Agricultural Building at the Worlds 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.
Boxer Jack Johnson was relentlessly reprimanded for his arrogance and opulent lifestyle. But what was the criticism really about?
The controversy over Kaepernick's refusal to stand for the National Anthem isn’t a watershed moment. It's only the latest chapter in a long history of people trying to control how black people behave.
Can a Hollywood film re-write one of the oldest and most important stories in the American past?
The Wigwam Motel in Holbrook, Arizona, is one of the few remnants of America’s mid-20th century motel boom.
Library of Congress
What does the shuttering of traditional roadside motels say about America's relationship with travel and freedom?
‘Feeling great!’ Clinton puts on a brave face for reporters a few hours after leaving a 9/11 commemoration because she felt ‘overheated.’
Avoiding questions about coughs and chronic conditions has a long political history in America.
Women line the Atlantic City boardwalk to protest the 1968 Miss America pageant.
Feminist Theories & Art Practices
For decades, the Miss America pageant had excluded minorities while celebrating a very narrow definition of womanhood. Then two separate protests – a women's liberation picket and the lesser-known Miss Black America pageant – said 'enough is enough.'
A valuable harvest.
American ginseng, a slow-growing native plant long used in traditional medicine, was abundant in colonial times. Now illegal harvesting and other stresses are pushing it close to extinction.
Woody Guthrie’s tenancy in Fred Trump’s Beach Haven apartment complex coincided with a diagnosis of Huntington’s disease.
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'Trump made a tramp out of me,' Guthrie lamented, denouncing his landlord who barred black families and pocketed federal funds.
Archaeologists on the front lines.
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Cultural resource management archaeologists don't choose where they dig. Instead they identify, evaluate and preserve cultural heritage sites in locations slated for development.
Nationwide, barbershops are on the decline.
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Is the decline of the corner barbershop another indicator that male friendships and community ties are eroding? Or could it simply mean that concepts of masculinity are shifting?
Ancestral Pueblo carving at Petroglyph National Monument, New Mexico.
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When we think of national parks, many people picture geysers or mountain peaks. But the park system also protects historic sites and objects that show how the U.S. has evolved into a diverse society.
Blacks faced violent attacks led by white Confederates after the Civil War ended.
The struggle for equal rights for black citizens in the U.S. today is backed by the promise of the 14th Amendment. A historian takes us back to the grassroots movements that led to its passage.
Residents near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in Minnesota and many others are concerned of the impact of mining in its headwaters.
Almost 100 years ago, the foundations to preserve the Boundary Waters in Minnesota for recreation were put in place. Now residents are debating whether to allow a mine in its headwaters.
A colorized 1937 photograph of a shantytown on the outskirts of Seattle.
Like Brazil's favela dwellers, America's working poor felt a sense of pride and community in their shantytowns – and desperately resisted the powerful interests that sought to demolish them.
FDR Presidential Library
Lucky Luciano, Al Capone and FDR walk into a Democratic convention...
Preaching unity in 1948 on the Freedom Train.
US National Archives and Records Administration
Previous efforts to cement national cohesion offer a model but also, says a historian, a warning.
The GOP establishment may not be too disappointed if Trump never becomes president.
A host of vast and persistent economic inequalities in America has created the perfect environment for a right-wing populist like Donald Trump.
A protester outside the Republican convention in Cleveland.
RNC protests in Cleveland have been peaceful, but are they effective? A historian explains what happened at the DNC in 1968 and why activists may want to reconsider their tactics.
Graham McNamee called the 1928 World Series between the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals.
Radio legend Graham McNamee was baseball's first broadcast star. So why did it take 74 years for the National Baseball Hall of Fame to honor him?
A black U.S. Marine gives salute.
U.S. Marine Corps
The men who killed police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge were black veterans. A historian explains black veterans' long struggle to live with inequality in their military service, and back home.