The Rest I Will Kill William Tillman and the Unforgettable Story of How a Free Black Man Refused to Become a Slave

On July 4, 1861, the schooner S.J. Waring set sail from New York on a routine voyage to South America. Seventeen days later, it limped back into New York's harbor with the ship's...

Lincoln's Greatest Case The River, The Bridge, and The Making of America

In the early hours of May 6, 1856, the steamboat Effie Afton barreled into a pillar of the Rock Island Bridge—the first railroad bridge ever to span the Mississippi River. Soon...