The Stonewall Inn, June 19, 2019.

Stonewall and the Myth of Self-Deliverance

We’re drawn to tales of fierce resistance by oppressed minorities. But those stories can blind us to how social progress happens.
Robert Caro, 2019.

Against the Great Man Theory of Historians

Robert Caro's new memoir is not so much inspiration as an exercise in self-celebration.
An urban renewal boundary map of Vinegar Hill in Charlottesville, VA prepared for the Charlottesville Redevelopment and Housing Authority by Harland Bartholomew & Associates (1960).

That World Is Gone: Race and Displacement in a Southern Town

The story of Vinegar Hill, a historically African American neighborhood in Charlottesville, Virginia.
U.S. troops wade ashore from a LCVP landing craft, off Omaha Beach, June 6, 1944.

Here Comes the D-Day Myth Again

The Allied invasion of France was an important step in the war against the Nazis. But it was by no means a turning point.
Caen, after the bombs fell on Normandy during D-Day.

Ghosts of D-Day: Civilian Casualties of Battle of Normandy

Remembering the civilian losses that have been overshadowed by heroic wartime feats.
Armed rioters in front of the burned-down

Maligned in Black and White

Southern newspapers played a major role in racial violence. Do they owe their communities an apology?
Still from the New York Times' video,

Who Threw the First Brick at Stonewall? Let’s Argue About It

How a particular fantasy of the Stonewall rebellion took on such huge importance in the queer imagination.
Maurice Spivey protests against the name of Nathan Bedford Forrest Park in front of his statue in Memphis, Tennessee (2005).

Forrest the Butcher

Memphis wants to remove a statue honoring first grand wizard of the KKK.
Sen. John F. Kennedy and Sen. Lyndon B. Johnson, during the Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles (1960).

On Robert Caro, Great Men, and the Problem of Powerful Women in Biography

Power and ambition in women are often hidden, buried, disguised, crushed, mocked, diminished, punished, or excoriated.

Pessimism and Primary Sources in the Survey

The pessimism of some historians does an injustice to marginalized people of the past and can produce cynicism in students.
 An areal view of the Statue of Liberty in 2016.

The Statue of Liberty Was Created to Celebrate Freed Slaves, Not Immigrants

Lady Liberty was inspired by the end of the Civil War and emancipation. The connection to immigration came later.
A sketch by James E. Taylor published in Frank Leslie's Illustrated Newspaper on Sept. 22, 1866, shows African Americans gathered outside the Freedmen's Bureau in Richmond, Virginia.

Hillary Clinton Goes Back to the Dunning School

How do you diagnose the problem of racism in America without understanding its actual history?