Start 175 Years Agohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/associated-press-turns-175-years-old-180977462/A newsworthy birthday for a venerable source of trusted reportingWed, 21 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000Read Poems Left by Chinese Immigrants Arriving at Angel Island, the 'Ellis Island of the West'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-center-folklife-cultural-heritage/2021/04/20/chinese-poetry-angel-island-immigration-station/The primary mission of San Francisco's Angel Island Immigration Station was to better enforce the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 and other anti-Asian laws Tue, 20 Apr 2021 19:39:08 +0000The Unmatched Bravery of the Harlem Hellfightershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/umatched-bravery-harlem-hellfighters-180977458/A salute to the all-Black World War I fighting unitTue, 20 Apr 2021 13:30:00 +0000Why the Peace Corps’ Mission Is Needed Now More Than Everhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/peace-corps-60th-birthday-180977461/On its 60th anniversary, a moment of reckoning arrives for the nation's globe-trotting volunteersTue, 20 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000Before the Civil War, New Orleans Was the Center of the U.S. Slave Tradehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/civil-war-new-orleans-was-center-us-slave-trade-180977532/Untroubled by their actions, human traffickers like Isaac Franklin built a lucrative business providing enslaved labor for Southern farmersMon, 19 Apr 2021 11:30:00 +0000How Do We Remember Selena?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-history/2021/04/15/memories-of-selena/On the anniversary of her 50th birthday, honoring the legacy of the first Tejana singer to top the U.S. Billboard charts with her Spanish-language albumFri, 16 Apr 2021 14:20:33 +0000The Florida Resort That Played an Unlikely Role in the Bay of Pigs Fiascohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/florida-resort-unlikely-role-bay-pigs-fiasco-180977518/Sixty years ago, the CIA-backed invasion of Cuba failed disastrously. It all began, here, on Useppa IslandFri, 16 Apr 2021 13:26:29 +0000How Neil Armstrong Avoided Near-Disaster to Make the First Space Dockinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/air-space-museum/2021/04/12/gemini-viiis-near-disaster/Smithsonian curator Michael Neufeld recounts the harrowing details of when Gemini Vlll astronauts faced the first life-threatening, in-flight emergency Tue, 13 Apr 2021 14:53:18 +0000See Original Color Photos From World War IIhttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/airspacemag/world-war-ii-color-180977306/Thousands of photographs in government archives bring the war to lifeMon, 12 Apr 2021 14:00:00 +0000Black Protesters Have Been Rallying Against Confederate Statues for Generationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/black-protestors-have-been-rallying-against-confederate-statues-generations-180977484/When Tuskegee student Sammy Younge, Jr., was murdered in 1966, his classmates focused their righteous anger on a local monumentMon, 12 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000How the Arts Have Inspired Social Changehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-history/2021/04/08/power-of-giving/Americans have a long tradition of inspiring and elevating movements for change using benefit concerts, song and other artistic traditionsFri, 09 Apr 2021 15:23:10 +0000The Day Soviet Aircraft Attacked American Pilots https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/seventy-years-ago-soviet-mig-15s-attacked-american-pilots-180977440/On that April 'Black Thursday' 70 years ago, the air war over Korea changed as the Allies scrambled to counter the superior MiG-15 jet fighterFri, 09 Apr 2021 14:20:12 +0000Gender-Inclusive Language Puts an End to the Era of 'Manned' Spaceflight https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/air-space-museum/2021/04/05/seat-cockpit-recognizing-and-replacing-biases-gender-inclusive-language/It is time to honor six decades of women's contributions to spaceflight, says the Air and Space Museum, with unbiased verbs like 'crewed' or 'piloted'Tue, 06 Apr 2021 17:45:58 +0000From Books Bound in Human Skin to Occult Texts, These Are Literature's Most Macabre, Surprising and Curious Creationshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/books-bound-human-skin-occult-texts-these-are-literatures-most-macabre-surprising-and-curious-creations-180977404/A new tome takes readers into collector Edward Brooke-Hitching's "madman's library"Tue, 06 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000 Did Shakespeare Base His Masterpieces on Works by an Obscure Elizabethan Playwright?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/did-shakespeare-base-his-literary-masterpieces-works-obscure-elizabethan-playwright-180977424/The new book "North by Shakespeare" examines the link between the Bard of Avon and Sir Thomas NorthTue, 06 Apr 2021 10:00:00 +0000The Thorny Politics of Presidential Portraiturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/thorny-politics-presidential-portraiture-180977400/In a new podcast, the National Portrait Gallery reveals that a portrait is being commissioned of the former president Mon, 05 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000This London Building Tells the Story of a Century's Worth of Disease and Epidemicshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/hackney-smallpox-disinfecting-station-180977238/In the borough of Hackney, a 'disinfecting station' ostensibly kept the public safe from the spread of infectious illnessMon, 05 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000One Hundred Years Ago, Einstein Was Given a Hero's Welcome by America's Jewshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/one-hundred-years-ago-einstein-was-given-heros-welcome-americas-jews-180977386/The German physicist toured the nation as a fundraiser for Zionist causes, even though he was personally torn on the topic of a Jewish nationFri, 02 Apr 2021 10:00:00 +0000In Search of the Authentic Ernest Hemingwayhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/search-authentic-ernest-hemingway-180977368/An upcoming PBS documentary prompts a deep-dive into the story behind this rarely published Smithsonian portrait of the legendary writer Thu, 01 Apr 2021 13:00:00 +0000Women Resistance Fighters of WWII, the Secret Lives of Ants and Other New Books to Readhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-resistance-fighters-wwii-secret-lives-ants-and-other-new-books-read-180977363/These April releases elevate overlooked stories and offer insights on oft-discussed topicsThu, 01 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000Meet With an Egyptologist at Tell el-Amarna and 25 Other Smithsonian Associates Programs Streaming in Aprilhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-associates/2021/03/25/excavations-tell-el-amarna-and-25-other-smithsonian-associates-programs-streaming-april/Check out tapestry weaving, lunch with a curator and virtual study tours produced by the world’s largest museum-based educational programWed, 31 Mar 2021 18:04:54 +0000Men Have Feared Women for Millennia. Just Look at the Monsters of Greek Mythologyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/meet-female-monsters-greek-mythology-medusa-sphinx-180977364/A new collection of essays considers how the villainous women of classical antiquity, from Medusa to the Sphinx, resonate in contemporary Western societyWed, 31 Mar 2021 15:38:16 +0000The Surprising Story of the Smithsonian Sunbursthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-libraries-and-archives/2021/03/29/surprising-story-smithsonian-sunburst/Crimilda Pontes was the Institution’s first official graphic designer and the designer of the iconic sunburst symbolTue, 30 Mar 2021 13:43:23 +0000How the Rosenwald Schools Shaped a Generation of Black Leadershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-rosenwald-schools-shaped-legacy-generation-black-leaders-180977340/Photographer Andrew Feiler's years-long journey through 15 Southern states rescued stories of the fading buildings and the lives they changedTue, 30 Mar 2021 13:33:11 +0000Female Fire Lookouts Have Been Saving the Wilderness for Over a Centuryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/female-fire-lookouts-have-been-saving-wilderness-over-century-180977352/Spotting smoke from towers on high peaks could have been deemed 'man's work,' but a few pioneers paved the way for generations of women to do the jobMon, 29 Mar 2021 18:00:53 +0000How Educators Can Boost and Activate Teen Voiceshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-education/2021/03/24/how-educators-can-boost-and-activate-teen-voices/Amplify the voices of teens, share their suggestions on how to support young leaders’ efforts without disrupting their individual agencyMon, 29 Mar 2021 16:00:00 +0000Meet Naturalist Graceanna Lewis, Who Played a Key Role in the Underground Railroadhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-libraries-and-archives/2021/03/23/Graceanna-Lewis/One of the first three woman to be accepted into the Academy of Natural Sciences, Lewis left behind a legacy of science and soclal progressFri, 26 Mar 2021 16:00:00 +0000How Isabella Aiukli Cornell Made Prom Politicalhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-history/2021/03/22/making-prom-political/As citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, a prom dress became the perfect vehicle to signal the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous womenThu, 25 Mar 2021 15:20:12 +0000Did the Black Death Rampage Across the World a Century Earlier Than Previously Thought?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-black-death-rampage-across-world-more-century-previously-thought-180977331/Scholar Monica Green combined the science of genetics with the study of old texts to reach a new hypothesis about the plagueThu, 25 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000The Legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen Soars on the Wing of This World War II Aircraft https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/wing-war-ii-training-aircraft-legacy-tuskegee-airmen-180977313/The 80th anniversary of the first black flying unit is a time to recall the era when military service meant confronting foes both at home and abroadWed, 24 Mar 2021 14:27:28 +0000Decades Before the Civil War, Black Activists Organized for Racial Equality https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/decades-civil-war-black-activists-organized-racial-equality-180977321/Though they were just a small percentage of the state’s population, African Americans petitioned the state of Ohio to repeal racist lawsWed, 24 Mar 2021 13:54:12 +0000How the Extraordinary Life of an Ordinary Girl Inspired an Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-affiliations/2021/03/18/how-extraordinary-life-ordinary-girl-inspired-exhibition/The discovery of a forgotten document leads to a deep dive into a Jewish family's Eastern European history that was all but lostTue, 23 Mar 2021 16:00:00 +0000Who Were the Scottsboro Nine?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/who-were-scottsboro-nine-180977193/The young black men served a combined total of 130 years for a crime they never committedTue, 23 Mar 2021 13:36:11 +0000The Press Made the Polio Vaccine Trials Into a Public Spectaclehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/press-made-polio-vaccine-trials-public-spectacle-180977304/As a medical breakthrough unfolded in the early 1950s, newspapers filled pages with debates over vaccine science and anecdotes about kids receiving shotsTue, 23 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000Culinary Expert Grace Young Is Documenting the Toll of the Pandemic and Anti-Asian Hate on NYC's Chinatownhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/chinese-culinary-expert-grace-young-quest-save-chinatown-180977282/The award-winning cookbook author recently donated prized family heirlooms to the SmithsonianMon, 22 Mar 2021 14:48:30 +0000How the 1943 Khatyn Massacre Became a Symbol of Nazi Atrocities on the Eastern Fronthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-1943-khatyn-massacre-became-symbol-nazi-atrocities-eastern-front-180977280/Decades after the murder of 149 residents of a Belarusian village, the tragedy has taken on layers of meaning far removed from the attack itselfMon, 22 Mar 2021 09:00:00 +0000How Mrs. Edge Saved the Birdshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/how-mrs-edge-saved-birds-180977167/Meet a forgotten hero of our natural world whose brave campaign to protect birds charted a new course for the environmental movementFri, 19 Mar 2021 14:15:57 +0000Looking at Leisure Through Early 20th-Century Trade Catalogshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-libraries-and-archives/2021/03/16/looking-leisure-through-early-20th-century-trade-catalogs/How did people a 100 years ago spend their free time outside? The Trade Literature Collection offers a few clues to some very recognizable pastimesFri, 19 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000This Summer, a New Smithsonian Exhibition Takes You Inside Béisbolhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/inside-beisbol-180977165/At the American History Museum, cover all the bases with Latino ballplayersFri, 19 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000How the Baseball Cap Went From Athletic Gear to Fashion Statementhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/history-baseball-cap-180977162/A tip of the cap to the nation’s crowning accessoryFri, 19 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000A Brief History of the Harmonicahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/history-harmonica-180977157/How the world’s handiest instrument took over American musicFri, 19 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000Indian Country Weighs In on Deb Haaland's Confirmation as Secretary of the Interiorhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-indian/2021/03/18/reactions-indian-country-deb-haalands-confirmation-secretary-interior/Seen as "one giant leap for Native women, "Haaland (Laguna and Jemez Pueblos) is hailed for her experience, strength and wisdom Thu, 18 Mar 2021 14:34:49 +0000The True Story Behind 'The Courier'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/true-story-behind-courier-180977265/A new spy thriller draws on the fascinating life—and whopping lies—of one of the U.K.'s most famous intelligence agentsThu, 18 Mar 2021 14:00:00 +0000How Can Suburbs Control Deer Populations? And More Questions From Our Readershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/suburbs-control-deer-populations-ask-smithsonian-180977159/You've got questions. We've got expertsThu, 18 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000Molly Pitcher, the Most Famous American Hero Who Never Existedhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/molly-pitcher-most-famous-american-hero-who-never-existed-180977229/Americans don't need to rely on legends to tell the stories of women in the RevolutionWed, 17 Mar 2021 16:15:00 +0000Looking Back at the Tulsa Race Massacre, 100 Years Laterhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/tulsa-race-massacre-century-later-180977145/Confronting the murderous attack on the most prosperous black community in the nationWed, 17 Mar 2021 12:01:00 +0000The Unrealized Promise of Oklahomahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/unrealized-promise-oklahoma-180977174/How the push for statehood led a beacon of racial progress to oppression and violenceWed, 17 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000This Uninhabited Island Off of Massachusetts Is Littered With Bombshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/this-uninhabited-island-off-of-massachusetts-is-littered-with-bombs-180977247/Whether wildlife refuge, research destination or restored traditional homeland, the fate of Nomans Land is up for debateTue, 16 Mar 2021 16:00:27 +0000How Ida Holdgreve's Stitches Helped the Wright Brothers Get Off the Groundhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-ida-holdgreves-stitches-helped-wright-brothers-get-off-ground-180977195/In 1910, Orville and Wilbur Wright hired an Ohio seamstress, who is only now being recognized as the first female worker in the American aviation industryMon, 15 Mar 2021 16:09:33 +0000How the 1996 Dunblane Massacre Pushed the U.K. to Enact Stricter Gun Lawshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-1996-dunblane-massacre-pushed-uk-enact-stricter-gun-laws-180977221/A devastating attack at a Scottish primary school sparked national outcry—and a successful campaign for gun reformFri, 12 Mar 2021 11:30:00 +0000How Failed Quarantines Led to 20th-Century Measles Outbreakshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-history/2021/03/10/measles/In 1904, measles epidemics were spiraling across the state of ConnecticutThu, 11 Mar 2021 15:53:00 +0000How Gen. Henry 'Hap' Arnold, the Architect of American Air Power, Overcame His Fear of Flyinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-gen-henry-hap-arnold-architect-american-air-power-overcame-his-fear-flying-180977206/Despite his phobia, the five-star general built the U.S. Air ForceWed, 10 Mar 2021 14:15:37 +0000How Thurgood Marshall Paved the Road to 'Brown v. Board of Education'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/how-thurgood-marshall-paved-road-brown-v-board-education-180977197/A case in Texas offered a chance for the prosecutor and future Supreme Court justice to test the legality of segregationWed, 10 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000First Vial Used in U.S. Covid-19 Vaccinations Joins the Smithsonian Collectionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/first-vial-used-us-covid-19-vaccinations-joins-smithsonian-collections-180977194/The empty vial, a vaccination card and scrubs worn by nurse Sandra Lindsay, first to be injected, will go on view in a new exhibition in 2022Tue, 09 Mar 2021 15:00:00 +0000Meet Barbara Dane and Her Proud Tradition of Singing Truth to Powerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-center-folklife-cultural-heritage/2021/03/08/barbara-dane-sings-truth-tower/From Mississippi Freedom Schools, to free speech rallies at UC Berkeley, and in the coffeehouses, her protest music took her everywhereMon, 08 Mar 2021 17:00:00 +0000The World's First Licensed Armless Pilot Is a Devoted Advocate for People Facing Similar Challengeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-affiliations/2021/03/04/jessica-cox-flies-face-challenges/Jessica Cox, author of 'Disarm your Limits: The Flight Formula to Lift You to Success,' motivates people around the world to overcome their differencesMon, 08 Mar 2021 15:41:03 +0000Why Did Women Stop Dominating the Beer Industry?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/women-used-dominate-beer-industry-until-witch-accusations-started-pouring-180977171/Strict gender norms pushed them out of a centuries-long tradition Mon, 08 Mar 2021 15:07:51 +0000How a Cuban Spy Sabotaged New York's Thriving, Illicit Slave Tradehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/when-new-york-became-americas-last-slave-trading-port-cuban-spy-tried-stop-it-180977178/Emilio Sanchez and the British government fought the lucrative business as American authorities looked the other wayMon, 08 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000How Black Women Brought Liberty to Washington in the 1800shttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/black-women-and-liberty-early-washington-dc-180977150/A new book shows us the capital region's earliest years through the eyes and the experiences of leaders like Harriet Tubman and Elizabeth KeckleyFri, 05 Mar 2021 15:31:32 +0000How the Politics of Race Played Out During the 1793 Yellow Fever Epidemic https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-politics-race-played-out-during-1793-yellow-fever-epidemic-180977133/Free blacks cared for the sick even as their lives were imperiled Wed, 03 Mar 2021 14:00:00 +0000Did a Viking Woman Named Gudrid Really Travel to North America in 1000 A.D.?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/did-viking-woman-named-gudrid-really-travel-north-america-1000-years-ago-180977126/The sagas suggest she settled in Newfoundland and eventually made eight crossings of the North Atlantic SeaWed, 03 Mar 2021 13:50:04 +0000Theodore Roosevelt's North Dakota and 27 Other Smithsonian Programs Streaming in Marchhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/smithsonian-associates/2021/02/23/theodore-roosevelts-north-dakota-and-27-other-smithsonian-programs-streaming-march/Multi-part courses, studio arts classes and virtual study tours produced by the world’s largest museum-based educational programTue, 02 Mar 2021 18:18:20 +0000These Frankenplanes Are Built From Parts of Other Planeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.comhttp://www.airspacemag.com/history-of-flight/frankenplane-180976754/Some monster aircraft were not born. They were bolted together from whatever lay at handMon, 01 Mar 2021 14:15:00 +0000America's Original Gangster Couple, Trailblazing Women Explorers and Other New Books to Readhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/americas-original-gangster-couple-trailblazing-women-explorers-and-other-new-books-read-180977093/These March releases elevate overlooked stories and offer insights on oft-discussed topicsMon, 01 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000Part of Being a Domestic Goddess in 17th-Century Europe Was Making Medicineshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/part-being-domestic-goddess-17th-century-europe-was-making-medicines-180977080/Housewives' essential role in health care is coming to light as more recipe books from the pre-Industrial Revolution era are digitizedMon, 01 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000How the Smithsonian Can Help African American Families Research Their Ancestorshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/how-smithsonian-can-help-trace-african-american-families-research-ancestors-180977115/The National Museum of African American History and Culture offers service and tips for genealogy effortsFri, 26 Feb 2021 20:46:45 +0000America's First Black Physician Sought to Heal a Nation's Persistent Illnesshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/james-mccune-smith-america-first-black-physician-180977110/An activist, writer, doctor and intellectual, James McCune Smith, born enslaved, directed his talents to the eradication of slaveryFri, 26 Feb 2021 17:02:35 +0000In a Covid-Affected Washington, D.C. Neighborhood, Black History Is Reinterpreted on a City Block https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/covid-impacted-washington-dc-neighborhood-black-history-reinterpreted-city-block-180977105/A powerful outdoor exhibition amplifies a message of "pride, tenacity and possibility"Fri, 26 Feb 2021 14:00:00 +0000A Brief History of the Invention of the Home Security Alarmhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/history-home-security-alarm-180977002/A hardworking nurse envisioned a new way to know who was at the doorFri, 26 Feb 2021 13:00:00 +0000The Fever That Struck New Yorkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/fever-struck-new-york-180976997/The front lines of a terrible epidemic, through the eyes of a young doctor profoundly touched by tragedyFri, 26 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0000The Tragic Irony of the U.S. Capitol's Peace Monumenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/tragic-irony-peace-monument-us-capitol-180976998/An unfinished Civil War memorial became an allegory for peace—and a scene of insurrectionThu, 25 Feb 2021 16:44:25 +0000Looking Back at the Legacy of 'The Great White Hope' and Boxer Jack Johnsonhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/looking-back-legacy-great-white-hope-180977089/The two stars of the play and movie reminisce about their experience adapting the life story of boxer Jack JohnsonThu, 25 Feb 2021 13:00:00 +0000Black Soldiers Played an Undeniable but Largely Unheralded Role in Founding the United Stateshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/black-soldiers-played-undeniable-largely-unheralded-role-founding-united-states-180977083/Veterans like Prince Hall fought for independence and then abolition in the earliest days of the nationWed, 24 Feb 2021 17:58:14 +0000The Uphill Battle to Stop Peru From Building a New Airport Near Machu Picchuhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/uphill-battle-to-stop-peru-from-building-new-airport-near-machu-picchu-180977088/Opinions are divided in the agrarian town of Chinchero, where the airport is slated to open in 2025Wed, 24 Feb 2021 17:17:11 +0000The Great Canadian Polio Vaccine Heist of 1959https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/great-polio-vaccine-heist-1959-180977074/A theft more than 60 years ago shows how sought-after scarce vaccine doses have been in past epidemicsWed, 24 Feb 2021 12:00:00 +0000How the Unresolved Debate Over Black Male Suffrage Shaped the Presidential Election of 1868https://www.smithsonianmag.com/blogs/national-museum-american-history/2021/02/19/black-male-suffrage/At the height of the Reconstruction, the pressing issue was Black male suffrageTue, 23 Feb 2021 19:32:54 +0000Will We Ever Send Humans to Venus?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/will-we-ever-send-humans-venus-180977003/You’ve got questions. We’ve got expertsTue, 23 Feb 2021 14:00:00 +0000The Once-Classified Tale of Juanita Moody: The Woman Who Helped Avert a Nuclear Warhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/juanita-moody-woman-helped-avert-nuclear-war-180976993/America’s bold response to the Soviet Union depended on an unknown spy agency operative whose story can at last be toldTue, 23 Feb 2021 13:00:00 +0000The Pitfalls and Promise of America's Founding Mythshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/determining-americas-national-myth-will-determine-countrys-fate-180977067/Maintaining a shared sense of nationhood has always been a struggle for a country defined not by organic ties, but by a commitment to a set of idealsMon, 22 Feb 2021 17:42:53 +0000