Biography of Boss Tweed, legendary corrupt political boss of New York City in the era following the Civil War.
Col. Elmer Ellsworth, the first Union officer killed in the Civil War, organized the Fire Zouaves, a regiment of New York City firemen, and was a personal friend of Abraham Lincoln. The national reaction to Ellsworth's death, which included a funeral in the East Room of the White House, tells us a lot about America at the beginning of the Civil War.
Five reasons why the Battle of Gettysburg mattered.
John C. Calhoun, father of nullification and member of the Great Triumvirate of senators, was a political force and advocate for the South.
The facts one should know about James Madison, America's fourth president and the man considered The Father of the Constitution.
The basic facts one should know about Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence.
Facts you should know about John Adams, America's second president and one of the greatest of the founding fathers.
The basic facts one should know about George Washington, military hero and first president of the United States.
Unscrupulous financier Jay Gould tried to corner the market on gold, and caused the Black Friday panic of September 24, 1869.
Chester Alan Arthur was believed to be unqualified and unsuited for the presidency when he took office upon the death of President James Garfield.
The Cardiff Giant was one of the famous and popular hoaxes of the 19th Century. Thousands flocked to see the peculiar "petrified giant" discovered on a New York farm.
Britain's Great Exhibition of 1851 assembled technology from around the world in London. Learn about the spectacular exhibition organized by Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's scientifically minded husband.
Facts one should know about Daniel Webster, one of the most powerful and eloquent American political figures.
Arlington National Cemetery was founded during the Civil War, on the site of Robert E. Lee's former home.
The facts one should know about Andrew Jackson, one of the most significant 19th century presidents.
The significant facts to know about James Garfield, 20th president of the United States, who died of an assassin's bullet during his first year in office.
The 19th century featured a strong presence of the supernatural, despite being a period obsessed with science and technology. These are some of the noteworthy supernatural and spooky events of the 1800s.
The Great Blizzard of 1888 hammered the Northeast, killing hundreds, isolating entire cities, and disabling telegraph lines and railroads.
Opposition to the War of 1812 became so intense that New England delegates gathered to propose changes to the Constitution.
The facts one needs to know about Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederate States of America.
The facts one should know about Rutherford B. Hayes, who became president in one of the most disputed elections in American history.
The significant facts one needs to know about John Quincy Adams, American diplomat, president, and congressman.
The significant facts one needs to know about Martin Van Buren, America's eighth president and in many ways the founder of the nation's system of political parties.
Facts one needs to know about James Buchanan, the president who failed to hold the nation together just before the Civil War.
The significant facts one needs to know about Franklin Pierce, 14th president of the United States, who served one troubled term in the 1850s.