Hike in the Footsteps of Teddy Roosevelt

April 28th, 2017 History

Energetic Teddy was a hiking fanatic—follow his trail on these trips

How Woodrow Wilson’s Propaganda Machine Changed American Journalism

April 28th, 2017 History

The media are still feeling the impact of an executive order signed in 1917 that created ‘the nation’s first ministry of information’

George Washington’s Congress Got Off to an Embarrassing Start

April 28th, 2017 History

The new federal government was plagued with absences and excuses—until James Madison helped kick things into gear

How Humble Moss Healed the Wounds of Thousands in World War I

April 28th, 2017 History

The same extraordinary properties that make this plant an “ecosystem engineer” also helped save human lives

The Sticky Clue That Links the Tower of Babel to the Bible

April 28th, 2017 History

Evidence is piling up that the Tower of Babel really existed. It’s a conclusion that’s partially borne out by an astounding discovery

The Women Warriors of the Russian Revolution

April 28th, 2017 History

Soldier Maria Bochkareva proposed all-female battalions, in part to shame men into continuing the fight

The Immigrant Activist Who Loved America’s Ideals, If Not Its Actions

April 27th, 2017 History

By the 1850s, Ernestine Rose was a well-known public figure, far more famous than her allies Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

The Prussian Nobleman Who Helped Save the American Revolution

April 26th, 2017 History

When American troops faltered, Baron von Steuben helped whip them into shape

Why Jesus’s Miracles Seemed Apocalyptic to the Gospel Writers

April 26th, 2017 History

Jesus gained renown as a preacher of a particularly apocalyptic form of Judaism. This was further strengthened by his ability to perform miracles

The Fears That Fueled an Ancient Border Wall

April 26th, 2017 History

When Hadrian built a mighty wall in his most remote territory, he got more than he bargained for

Photos Capture India’s Ancient, Vanishing Stepwells

April 25th, 2017 History

These intricate architectural marvels are in danger of disappearing

The Coal Mining Massacre America Forgot

April 25th, 2017 History

The mountains of southern West Virginia are riddled with coal—and bullets

After Nearly a Century in Storage, These World War I Artworks Still Deliver the Vivid Shock of War

April 25th, 2017 History

Pulled from the collections of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Claggett Wilson’s watercolors are in a traveling show

How an Alcohol-Hating English Preacher Founded Global Tourism

April 24th, 2017 History

Thomas Cook’s tours set the stage for today’s tourism industry

When Actors Mixed Politics and Comedy in Ancient Rome

April 24th, 2017 History

Laughter was one way to challenge authority, but it could also mean risking your life

Did Judas Actually Betray Jesus to Force a Rebellion?

April 24th, 2017 History

There are numerous theories, from money to the intriguing idea that Judas may have actually been an overzealous believer anxious to provoke a confrontation

Reliving the Ebony Fashion Fair Off the Runway, One Couture Dress at a Time

April 21st, 2017 History

An exhibition on the traveling fashion show memorializes the cultural phenomenon that shook up an industry

How New York City Is Rediscovering its Maritime Spirit

April 20th, 2017 History

The city’s waterfront fell into dangerous decline, but now its on the rebound with a new wave of money and creativity

Why Is France in Its Fifth Republic?

April 20th, 2017 History

An explainer on the many evolutions of the country’s government

Exploring the Ancient Region Where Jesus Rose to Prominence

April 20th, 2017 History

The Sea of Galilee contains the lowest freshwater lake in the world, and it’s the area where a young Jesus of Nazareth first gained popularity