Mark Twain's complicated relationship with the typewriter
November 16th, 2018
Mark Twain first laid eyes on a “newfangled typing machine,” as he called it, sometime in the early 1870s.
Food stamps were born out of a surplus of food
November 15th, 2018
The idea of food stamps was born out of a complicated paradox.
William Rehnquist's proposal to Sandra Day O'Connor
November 14th, 2018
Rehnquist proposed. O'Connor said no.
The first lady who couldn’t get her memoir published
November 13th, 2018
Julia Grant didn't a have particularly good experience in the world of publishing. In fact, her memoir wasn’t even published in her lifetime.
Joachim Ronneberg, the saboteur who crippled Nazi atomic bomb project
November 12th, 2018
Ronneberg started speaking about his experience in history in recent years.
America and warfare were never the same after World War I
November 9th, 2018
Along with staggering death tolls, the "Great War" generated memorable literature, geopolitical upheaval, hope, disillusion, the Russian Revolution …
Wong Kim Ark's Supreme Court fight for birthright citizenship
November 8th, 2018
In 1895, the United States tried to deny an American citizen entry to the country even though he was born on U.S. soil.
How the Greeks once used a lottery system to select government officials
November 7th, 2018
Some believed that a lottery was more democratic than a vote.
The makings of an electoral heist
November 6th, 2018
Gerrymandering became a real electoral cudgel with a project called REDMAP.
Rahm Emanuel, Howard Dean and the midterm elections of 2006
November 5th, 2018
Rahm Emanuel, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Howard Dean, the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, had two different approaches to taking back the House of …