Remembering When Americans Picnicked in Cemeteries
For a time, eating and relaxing among the dead was a national pastime.
April 20, 2018
Women’s Liberation, Beauty Contests, and the 1920s: Swimsuit Edition
The swimsuit that's controversial now for its sexist overtones was once controversial for its suggestions of women’s liberation.
June 19, 2018
The Late Capitalist Physique
How the perfect body became came to be a fetishized commodity.
Modern American History
May 11, 2018
American Women's Obsession With Being Thin Began With This 'Scientist'
Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich were hooked on his diet.
May 29, 2018
The Origins of Cybex Space
Cybex fitness equipment fills gyms around the world. Where did it come from?
Carolyn de la Peña
March 21, 2008
Have Elite US Colleges Lost Their Moral Purpose Altogether?
The ethical formation of citizens was once at the heart of the US elite college. Has this moral purpose gone altogether?
August 16, 2018
“Google Was Not a Normal Place”
A behind-the-scenes account of the most important company on the Internet, from grad-school all-nighters to extraordinary global power.
July 10, 2018
Six Italian Immigrants From the Bronx Carved Some of the Nation’s Most Iconic Sculptures
The Lincoln Memorial, the NY Public Library lions, and the senate pediment of the US Capitol Building are among their creations.
July 31, 2018
How plastic bags came to rule our lives, and why we can’t quit them.
August 17, 2018
Podcasting the Past
Why historians should stop worrying and embrace the rise of history podcasts by non-scholars.
August 20, 2018
The Rare Women in the Rare-Book Trade
When most people hear the term rare books, they imagine an old boys’ club of dealers seeking out first editions, mostly by men.
The Paris Review
July 5, 2018
When Aretha Franklin’s ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Drew a Torrent of Racial Abuse
Racist critics declared that Franklin ‘crucified’ the anthem at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
The Daily Beast
August 17, 2018