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Last Surviving ‘Doolittle Raider’ Recalls Crucial World War II Mission

Lt. Col. Richard “Dick” Cole, age 101, spoke on the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor

Petersburg battlefield authorized to grow by more than 7,000 acres

The National Park Service gained congressional authorization Dec. 8 to expand the borders of the Petersburg National Battlefield by 7,238 acres following a vote in the Senate. That move could eventually make it one of the largest historical parks in the country, according to the Civil War Trust. The Petersburg park, previously limited to 2,740 […]

John Glenn: A Hero’s Life in Pictures

A glimpse at the astronaut and senator's extraordinary life

John Glenn, First American to Orbit the Earth, Dies at 95

He was just one of seven men selected by NASA to both calm and thrill a frightened country

“The soldiers appear to be very uneasy with the officers elected”

Yesterday I quoted briefly from a letter that Mark Hopkins of Great Barrington sent to the Massachusetts Council on 30 Mar 1776. Hopkins’s whole report (as transcribed in Peter Force’s American Archives) is an interesting snapshot of...Show More Summary

See the ‘Loose Lips Sink Ships’ Propaganda Posters of World War II

It was 75 years ago, on Dec. 8, 1941, that the United States declared war on Japan—thus entering World War II

Dutch return head of Julia Domna to Italy

The head of a statue of Roman Empress Julia Domna that almost wound up on the auction block in Amsterdam has been returned to Italy after the Carabinieri Art Squad determined it had been recently stolen. In May of 2015, a man and a woman attempted to sell statue head through Christie’s Amstersdam office. The [...]

A Brief History of Mozambique - Part 2

A brief introduction to the history of Mozambique from the time of early humans to the present day. Part 2 – Civil War to the Present Day

Scientists still don’t understand the Anthropocene – and they’re going about it the wrong way

The Anthropocene Epoch – a new geological era in which humans are the dominant force for change – is real and started sometime around 1950. This is the conclusion reached by the Anthropocene Working Group (of the International Commission on Stratigraphy) in August this year. The group will spend the next three years finding a suitable geological marker of this transition.

Sam Wineburg on Fake History and Digital Media Literacy

I couldn’t be more pleased with the reception to my article on fake history and its implications for how we teach history, which was published yesterday at Smithsonian. My hope […]

“Capt. Ingersoll was tried by a Court Martial”

In 1766, at the age of thirty-one, Peter Ingersoll opened a tavern and inn in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. (It still exists in greatly expanded form as a bed-and-breakfast called the Wainwright Inn, shown here.) He was from one of...Show More Summary

10 Historians Pick the Best History Books of 2016

From early Latin literature to an obituary for the E.U., ten historians recommend their best reads.

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