Best History Writing of 2021
Bunk's American History Top 40.
Sluts and the Founders
Understanding the meaning of the word "slut" in the Founders' vocabulary.
Study Marry Kill
Dun, Dun Duuun! Where Did Pop Culture’s Most Dramatic Sound Come From?
Did the iconic three-note sequence come from Stravinsky, the Muppets or somewhere else? Our writer set out to – dun, dun duuuun! – reveal the mystery.
The People’s Bicentennial Commission and the Spirit of (19)76
The Left once tried to own the legacy of America’s Bicentennial, but ran into ideological and structural roadblocks all too familiar today.
Tropics of Meta
“Bambi” Is Even Bleaker Than You Thought
The original book is far more grisly than the beloved Disney classic—and has an unsettling message about humanity.
The New Yorker
What We Miss When We Say a War Has “Ended”
Bringing to light the kinship among American wars—and, by extension, their true significance—requires situating them in a single historical framework.
Land Acquisition and Dispossession: Mapping the Homestead Act, 1863-1912
Year-by-year maps of homesteading claims and the dispossession of Native Americans.
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