Resources on History

This Saturday marks the quincentennial of King Charles V of Spain authorizing the slave trade from Africa to the New World. Here are five facts you should know about the transatlantic slave trade and its abolition. 1. The Spanish merchant... Continue...

The Justice Department announced last week that it was reopening an investigation into the 1955 murder and torture of Emmett Till. Here are five facts you should know about one of the most notorious lynchings in modern American history.  1.... Continue...

Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy announced today that he will retire from the U.S. Supreme Court on July 31. Here are five facts you should know about the high court’s primary “swing vote” on social issues: 1. Anthony Kennedy, age 81,... Continue...

Yesterday marked the 50th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act on 1968. Here are five facts about the final great legislative achievement of the civil rights era. 1. The original goal of the Civil Rights Act of... Continue...

One of the great pleasures of my life is to read biographies of U.S. presidents. These are not the only types of biographies I read. I try to read about figures in church history, world leaders, and other interesting people,... Continue...

One week after graduating from high school, my family went on one of the most miserable vacations I can remember. It wasn’t unbearable because of travel difficulties or because of a family tragedy or sickness. Instead, it was miserable because... Continue...

Today the National Archives will be releasing to the public thousands of files related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy in Dallas, Texas on November 22, 1963. Here are five facts you may not know about the Kennedy assassination.... Continue...

The idea of home is a well-worn theme in stories and in movies. For many, home is a place of comfort, safety, familiarity, and respite. Home is never more desirable than when we have been away from it for a... Continue...

Today, film director Christopher Nolan’s movie Dunkirk opens in theaters across the U.S. The film tells the true story of Operation Dynamo, a heroic effort to save Allied troops who were stranded on a beach in France and surrounded by... Continue...