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The 1968 Project

Revisit the year of student protests, the Tet Offensive, MLK’s assassination, and Nixon’s election in this...

"The Problem We All Live With," Norman Rockwell, 1963

Scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts the full trajectory of African-American history in his groundbreaking six-part...

Influenza warning poster from Rochester, NY

An estimated 650,000 Americans lost their lives to the infamous and tragic 1918-1919 influenza epidemic. Read the stories...

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

How has the American novel evolved and in what ways does it reflect an experience that is uniquely American?

Washington Crossing the Delaware, Emmanuel Gottlieb Leutze

America's independence from Great Britain was a decisive turning point in world history. Explore the causes, character,...

Marcel Duchamp (French, 1887-1968), Nude Descending a Staircas

Sometimes called the most important exhibition ever held in the United States, the 1913 Armory Show changed the way...

The Buddha's first teaching
Learn about the life and teachings of the Buddha and the foundations of Buddhist meditative practices.
Arrangement in Grey and Black, No.2: Portrait of Thomas Carlyle, Whistler

Writer Thomas Carlyle and his wife, Jane Welsh Carlyle, helped define what it was to be "Victorian." Read their...

Depiction of the Boston Massacre, 1770 engraving

Immerse yourself in the years of friction, fear, and turmoil that preceded the American Revolution.

photograph: Black Sunday dust storm approaching Ulysses, Kansas, April 14, 1935

Explore the causes and consequences of the worst man-made ecological disaster in American history.

Mevlana Celaleddin-i Rumi

The 13th-century Muslim mystic and poet Rumi helped shape Muslim thought. Explore his poetry and the history of the Islamic...

Eleanor Roosevelt

First Lady, diplomat, and citizen activist, Eleanor Roosevelt also wrote more than 8,000 columns, 580 articles, 27 books,...