Thomas Edison envisioned his West Orange, N.J., laboratory as “the best equipped and largest laboratory extant and the facilities superior to any other for rapid and cheap development of an invention.”
On July 3, 1803, President Thomas Jefferson learned to his delight that his representatives in Paris had concluded an epic deal with Napoleon two months earlier.
On Tuesday, April 16, 1946, the president of the United States lunched with several U.S. senators at the Capitol, paused to shake hands with wounded war veterans, then headed to the ballpark.
Mention Vietnam to anyone old enough to remember the 1960s and you’ll likely evoke a passionate reply. Many Americans don’t really think of the Vietnam War as history—it’s still such a vital part of their memory.
Second Lt. Marcellus E. Jones would remember that morning for the rest of his life—and so would the nation.
There’s more to the story of Thomas Jefferson’s slave Sally Hemings than the debate over his fathering her seven children.
The River Road along the Mississippi River in Louisiana is part of the old circulatory system of America, a trail of stories and legends as sweetly quaint as that of old Route 66, but not as well known and certainly not as commercial.
The concept of the hero with more-than-mortal powers is as old as Western civilization; whenever we’ve needed someone to look up to, we’ve invented him.
Aboard the Hartford on Aug. 5, 1864, Union Rear Adm. David Glasgow Farragut entered Mobile Bay, Ala., with armored monitors leading and a fleet of wooden ships following.
In naming the first national park in the United States, Congress might well have kept its original name: Colter’s Hell.