History Stories
AUTHOR: Sarah Pruitt
Brown v. Board of Education: The First Step in the Desegregation of America’s Schools
May 16, 2018

More than half a century later, progress has been made, but the vision of Warren’s court has not been fully realized. Read More

How the Failed Search for MH370 Solved 19th Century Maritime Mysteries
May 4, 2018

A pair of centuries-old shipwrecks were located thanks to the massive search effort for the missing Malaysian plane. Read More

The Mystery of Nikola Tesla’s Missing Files
May 3, 2018

The FBI has finally declassified its files on Nikola Tesla, but questions remain. Read More

The Myth That Reagan Ended the Cold War With a Single Speech
May 1, 2018

Reagan’s speech received relatively little media coverage, and few accolades, at the time. Read More

Trump Holds Some JFK Assassination Files Back, Sets New 3-Year Deadline
April 26, 2018

Despite a promise to release everything on April 26, 2018, the Trump administration is withholding certain material in the JFK Assassination archive for extra review. Read More

Was ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ A Step Forward For LGBT in the Military?
April 25, 2018

In 1993, it represented a compromise between those who wanted to end the longstanding ban on homosexuals serving in the U.S. military and those who felt having openly gay troops would hurt morale and cause problems within military ranks. Read More

The Sex Scandal That Ruined Alexander Hamilton’s Chances of Becoming President
April 20, 2018

Hamilton torpedoed his own presidential ambitions for good in 1797, when he published a tell-all pamphlet about the sordid details of his earlier affair with a married woman, Maria Reynolds, and the blackmail payments he made to her husband to cover up the affair. Read More

First Lady Barbara Bush, Modern Political Matriarch, Dies at 92
April 17, 2018

Barbara Bush was the wife of 41st U.S. President George H.W. Bush and mother of 43rd U.S. President George W. Bush. She won the public’s admiration for her candor, self-deprecating wit and sharp sense of humor, but fashioned herself as a return to a more traditional, conservative version of a first lady. Read More

Why We Pay Taxes
April 16, 2018

Since 1950, individual income taxes have been the primary source of revenue for the U.S. federal government. Read More

Why Did the Titanic Sink?
April 12, 2018

High speeds, a fatal wrong turn, cut costs, weather conditions, a dismissed key iceberg warning and lack of binoculars and lifeboats all contributed to one of the worst maritime tragedies. Read More