History

Travel to the past with the best history stories, from Ancient Rome to World War II. The Archive has the history stories you crave, from military sagas to exploring the New World.

Army Engineers Saw a Need in WWII. One Iconic Vehicle was Created to Fill It

Jeeps come by their rugged reputation honestly—after all, they were created to assist troops in WWII.

A Secret City in Tennessee Powered the Manhattan Project

Oak Ridge, established in 1942, was a key production site of uranium during World War II that fed the labs in Los Alamos.

STREAMING NOW: Netflix's Newest Docuseries Reveals the Personal Side of The Challenger

With personal accounts, Challenger: The Final Flight offers new insight into the Challenger disaster.

Notorious Prison Stories from America's Most Infamous Cellblocks

These seven prisons were home to mobsters, assassins, and the dregs of history alike.

This War of 1812 Vet Saw the Battle of Gettysburg from his Porch... and Joined It

John Burns showed his commitment to the United States—and its union—until his final days.

The Incredible Story of the Harlem Hellfighters, WWI's Staunch Infantry Heroes

The men who were the Harlem Hellfighters were brave, courageous, and true.

On This Day: The American Flag Was Flown in Battle for the First Time

During a 1777 skirmish in Cooch’s Bridge, Delaware, General William Maxwell ordered the flag be raised.

Before the BFG: Roald Dahl, Air Menace To Axis Forces

The children's author's macabre sense of humor and appreciation of darkness were likely sharpened by his combat history.

How a Movement Grows: 100 Years of the 19th Amendment

On its 100th anniversary, we revisit the coalitions built in search of women's suffrage, and the struggles that continued after the passing of the suffrage amendment.

The Larger of Two Evils: Colonized Asia’s Encounter with the Japanese in World War Two

Much of mainland Asia in the 1930s faced an unappealing choice: Western imperialism or Japanese imperialism.

10 African American History Books Every American Should Read

Meet extraordinary individuals; explore communities; deepen your understanding of America.

Genghis Khan's Tomb, Lost to This Day, is Protected by an Ancient Tribe of Nomads

Though even they don't know the tomb's precise location, the Darkhad continue to keep their leader's final resting place a treasured secret.

The Extraordinary Life of Eugene Bullard, the First African American Military Pilot

After facing racism in America, Bullard made a home in France, where he became the first African American military pilot during World War I.

World History's Stupidest Wars Include One Fought Over a Pig

Pigs, buckets, and dogs were flash points for conflicts that could have been easily avoided.