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Without World War I, A Slower U.S. Rise, No 'God Bless America'

If the Great War had never happened, America might look vastly different. Among other things, woman's suffrage and the civil rights movement might have suffered.

Move To Honor Prohibition-Era 'Untouchable' Hits A Snag

Several U.S. senators want to name the ATF's Washington headquarters after Eliot Ness, credited with bringing down mobster Al Capone. But Chicago's City Council says Ness doesn't deserve the glory.

A World Without World War I, Featuring Health-Nut Hitler

One hundred years after the Great War, we're looking back at the history that wasn't. If Archduke Franz Ferdinand hadn't been killed in 1914, how would the world be different?
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Monuments Men: Protecting Art And Cultural Heritage In The Midst Of Conflict

A new Smithsonian exhibit explores the true story of the scholars, historians and art curators who became known as the "Monuments Men," which was also recently adapted for film. We explore a unique chapter in art history, and explore the ongoing challenge of protecting cultural heritage sites around the world.


What Pepsi Can Teach Us About Soft (Drink) Power In Russia

The soft drink giant is one of the few big U.S. firms with major investments in Russia. And the reasons why say a lot about why the U.S. has less leverage in Russia than it might like.

QUIZ: What Came Out Of World War I?

World War I shook up the world in a dramatic way — and from that chaos emerged inventions, words and other things we still use today. Can you identify them all?

Stokely Carmichael, A Philosopher Behind The Black Power Movement

A new biography traces Carmichael's evolution from civil rights activist to an early proponent of the black power movement and international human rights advocate.

Destroyed By Rockefellers, Mural Trespassed On Political Vision

When Mexican artist Diego Rivera was commissioned to do a mural for Rockefeller Center, some may have wondered whether industrialist tycoon John D. Rockefeller Jr. knew what he was getting into.

New Look At The Man Behind Black Power

Stokely Carmichel popularized one of the best known and most polarizing phrases of the civil rights era: "black power." Historian Peniel Joseph shares his new book Stokely: A Life.

How Bad Directions (And A Sandwich) Started World War I

World War I began 100 years ago this summer. The spark — Archduke Ferdinand's assassination — was dramatic, tragic and, in some ways, almost comic.