Long before Americans argued over whether the Constitution protected a right to privacy, historians say abortion was commonplace and unregulated. That began to change in the nineteenth century.
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Pulitzer Prize finalist Kate Masur discusses her book, "Until Justice Be Done," and the struggle to repeal racist laws in the North before the Civil War. America's first civil rights movement saw the Constitution as its ally.
When it comes to speech, most Americans agree the government may not censor. But in the cultural realm, there is no consensus on who can say what and where.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is showing an unbending, zealous approach in trying to eliminate a coronavirus that simply will not go away. And no one can stop him.
The war in Ukraine has entered a new phase with no end in sight. History tells us it may only end with negotiations, not outright victory.
The Biden administration's effort to revive the Iran nuclear accord may fail, opening the way to a new era of proliferation and conflict at a time when the U.S. is trying to hold together the old order.
Russia's dictator promotes a history of Ukraine dating to the tenth century that denies its people a national identity. It is a mountain of distortions.
Since the Cold War ended, a cultural awareness around nuclear weapons faded. Russia's war in Ukraine is reviving it, and proliferation experts say the concerns are overdue.
In the 76 years since the Nuremberg trials set the standard for punishing individuals for crimes against humanity, successful prosecutions have proven difficult. The odds are against it in Ukraine.
When Boris Yeltsin handpicked Vladimir Putin to be his successor in 1999, he was not a full-fledged autocrat. The events of the 2000s changed that.
The acclaimed political scientist tells The Washington Times the war in Ukraine is of critical importance to democracies everywhere.
In the third installment of this occasional series, two major historians dismantle race-obsessed interpretations of the American founding. In the process, they recover the first conflicts over slavery and race that were sparked by the American Revolution.
The former president argued Ukraine was not a core American interest. Has history proved him right or wrong?
The Finnish-Soviet Treaty of 1948 and the Austrian State Treaty of 1955 might show the way out of the war in Eastern Europe -- if realism can prevail.
Always to some extent partisan, the Supreme Court confirmation process has devolved into all-out political theater, from Bork to Brown Jackson.
Hitler biographer Ian Kershaw says the 1930s bear few strong parallels with the war in Ukraine, but Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggression is a reminder of the inherent weaknesses of democracies in facing up to dictatorships.
Military historian Max Hastings fears Russia may batter its way to something Vladimir Putin can call victory, leaving Ukraine's capital in ruins in the process.
Alan Taylor discusses why the original compromises over slavery seem to overshadow abolition in our history wars.
Historian Mary Elise Sarotte says the U.S. and Russia are entering a new period of conflict without many of the guardrails that existed during the last Cold War. That makes a new "Cold War" more dangerous.
Before Vladimir Putin rose to power, Russia's transition from Soviet Communism to democracy and free market economics failed disastrously. Those failures help explain today's crisis.
On the right, from elites down to ordinary voters, some people seem to admire Vladimir Putin. Donald Trump still praises him. Will that change after the invasion of Ukraine?