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Alan Farmer explains why the North won the American Civil War.

The Spanish explorer landed in the New World on April 3rd, 1513.

Volume: 63 Issue: 4 2013

Abu Raihan al-Biruni, an Islamic scholar from Central Asia, may have discovered the New World centuries before Columbus – without leaving his study – as S. Frederick Starr explains.

Volume: 63 Issue: 12 2013

Two hundred years ago Britain and the United States went to war. The conflict was a relatively minor affair, but its consequences were great, says Jeremy Black.

Volume: 62 Issue: 10 2012

Richard Cavendish remembers Henry Hudson's attempted discovery of the Northwest Passage.

Volume: 60 Issue: 8 2010

John Spiller surveys race relations in the United States during Reconstruction and constructs a balance sheet.

Issue: 65 2009

Richard Cavendish recalls the slave liberation movement in 19th-century Kansas.

Volume: 59 Issue 10 2009

Andrew Boxer traces the origins of a historical issue still as controversial and relevant today as in past centuries.

Issue: 64 2009

Richard Cavendish remembers the infamous mafia massacre of February 14th, 1929.

Volume: 59 Issue: 2 2009

Anthony Aveni explains how the people planning great monuments and cities, many millennia and thousands of miles apart, so often sought the same inspiration – alignments with the heavens.

Volume: 58 Issue 6 2008

The famed radio broadcast of HG Wells' War of the Worlds took place on October 30th, 1938.

Volume: 58 Issue: 10 2008

A century ago international anarchists were causing public outrage and panic with their terror tactics. Matt Carr considers the parallels with al-Qaeda today.

Volume: 57 Issue: 12 2007

Segregation on buses in Alabama officially ended on November 13th, 1956.

Volume: 56 Issue: 11 2006

Viv Sanders puts an inspiring figure, and an important event, into historical perspective.

Issue: 55 2006

Was Alexander Hamilton born in 1755 or 1757? He himself was confused about the year of his birth, but January 11th 1755 is currently considered the most likely date.

Volume: 55 Issue: 1 2005

Jonathan Marwil describes the eye-opening experience of three young Americans who went to report from the battlefields of the Italian War of Independence.

Volume: 55 Issue: 6 2005

Alan Farmer explains why the North won the American Civil War.

Issue: 52 2005

Richard Cavendish marks the birth of the American continent's namesake, on March 9th, 1454.

Volume: 54 Issue: 3 2004

Mark Rathbone looks at the role of the Supreme Court in the history of civil rights in the USA from 1865 onwards.

Issue: 48 2004

Bernard Porter points out similarities and contrasts between terrorism then and now.

Volume: 53 Issue: 11 2003
Documentary film-maker Martin Smith calls for makers of history programmes for television to reassess their standards.
Volume: 53 Issue: 3 2003
Volume: 53 Issue: 10 2003
Forty years after the fatal assassination of JFK, during which time conspiracy theories have flourished, Andrew Cook returns to the idea of the unaided assassin, and finds several twentieth-century examples.
Volume: 53 Issue: 11 2003

Elizabeth A. Fenn examines a little known catastrophe that reshaped the history of a continent.

Volume: 53 Issue: 8 2003

Peter Ling analyses Martin Luther King's involvement with non-violent protest in the USA. 

Issue: 45 2003
Mark Weisenmiller shows how the fate of Al-Qaida and Taliban prisoners in Cuba is linked to a US Supreme Court decision of sixty years ago.
Volume: 52 Issue: 4 2002
Howard Baker explains how the chance convergence of two vessels produced tragedy and disaster.
Volume: 52 Issue: 12 2002

President William McKinley was shot at a public reception during the Pan-American Exposition in the city of Buffalo on September 6th, 1901.

Volume: 51 Issue: 9 2001
Thomas S. Garlinghouse discusses the slow acceptance of archaeological evidence for sophisticated civilisation in pre-Columbian North America
Volume: 51 Issue: 9 2001

Jenny Bryce asks why the Americans introduced the 18th Amendment when the historical evidence suggested it was doomed to failure. This essay won the Julia Wood prize in 2000.

Issue: 38 2000

When in 1681 pirate Bartholomew Sharpe captured a Spanish ship and with it a detailed description of the west coast of the Americas, he gave English cartographers a field day and won himself an unexpected acquittal. James Kelly explains.

Volume: 48 Issue: 7 1998

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