The author is best known for arguing that emotional connection could help heal America’s racial divides. But his 1974 novel If Beale Street Could Talk focused instead on the bonds that held black people together.
Some presidential estates and other historical sites have struggled to reconcile founding-era exceptionalism with the true story of America’s original sin.
Some of the most notable and enduring works from the magazine’s past come to life in a new series of videos.
The day after King’s death, the writer-activist wrote a poem about what his loss meant to a movement. Fifty years later, she discusses how his model of leadership lives on.
Delivered two months before he died, “The Drum Major Instinct” saw the preacher give his own eulogy.
The organization’s decision overturns a historic and defining separation, raising questions about their timing and how they differ from the Girl Scouts of the USA.
The Smithsonian's memorial of African American history and culture turns 1 at a time when its lessons are particularly resonant.
Was the white-nationalist march better understood as a departure from America’s traditional values, or viewed in the context of its history?
Days after the events in Charlottesville, the National Park Service quietly changed its description of Arlington House, the Virginia mansion that Congress formally named in honor of the Confederate general.
The sixth president, long derided as a hapless elitist, is suddenly relevant again 250 years after his birth.
A road trip through the geological ruins of our planet's worst mass extinction.
A live multimedia performance by the musician DJ Spooky considers the 1915 silent film’s legacy as a pioneering document in alternative facts.
The 20th-century Bohemian writer Johannes Urzidil fled his embattled birthplace just before World War II, never to return—except in the stories he wrote.
The organization has a flair for attracting media attention, but lacks a mass membership or scholarly expertise—and its connection to its famed namesake isn’t what it claims.
“The government won’t approve it, but the question is if they’ll shut it down.”
The presidential hopeful's National Front party has been using this strategy for decades.
A plantation houseboy grew up to be a prophet—and inspired a religious movement.
A single verse, possibly misinterpreted, lies at the heart of a contentious election in the largest Muslim nation.
For much of its history, the front door of the White House was open to hundreds of daily visitors, a tradition that has almost entirely ended.
Xi Jinping may take advantage of an inexperienced and untested American leader.