United States History

Why did they build the Berlin Wall?

From Dailyhistory.org: On November 10, 1958, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev delivered a speech in which he demanded that the Western powers of the United States, Great Britain, and France pull their forces out of West Berlin within six months. This… Read More ›

Rethinking the Western

By Anna North from The Atlantic: The gentleman comes from the East Coast to make his fortune. When the train lets him off in a dusty Wyoming town, he encounters an array of cowpunchers, cardsharks, and ne’er-do-wells, whose coarse manners… Read More ›

Who were the Know Nothings?

From Dailyhistory.org: The second American political party system is generally considered to have begun with Andrew Jackson’s election to the presidency in 1828 and ended in 1860 when Abraham Lincoln was elected to the highest office in the land. The… Read More ›