Bunk is, at its core, a connection engine. Each day, we comb the internet for interesting articles, opinion pieces, videos, maps, visualizations, and other digital content that engages the American past.

We manually tag each piece of content, and excerpt it on our own site alongside other material from our archive that intersects with it in some way. Bunk began this curatorial work in spring 2017, and thus the majority of content in our archive was published between then and now.

As you explore the site, you’ll notice several specific types of connections being made. They are:

Connection Types

Core Idea

Shares a fundamental theme

Idea

Shares several themes

Person

Involves the same individuals

Place

Shares a geographical location

Previously

Shares similar themes in an earlier period

Later

Shares similar themes in a later period

Meanwhile

Happening around the same time

Era

Takes place in or concerns the same era

Do you have an idea for a new type of connection that you’d like to see on Bunk? We’d love to hear it. Got a favorite American history-themed essay or video? Send it our way.