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How Martin Luther Changed the World Clang! Clang! Down the corridors of religious history we hear this sound: Martin Luther, an energetic thirty-three-year-old Augustinian …

Who First Whistled Dixie?  Uncivil digs deep into the anthem of the Confederacy, and learn that almost everything we thought we knew about it… …

The Hippies Who Hated the Summer of Love The posters began to appear around the city just after New Year’s, 1967. “A Gathering of …

Whose Fault Was Dunkirk? Below is an excerpt from Last Hope Island, by . This story is recommended by Longreads contributing editor Dana Snitzky. …

How an Unfinished Portrait of Washington Ended Up on the Dollar Bill Under the rafters of a Philadelphia barn-turned-art studio in 1796, two men …

The Bittersweet History of Chocolate For most people, chocolate is purely tasty — but some of its history can be hard to swallow. One …

The Bolsheviks Versus the Deep State Vacant offices. Barren corridors. The hush of work not being done settles across the capital city, a silence …

The Short, Frantic, Rags-to-Riches Life of Jack London An extremist, radical and searcher, Jack London was never destined to grow old. One hundred years …

The bizarre true story behind the “this is a work of fiction” disclaimer. Virtually every film in modern memory ends with some variation of …

The Secrets of the Wave Pilots At 0400, three miles above the Pacific seafloor, the searchlight of a power boat swept through a warm …