Blowing up the desert – and people’s minds: the first atom bomb test in 1945.
The first atom bomb test seventy years ago today marks the start of a change in Americans' thinking about radiation. On balance, our nuclear anxieties endure today.
Many readers have responded with outrage to the notion that Atticus Finch might be racist.
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As a historical document, Watchman is a fascinating read. It gives us valuable insight into how America prefers to remember its history of racism.
White painter William Gilbert Gaul’s To the End (1907-1909) uses the loyal slave trope.
Black Like Us? – a new exhibition at the Birmingham Museum of Art – looks at how blackness has been portrayed in American art through the years.
Arrangement in Grey and Black No.1 (commonly known as Whistler’s Mother), by James McNeill Whistler (1871).
The famous portrait, usually resident in France, is on a rare tour in the US. From looking at it, one might assume its subject had a tranquil, even monotonous, life. But one would be wrong.
People protest the Confederate battle flag.
President Obama's recent condemnation of the Confederate battleflag mirrors the current and rapidly-changing public mood on this artefact. But attitudes to the flag have deeper roots.
Hamilton’s political enemies unduly tarnished his legacy.
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Alexander Hamilton's story is our story. It would be a mistake to remove him from the $10 bill.
The sun rises on Mother Emanuel Church June 20.
Why studying South Carolina's history led to one graduate student's activism -- and how that experience informs his reflections on the Charleston killing.
BB King performs in Hamburg, Germany in this 1971 photograph.
Before being crowned the "King of the Blues," a young Riley King honed his on-stage persona and made crucial contacts as a radio DJ.
Time to wave them off.
In some significant ways, Americans have fewer avenues for advancement than the characters of Mad Men do.
A 1909 cartoon suggested taxes on divorces, dogs, rubber plants and more during debate over the 16th Amendment
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As you wrestle with figuring out what you owe Uncle Sam, consider why the United States opted for an income tax back in 1913.
In a candid 1962 conversation with a Guardian editor, President Kennedy unpacked his views on Cuba, the Soviet Union, and nuclear war. What can Obama learn from him?
Fear of the unknown: would free radio broadcasts hurt gate receipts?
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With owners deeply divided over radio, a 20-year tug-of-war would ensue.
Drawings by male warriors – like Black Hawk’s ‘Dream or Vision or Himself Changed to a Destroyer or Riding a Bufalo Eagle (1880-1881)’ – often depicted visions perceived during meditation and fasting.
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A new exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art celebrates 2,000 years of artistic achievement.
Britain’s Prince Harry and his fiancee Meghan Markle appear on the grounds of Kensington Palace in London, Nov. 27, 2017.
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It might seem strange, especially given the nation’s decision to sever ties with George III in 1776.
Through his music, Lead Belly rejected the stereotype that country music was the domain of white artists, while blues music was reserved for blacks.
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Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection depicts the fully-formed artist – a blues musician, yes, but also a performer of string-band, country and pop songs.
Ma Rainey was one of Paramount Records’ most popular artists.
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In the 1920s, many black musicians were exploited by record companies, and faded into anonymity. Here are some of their stories.
History is not just a few facts to be memorized.
History is not a 'thing' to be memorized, as some in the Oklahoma legislature might believe, but a living process, to be understood in all its complexity.
A still shot from DW Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation (1915).
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Last month President Obama welcomed the film Selma into the White House – a first-family showing that, as it happens, occurred a century after the first-ever screening of a movie inside the White House…
In Samuel Roth’s time, there was no Constitutional protection for expression deemed subversive, obscene or indecent.
In 1957, publisher Samuel Roth spent his 63rd birthday in federal prison. His appeal denied by the United States Supreme Court, he would end up serving every day of his five year sentence. The crime? He…
Selma director and co-writer Ava DuVernay has crafted a new and important vision of an oft-examined era in our nation’s history.
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Hollywood films that depict American history deeply influence our sense of national identity. Films that portray Civil Rights and Black Freedom history are particularly important. Beyond entertaining moviegoers…