A historian examines what it means to value black life, then and now.
In the 1850s, an influx of immigrants incited xenophobia in Americans. How did Abraham Lincoln, the GOP's first president, react to the angry mood? A Civil War historian tells the tale.
Politicians are often eager to embrace the support of sports stars. But when Donald Trump trots out a very specific type of athlete and coach at his events, who's he really trying to appeal to?
Six of the nine people who died were black women. One year later, a Brandeis professor examines how black women have endured a legacy of racial violence in the U.S.
On the surface – and when compared to the Oscars – the 2016 Tonys looked like a groundbreaking moment for diversity in entertainment. But when it comes to inclusion, Broadway has a long way to go.
It wasn’t even until the late 19th century that this was codified into law.
When biographer Gretchen Gerzina came across an old British newspaper article calling Sarah E. Farro "the first negro novelist," she wondered: who was Farro, and why had she been lost to history?
Some are calling on the president to issue an apology when he visits Hiroshima. But an East Asia expert says his visit will focus on remembrance, and explains why that is enough.
With Freedom on the Move, historians hope to reveal patterns of escape and capture, while giving anyone the chance to learn about the individual heroism of runaway slaves.
Some Republican leaders are hunting for an orthodox, credible candidate to save them from Donald Trump. They probably can't win.
The 1968 presidential election saw belligerent, race-baiting populism in full flower. Sound familiar?
John Muir, born on April 21, 1838, was one of America's first great conservation advocates. His letters and diaries convey the emotions Muir felt in Yosemite Valley, his 'sanctum sanctorum.'
Christian, criminal or cowardly? People once thought your hair could hold the answer.
The prosperity gospel – a uniquely American strand of Christian theology – creates a dilemma for its adherents.
Why do Americans revere the Grand Canyon? It taught us to look at nature in a new way, and to respect iconic places by leaving them alone.
Much has been written about Robinson’s first major league game. Far less is known about the first integrated spring training game in Florida.
The US's seventh president was a populist the establishment tried to lock out of the White House. Sound familiar?
If Liverpool hadn't supplied it with warships, the South might not have been able to put up much of a fight against the Union.
Anti-migrant rhetoric is running high in the US – but its star proponent would do well to think about his German roots.
Seventy years ago, a horrific beating left a black World War II vet blind. His determined fight for justice would earn the support of Orson Welles, Woody Guthrie – and even the president.