Anyone following this year's election knows that the courts matter -- and there may be no bigger example of this than Baker v. Carr, the 1961 case that Chief Justice Earl Warren hailed as the most important...
In 1934, a colossal claim reached the American news media: There had been a plot to overthrow President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in favor of a fascist government. Supposedly in the works since 1933, the claims of the...
People often think of political scandals as modern-day occurrences, but nothing could be further from the truth. A chief executive who pardons his closest associates? How about a governor who pardons his own flesh and blood --...
In 1619 -- a date that the New York Times has recently made famous and essential--a group of 32 African men, women, and children arrived on the shores of Virginia. They had been kidnapped in the royal...
When the Mexican-American War ended in 1848, the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo guaranteed previous Spanish and Mexican land grants, as well as rights for Native Americans to their ancestral homelands. However, organized property theft began soon after....
Oklahoma might seem like an unexpected place for Cold War tensions to boil over, but the state played a key role in a conflict that threatened global annihilation. There was the Altus Air...
This month, 172 years ago, a group of women gathered in Seneca Falls, New York, to throw the world's first convention celebrating women's rights. The convention, in the hosts' own words, would discuss "the social, civil, and...
During the last few months, public health experts have called for a massive, moonshot-style response to the coronavirus -- a new "Apollo program." The original push to put Americans on the moon was...
This summer's political conventions were already facing uncertainty, due to the coronavirus. Now the nationwide protests against police brutality are adding another complicating factor. But there's a history with this factor—the protests that haunted the Democratic convention...
Napa Valley is known for its wine and winemakers, but just beneath the fertile soil lies another, more complex version of its history. One intrepid historian took her hometown to task to uncover the stories that...

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