Historical Figures

From Musketeers to Nazis, Archimedes to Harriet Tubman, these famous historical figures changed the course of history -- for better or worse.

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How the Vikings Worked

The Vikings were bloodthirsty raiders outfitted with armor and dragon boats, pillaging the coasts. Or was there more to the Age of Vikings?

How King Arthur Worked

King Arthur means knights, swords in stones, ladies in lakes -- and Monty Python. Who was the real King Arthur? Did Camelot exist?


Aeschines, (390-314? B.C.), an orator of ancient Greece. His oratory was distinguished by its eloquence, wit, and passion.

How Lewis and Clark Worked

Lewis and Clark's expedition changed the course of American history. Through their explorations, a new nation found its identity.

How Hillary Clinton Works

Sen. Hillary Clinton came closer than any other woman to securing the nomination for president. How did she arrive at that point, and what did she want to accomplish if she had been elected?

How John McCain Worked

Sen. John McCain was a retired Navy veteran, a supporter of the war in Iraq and the Republican Party's 2008 nominee for president. How did he earn a reputation for being a maverick?

How Barack Obama Works

If there's one message President Barack Obama wanted to get across during his campaign, it was that he represents change. Does his background match his message?

How the Spanish Inquisition Worked

Did anyone expect the Spanish Inquisition? It began with religious intolerance and ended with torture, with false accusations and unfair trials in between. How did this period of cruelty come to be?

How Knights Work

What were knights really like? Did they slay dragons, sleep in their armor and rescue damsels in distress?

How Royalty Works

Royalty calls to mind impossible wealth, power and privilege -- and maybe a breath of scandal. Do kings and queens simply sit on their thrones with ermine robes and scepters?

How McCarthyism Worked

Senator Joseph McCarthy whipped up anti-Communist hysteria in the early 1950s -- using controversial tactics and ruining hundreds of careers, including his own.

10 Famous Native Americans

America's history begins with the Native Americans and the English settlers they encountered. Read our list of Native American leaders and heroes, including Sequoyah, Geronimo, and Crazy Horse.

12 Renowned Women of the Wild West

A number of women made names for themselves during the Wild West. Read our list of 12 of the most famous heroines from this time period, including Annie Oakley, Belle Starr, and Calamity Jane.

Amelia Earhart's Transatlantic Flight

After Amelia Earhart became the first woman to make a transatlantic flight, she became a national celebrity. Learn about Earhart's accomplishments and find out why her disappearance is still a mystery.

Charles Lindbergh's Transatlantic Flight

Charles Lindbergh made the first transatlantic flight, from New York to Paris. Learn more about Charles Lindbergh's flight and his plane, the Spirit of St. Louis.

Who are the Duke of York, Duke of Kent, etc., and how did they get their titles?

When I hear about the Duke of York, the Duke of Kent, etc., who are they and how did they get their titles? What is a "Duke"? Are they related to the queen, or are they normal people?