Into the Amazon | Article
Theodore Roosevelt's great-grandson discusses the president's love of Lincoln, penchant for Hungarian poetry, and the book that inspired his conservation legacy.
American Comandante | Primary Source
Read an excerpt from Aran Shetterly's book
The Americano, on conversations with two Rebel soldiers — Roger Redondo and Raúl Nieves.
Walt Whitman | Article
Explore Whitman's calling as a poet, and the idea of a national poet.
Tesla | Article
Join Robert Underwood Johnson, John Muir, Mark Twain, Stanford White, and Nikola Tesla for an imagined dinner party.
The book debuted to instant acclaim, and was soon adapted for the screen and stage. But that didn’t insulate it from censorship challenges.
Published in 2005, complaints about the book include that it is “unsuitable for young children” and has "homosexual overtones.”
Sherman Alexie’s coming-of-age novel has been a fixture on the American Library Association’s list of banned and challenged books.
Just a month after its publication, librarians in Concord, Massachusetts deemed it “trash” and “suitable only for the slums.”
Every year, the American Library Association publishes a list of banned and challenged books. This is the man who edits the list.
The Abolitionists | Clip
Harriet Beecher Stowe made millions of Americans see slavery through the eyes of its victims.
Dorothy Herrmann, author of Helen Keller: A Life, tells us about the writer and activist’s passion for philosophy, love of Walt Whitman, and devotion to the work of a Swedish theologian.
The Bombing of Wall Street | Article
The anarchist had an interest in edgy literature, a passion for European plays, and deep knowledge of the thinkers who shaped the U.S. Constitution.
Two Days in October | Article
The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer discusses
They Marched into Sunlight, the critically acclaimed book on which Two Days in October is based.
Triangle Fire | Clip
Author Kristin Downey discusses Frances Perkins, a labor rights activist, close friend of FDR, and the first female secretary of labor.
Since its publication, Toni Morrison's first book has consistently landed on the American Library Association’s list of most challenged books.
Eleanor Roosevelt | Article
Read interview exceprts with Eleanor Roosevelt biographer, Blanche Wiesen Cook.
The Gilded Age | Article
Biographer David Nasaw discusses the industrial titan’s love of a Scottish poet, interest in American history, and devotion to a surly English philosopher.
Influenza 1918 | Clip
Watch a video interview with Dr. Alfred Crosby, author of
Epidemic and Peace 1918: America's Forgotten Pandemic.
The Civilian Conservation Corps | Clip
Neil Maher tackles issues related to the CCC and the Great Depression.
Walt Whitman | Article
Still widely read today, it serves as an autobiography of sorts, recording some of the most tumultuous decades of American history.
Roads to Memphis | Article
Clayborne Carson discusses King's relationship to the Bible, his opinion of Marx, and the science fiction novel that helped shape his activism.
My Lai | Article
Almost a year before O'Brian's arrival in the same area, a platoon from the American Division had been responsible for the massacre at My Lai.
Roads to Memphis | Clip
Hampton Sides discusses writing the book
Hellhound on His Trail, a dramatic account of the search for James Earl Ray after he assassinated Dr. Martin Luther King.
Oklahoma City | Digital Short
Could a single book inspire deadly terror?
The Turner Diaries has been tied to nearly 200 murders, including those committed by Timothy McVeigh in Oklahoma City.