‘I don’t care what they say about me,’ P.T. Barnum once said, ‘as long as they spell my name correctly.’
The new movie about P.T. Barnum couldn’t come at a better time: It's impossible not to see his ghost in our culture, in our advertisements and in our president.
Keisha Lance Bottoms.
AP Photo/John Bazemore
The city's image as a model for black mobility and civil rights is crumbling. An expert on race and class politics takes us behind the veneer of one of the South's most important cities.
Former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, center.
AP Photo/Andrew Harnik
It hasn't always been, writes legal expert.
‘Fearless Girl’ dons a pink hat on March 8, 2017, on Wall Street in New York. An inscription at the base reads, ‘Know the power of women in leadership. She makes a difference.’
AP Photo/Mark Lennihan
A huge majority of Americans support equal rights for women. Is now the right time to get an amendment passed?
For the first time, human beings harnessed the power of atomic fission.
By figuring out fission, physicists were able to split uranium atoms and release massive amounts of energy. This Manhattan Project work paved the way both for atomic bombs and nuclear power reactors.
The impetus to impose immigration restrictions to prevent entry of certain ethnic groups into the US is not a new one.
Political reporter William D. Workman speaks at a GOP event in 1962.
Courtesy of South Carolina Political Collections, University of South Carolina
In the 1960s, white newspaper journalists exploited racial divisions to help build the GOP's southern firewall.
Closed on November 24.
On Black Friday, November 24, outdoor retailer REI will close its stores and urge customers to #OptOutside. But a historian calls this popular campaign light green environmentalism at best.
Waterfowl – not turkey – would have been the main course.
Winslow Homer, 'Right and Left' (1909), National Gallery of Art
Dishes we consider staples today have little to do with the first feast.
Atlanta mayoral candidates Keisha Lance Bottoms (left) and Mary Norwood will face off in December.
AP Photo/David Goldman
Atlanta is a black majority city that has elected black mayors since 1973. Two candidates now face a runoff in December.
Female protesters in Petrograd (now St Petersburg) in 1917 on International Women’s Day.
How a journalist from Nebraska chased the 'Soviet dream' all the way to Russia, only to be expelled on accusations of espionage.
With levels of political discourse reaching new lows, some might say the country could use a dose of shame and humility. At the same time, social media have unleashed a torrent of online shaming.
Soldiers deliver food and water following Hurricane Maria.
Two hurricanes in Puerto Rico's past fundamentally transformed the island's economy and politics. Maria will be the third, says a historian.
Five food experts peer under the bread to plumb the histories of the country's unique sandwiches, from favorites like tuna fish to lesser-known fare like the woodcock.
This highly-stylised slice of the Orient was originally a defence against racism.
Ole Peter Hansen Balling’s painting of John Brown.
Google Art Project via Wikimedia Commons
He took a remarkable stand against slavery in the countdown to the American Civil War – but opinion differs about his methods.
Were muskets in 1777 better regulated than assault rifles in 2017?
A leading historian of constitutional thought says the contemporary Second Amendment debate is founded on serious misunderstandings.
A U.S. soldier fires a Colt M16 in Vietnam in 1967.
While advocates of gun control may feel powerless in the wake of mass shootings like the one in Las Vegas, the history of government support for the industry shows Americans have more sway than they think.
The 2016 Standing Rock protest was only the most recent manifestation of the indigenous American values inherited by European settlers on this land.
Anti-immigrant policies ignore that American ideals like liberty, equality and the pursuit of happiness can be traced back to the indigenous pioneers who once moved freely across North America.
Agricultural Building at the World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago, Illinois, circa 1893.
University of Maryland Digital Collections
An anthropologist tells the story of how Columbus actually came close to falling into historical obscurity, until American hubris got in the way.