US Mint's series of $1 presidential coins have lost value with the dollar's slide. But the US Mint's presidential spouse coins, made of gold, have doubled in value.
Readers write in about defense spending and the cost of undeclared wars as well as the US Civil War legacy.
Historian Kate Clifford Larson talks about Mary Surratt, the Washington D.C. landlady accused of plotting to kill Lincoln and profiled in new movie "The Conspirator."
From the work of a recent US Poet Laureate to a satire by a Steppenwolf Theatre-affiliated playwright to a Chinese folk-tale-turned opera, the 2011 Pulitzer Prizes for the arts represent a lively and wide-ranging mélange.
The American Civil War is a touchy subject for educators, who must help children understand issues that continue to divide Americans 150 years after the war's outset.
It was 150 years ago this week that Confederate troops fired on a federal fort in Charleston harbor and began the violent four-year struggle in which Americans raised arms against Americans. The history books can tell us much about the trauma of war, but for those who prefer the emotional truths that can be conveyed by a good novel, here are 10 classic stories of the US Civil War.
To finance the Civil War, the Union government levied taxes on products, companies, and incomes. How income taxes have – and haven't – changed in the 150 years since.
The Civil War, which began 150 years ago Tuesday, has long been a potent theme in film – highlighted by the release of a new Civil War film by Robert Redford Friday.
Spectators watch fireworks organized to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's historic space flight, in Moscow's Victory Park.
Fort Sumter marked the start of the Civil War, with Confederates shelling it on April 12, 1861. Today, the cannon rolls still reverberate in a country that remains at peace, but torn by ideological divides.