U. S. History

Glorious Chaos: A Kid in the Newsroom

by Carl Bernstein

The following is an excerpt from Carl Bernstein’s Chasing History, a triumphant memoir recalling his beginnings as an audacious teenage newspaper reporter in the nation’s capital—a winning tale of scrapes, gumshoeing, and American bedlam.… Read the article

Abraham Lincoln: Orator Extraordinaire

by Diana Schaub

What would possess anyone to produce another book about Abraham Lincoln? Our 16th president is already more written about than any other individual who ever walked the earth, with the sole exception of Jesus (a special case, … Read the article

Who was Joe Kennedy?

by Susan Ronald

In the following excerpt from The Ambassador, acclaimed biographer Susan Ronald discusses the early life of Joseph Kennedy, foreshadowing his controversial stint as US Ambassador to Great Britain on the eve of World War II.… Read the article

For Juneteenth: Inspiring Reads by Black Authors

By The History Reader

As of January 1, 1863, all enslaved people in the United States were declared legally free by President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. However, as Union law could not be implemented in the Confederate-held south, slaves were not … Read the article

Kidnapped on the Frontier

by Bob Drury & Tom Clavin

Daniel Boone heard the piercing shrieks coming from the river and recognized them as only a parent could. He was too late to see a group of Native Americans carry off his daughter Jemima … Read the article