History cranks and fiends, I promised myself I would send fewer newsletters about George Washington et al., and I was doing so well! Just last week, I…
I got the idea for the essay below around 2017, when I was researching my George Washington biography, but I wrote it this month, while doing research…
My wild New Years: A sound thrashing by a lady cyclist. Bad presidential poetry. Snakes in the White House. Yale's widow-loving namesake. Cholera…
Thanks to all of you who filled out the survey! If you’d still like to weigh in, please do; I’m basing next year’s changes on your answers. And last…
JFK's White House Recordings
Subscribers, I made you a narrative timeline to reference alongside the public edition of The Insanity Trial of Mary Lincoln. It went out a bit early, a…
This is the second post in a two-part series. ICYMI: Why Do We Think That Mary Lincoln Was Crazy? Subscribers, you should have received a narrative…
An introduction to next week's newsletter
Historian Melanie Newport turns to eBay
Mount Vernon's all-white conference, the 1619 Project, and more
Well, technically it was a Lady-in-Waiting
Behind the scenes with a patron saint of collective knowledge