The Barbaric History of Sugar in America
How sugar became the “white gold” that fueled slavery — and an industry that continues to exploit black lives to this day.
New York Times Magazine
How Jamestown Abandoned a Utopian Vision and Embraced Slavery
In 1619, wealthy investors overthrew the charter that guaranteed land for everyone.
Zócalo Public Square
The Hopefulness and Hopelessness of 1619
Marking the 400-year African American struggle to survive and to be free of racism.
How President Trump’s New Immigration Rule Could Erode the Social Safety Net
The new rule dramatically expands the meaning of public charge.
Made by History
Golden Age Superheroes Were Shaped by the Rise of Fascism
Created in New York by Jewish immigrants, the first comic book superheroes were mythic saviors who could combat the Nazi threat.
Why an Heiress Spent Her Fortune Trying to Keep Immigrants Out
An environmental-minded socialite became an ardent nativist whose money helped sow the seeds of the Trumpist agenda.
New York Times
How Mosquitoes Changed Everything
They slaughtered our ancestors and derailed our history. And they’re not finished with us yet.
The New Yorker
California’s Forgotten Confederate History
Why was the Golden State once chock-full of memorials to the Southern rebels?
The New Republic
Letters of the Damned: Exorcising the Curse of the Petrified Forest
Letters come in each year with pilfered stones from the national park, hoping to break the senders' curse.
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