Author of "The Souls of Black Folk," and a founder of the NAACP, W.E.B. Du Bois was a scholar, writer and activist who had a profound and continuing impact on American society.
In the Civil War Robert E. Lee was a defender of slavery, while Ulysses S. Grant did all he could to destroy it. But it was Lee who thought slavery was morally wrong, while Grant seemed not to care one way or the other.
Saint Anthony’s Wilderness, also known as Stony Valley, is now a vast forest grown wild in the mountains of Pennsylvania. But it was once home to missionaries, mining towns, lumbering ventures, railroads, and an elegant lakeside resort for the rich.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was part of the German resistance to Hitler. He actively preached, wrote and spoke against Hitler. Bonhoeffer helped Jews escape, passed intelligence to Britain and more.
Adolf Hitler saw himself as Germany's saviour called by providence. It is indeed remarkable how he evaded or survived over 40 attempts on his life, only due to a strange twist of circumstances. Of course, rather than saviour he would turn out to be Germany's (and the world's) devastator.
This article explores the rise of former dictator, Joseph Stalin. How did he come to power? What factors allowed for Stalinism to take hold in the Soviet Union?
Ida B. Wells often put rhetoric before facts, and America - and specifically American women - are paying for it to this day. It is one thing to exaggerate statistics to bolster your cause, but a cause built solely on a foundation of lies is never righteous, and only creates more victims.
Sweet Fanny Adams is used by the British to describe anything worthless. It is also the name of a pretty young girl murdered in Victorian England. This is how Fanny's name became slang for worthless.
During the Battle of the Bulge, one segregated unit nearly lost all its men and it took years to be recognized. By helping to defend both St. Vith and Bastogne, it deserves its place in history.
In 1968 Peanuts, the most popular comic strip in history, was still all white. But a concerned schoolteacher convinced Charles Schulz to bring a black kid into the cast.
In the first of a series of articles on Medal of Honor winners from the artillery branch, we look at three heroes from World War II.
The Cuban Missile Crisis was a confrontation between the United States and the Soviet Union in October 1962 over Soviet nuclear-capable missiles in Cuba. The conflict ended with the Soviets removing the missiles, and nuclear war was averted.
A hundred years ago, the car maker turned a waste product into something useful that had a profound impact on America’s social life.
Henry "Box" Brown escaped from slavery in Richmond, Virginia by hiding himself inside an express package and sending the box as freight to Philadelphia
On its way to the Battle of Gettysburg, the Confederate army under Robert E. Lee terrorized black citizens by attempting to capture and transport them south into slavery.