History Stories
Quirky Vintage Photos of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 22, 2017

Snapshots of the iconic parade over the last eight decades. Read More

How 19th-Century Women Used Department Stores to Gain Their Freedom
November 22, 2017

And ditch their chaperones. Read More

How Early American Plays Turned Pocahontas into Fake News
November 22, 2017

The mythical 'Indian princess' granted symbolic permission for massive land theft and displacement of native peoples. Read More

Thomas Jefferson’s Complicated Relationship with Thanksgiving
November 21, 2017

The third president declined to participate in the tradition. Read More

The Curious History of Leftovers
November 21, 2017

People were once ridiculed for eating leftovers. Read More

Alcatraz Had Some Surprising Prisoners: Hopi Men
November 20, 2017

They resisted government attacks to take their children—and paid the price. Read More

How Charles Dickens Helped the English Get Fresh Air
November 20, 2017

The country once taxed the number of windows people had—in effect, making them pay to breathe. Read More

Charles Manson Was Sentenced to Death. Why Wasn’t He Executed?
November 20, 2017

The cult leader and mass murderer got parole hearings until the very end. Read More

How Prohibition Gave Birth to NASCAR
November 17, 2017

It wasn’t gasoline—but moonshine—that fueled the growth of stock car racing in Appalachia and led to the rise of NASCAR. Read More

History’s Worst Biblical Misprints
November 17, 2017

The church actively sought to destroy these "wicked" Bibles for their heresy. Read More