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The Vault- a series of quirky stories and historical articles from the Slate.

The Vault- a series of quirky stories and historical articles from the Slate.

Animated interactive of the history of the Atlantic slave trade.

This Haunting Animation Maps the Journeys of 15,790 Slave Ships in Two Minutes

Animated interactive of the history of the Atlantic slave trade.

United States didn’t buy a huge tract of land from France. It bought the right to displace Native Americans from that land. Slate article.

The True Story of the Louisiana Purchase Is One of Shameful Plunder of Native American Lands

United States didn’t buy a huge tract of land from France. It bought the right to displace Native Americans from that land. Slate article.

Quality article about the impact of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and the book's merit as a piece of undercover journalism. Also provides some background on the famous muckraker.

Upton Sinclair's The Jungle.

Quality article about the impact of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle and the book's merit as a piece of undercover journalism. Also provides some background on the famous muckraker.

Lyndon Johnson showed off his surgical scar after a double operation to remove his gallbladder & a kidney stone. “I got two operations for the price of one,” [Dr. George] Hallenbeck went in there and messed around for a couple of hours and then stepped aside and let the other fellow in." The picture became an iconic representation of the president’s earthiness—along with the barbecue cookouts  for dignitaries. For his critics, it became a symbol of how Johnson was coarsening the presidency.

Unpromted, Paul Ryan Reiterates Hostility to Contraception Coverage in Debate

Lyndon Johnson showed off his surgical scar after a double operation to remove his gallbladder & a kidney stone. “I got two operations for the price of one,” [Dr. George] Hallenbeck went in there and messed around for a couple of hours and then stepped aside and let the other fellow in." The picture became an iconic representation of the president’s earthiness—along with the barbecue cookouts for dignitaries. For his critics, it became a symbol of how Johnson was coarsening the presidency.

The origins of the Hollywood blacklist.

Congress Went Looking for Communists in Hollywood Long Before Joseph McCarthy

The origins of the Hollywood blacklist.

Atlas Obscura on Slate is a blog about the world’s hidden wonders. Like us on Facebook and Tumblr, or follow us on Twitter. When you think of Allied es ...

The Early Spy Manual That Turned Bad Middle Management Into an Espionage Tactic

Atlas Obscura on Slate is a blog about the world’s hidden wonders. Like us on Facebook and Tumblr, or follow us on Twitter. When you think of Allied es ...

Last year, a slate of conservative candidates, supported by Americans for Prosperity, took over the majority of the Jefferson County School Board.  One of the first orders of business?  Review the AP History curriculum... the committee's review was to ensure the curriculum doesn't “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law,” and instructional materials “present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.”

Last year, a slate of conservative candidates, supported by Americans for Prosperity, took over the majority of the Jefferson County School Board. One of the first orders of business? Review the AP History curriculum... the committee's review was to ensure the curriculum doesn't “encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law,” and instructional materials “present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.”

Why Did the AP Suppress the Sexual Assault Portion of Its Bill Cosby Interview? "The clip is troubling, because Cosby appears studied in the art of soft intimidation. But I’m also troubled by the ease with which the Associated Press buckles to his demands. Until last night, the AP had opted to suppress the sexual assault portion of the interview, accommodating Cosby at the expense of reporting the news. Why would it do that?" | By Amanda Hess, Slate staff writer

Why Did the AP Suppress the Sexual Assault Portion of Its Bill Cosby Interview?

Why Did the AP Suppress the Sexual Assault Portion of Its Bill Cosby Interview? "The clip is troubling, because Cosby appears studied in the art of soft intimidation. But I’m also troubled by the ease with which the Associated Press buckles to his demands. Until last night, the AP had opted to suppress the sexual assault portion of the interview, accommodating Cosby at the expense of reporting the news. Why would it do that?" | By Amanda Hess, Slate staff writer

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