How Hollywood's first major blockbuster revived the KKK
"The Birth of a Nation" depicted life after the Civil War in a way that glorified Klansmen. The film and its cultural impact led one man to conclude that the time was right to bring back the Klu Klux Klan.
The biscuit tin that protected the crown jewels
It’s World War II, and you’re King George VI of England. You fear a Nazi invasion of England could come at any moment. How do you protect the crown jewels? Not even Queen Elizabeth II knew how her dad did it - until recently.
Rosie the Riveter isn't who you think she is
An American in the 1940s would not recognize the woman from the “We Can Do It!” poster as Rosie the Riveter.
Reagan's most historic speech took a few years to make an impact
When President Reagan told Mr. Gorbachev to “tear down this wall,” it was not seen as a historic moment. It took the actual fall of the wall to resurrect the speech and drill the quote into the nation's political consciousness.
How the anti-Semitic conspiracy theories about the Rothschilds began
The anti-Semitic conspiracy theories surrounding the Rothschild family date all the way back to The Battle of Waterloo.