And, in the process, they created a nation of readers.
Backyard pools and private clubs only proliferated after municipal pools were forcibly desegregated.
A historian explains why the U.S. still hasn’t adopted the global standard.
Pollsters included the name of a random woman in a survey—and 20 percent of Republican primary voters said they dislike her.
The SS Giveaway steams into infamy in New York State.
The children who defied the rules to play in the snow on Capitol Hill stand in a grand American tradition.
Long before Washington's Birthday was marked by car sales, Americans celebrated their first president by pedaling.
The Great White Hurricane of 1888 demonstrated the vulnerability of urban life, and led voters to demand greater protection.
The Boston Marathon isn't just an athletic event -- it's a celebration of our democratic republic.
It's worth remembering that the now-controversial holiday started as a way to empower immigrants and celebrate American diversity.
Can new technology revive rail? With a new plan for a high-speed system, Amtrak execs want to bet on both.
T. Mills Kelly encourages his students to deceive thousands of people on the Web. This has angered many, but the experiment helps reveal the shifting nature of the truth on the Internet.
Liberty Mutual was born to protect ordinary workers. Today, by funneling money from regular families into the hands of executives, it has inverted its very reason to exist.
Cycloramas were the blockbuster entertainment technology of the 1880s, but went out of style faster than the 8-track. This is the story of their peculiar brand of realism.
How a re-creation of its most famous battle helped erase the meaning of the Civil War.
A single turn of phrase that encapsulates the best -- and worst -- of America has cropped up on the campaign trail, thanks to Mitt Romney.
As our sense of American identity has evolved, the labels on our syrup, long a symbol of American authenticity, have not always kept up
Remembering 1896, when a William Jennings Bryan speech about monetary policy sparked a financial panic
As progressives struggle in the polls, they might look back to their namesakes for inspiration
The great bonfires of Gallows Hill—and what they tell us about America.
Why are so many Germans participating in Civil War reenactments—and siding with the South?