Sean Wilentz says it’s complicated
Revisionists (but not Richard Spencer) want the equestrian statue of Robert E. Lee removed from a park in Charlottesville, Virginia, my hometown. What they don’t realize is that it’s not the only memorial there.
What Walt Whitman can tell us about our democracy
NYC exhibit sparks memories of my father’s love of the 16th U.S. President
Spielberg’s Civil War biopic portrays a man leading his people to the gates of the Promised Land
How history lost Judah P. Benjamin, the most prominent American Jew of the 19th century
In 1862, Ulysses S. Grant issued an order expelling all Jews from his territory. Turns out, that was a good thing. Historian Jonathan Sarna explains.
Charges have dogged American Jews since the 1868 election, as Jonathan Sarna explains in ‘When General Grant Expelled the Jews’
Adah Isaacs Menken was a 19th-century actress known for her audacity on and off the stage. A new biography uncovers the woman behind the scandals.