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Classics

A selection of old favorites.
Barry Faulkner’s 1936 rendition of the Constitutional Convention

FeatureThe First Dissenters

George Mason swore he would rather "chop off his right hand" than sign the Constitution.

“The Political Quadrille, Music by Dred Scott", 1860

FeatureThe Man Who Came in Second

In 1860, John C. Breckinridge ran for president against Lincoln, and broke the Democrats in two.

<em>The Apotheosis of Washington</em>

FeatureThe Other Jefferson Davis

The U.S. Capitol, as we know it today, would never have existed without Jefferson Davis.

Image of Dolley Madison.

FeatureThe Politics of Love

Dolley Madison gained influence through kindness.

Stein in France with her longtime friend Bernard Faÿ

FeatureThe Strange Politics of Gertrude Stein

Was the den mother of modernism a fascist?

Image of Josh White with guitar

FeatureThis Land Is Our Land

The Popular Front and American culture.

Guastavino vaulted staircase, 1914

FeatureVaulting Ambition

The artful masonry of Rafael Guastavino rediscovered.

Samuel Johnson's 1755 Dictionary

FeatureWhat Samuel Johnson Really Did

He made dictionaries matter.

Bram Stoker in 1906

FeatureWhen Bram Met Walt

Before conjuring Dracula, Bram Stoker poured his soul out to America's poet.

Cartoon showing Pegler charging racketeers with a pen

FeatureWho Was Westbrook Pegler?

The original right-wing takedown artist