History Stories
CATEGORY: American Civil War
How Presidential Assassinations Changed U.S. Politics
April 27, 2018

Four U.S. presidents have been assassinated while in office - all were brought down by gunfire. And each of these presidential assassinations helped usher in a wave of important reforms and a new political era. Read More

Pensions for Veterans Were Once Viewed as Government Handouts
April 25, 2018

The very existence of the V.A.—which began in 1930—marked a change in how Americans perceived the people who fought its wars. Read More

How a Black Spy Infiltrated the Confederate White House
April 23, 2018

How freed slave Mary Bowser and abolitionist Elizabeth Van Lew teamed up to spy on Confederate President Jefferson Davis and got away with it. Read More

The 11 Most Controversial Stamps in U.S. History
April 16, 2018

Stamps have often invited debate—usually for reasons the post office never anticipated. Read More

How Slavery Became the Economic Engine of the South
March 6, 2018

Slavery was so profitable, it sprouted more millionaires per capita in the Mississippi River valley than anywhere in the nation. Read More

Why the Civil War Actually Ended 16 Months After Lee Surrendered
March 5, 2018

For one thing, things were a little confusing in Texas. Read More

Chasing the Myth of Confederate Gold
February 28, 2018

Jefferson Davis fled Richmond with multiple wagons filled with gold and silver. When he was captured, he had almost nothing. Where did the loot go? Read More

The Things George Washington Worried About are Happening Today
February 16, 2018

The fears he raised about the future of the nation—including excessive debt, hyper-partisanship and foreign interference in elections—were remarkably prescient. Read More

Frederick Douglass’s Emotional Meeting With His Former Slave Master
February 13, 2018

They cried. They reminisced. The master told Douglass he would have run away, too. Read More

These Historic Military Parades Turned Heads
February 8, 2018

From ancient Rome to contemporary Paris, the flexing of military muscle is a longstanding tradition. Read More