The Hindenburg on fire, May 6th 1937.

America’s Love Affair With the Hindenburg

Before the German zeppelin met its fiery demise, it was an object of fascination for U.S. radio listeners.
The image of Phillis Wheatley that appeared in her book of poetry (1773).

Phillis Wheatley: an Eighteenth-Century Genius in Bondage

Vincent Carretta takes a look at the remarkable life of the first ever African-American woman to be published.
Enslaved Africans play the banjo on a plantation.

Chronicling “America’s African Instrument”

Laurent Dubois discusses the banjo's history and its symbolism of community, slavery, resistance, and ultimately America itself.
El Clamor Publico, California's first Spanish language newspaper, founded in Los Angeles in 1855 .

Spanish Has Never Been a Foreign Language in the United States

The call to “speak English” in America has a long history that often drowns out our even longer history of diverse language use.
The cover of a German copy of the second volume of The International Jew, which Henry Ford published (1922-1924).

The Dark Legacy of Henry Ford’s Anti-Semitism

The Dearborn Independent, a newspaper Ford owned, regularly supported and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
Nielsen numbers for television viewing time since 1949.

When Did TV Watching Peak?

It’s probably later than you think, and long after the internet became widespread.
Howard Coffin hosts President Calvin Coolidge on Sapelo Island, Georgia to the spectacular Gullah community that thrived there.

Black Gullah Culture Fascinated Americans Just As President Coolidge Visited

The culture on Sapelo Island, Georgia was unique
Monopoly box top (1930s).

The Anti-Capitalist Woman Who Created Monopoly—Before Others Cashed In

The beloved board game's long-hidden origin story debunks the myth of a male lone genius.
Silhouettes of Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake from ca. 1805-1815.

Rarely Seen 19th-Century Silhouette of a Same-Sex Couple Living Together Goes On View

A new show, featuring the paper cutouts, reveals unheralded early Americans.
The kitchen at Memorial House and Colonial Kitchen Complex in Warsaw, Virginia.

Mild, Medium, or Hot?

How Americans went from adventurous eaters to plain janes—and then back again.
John Trumbull's
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When Did Colonial America Gain Linguistic Independence?

By the time the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776, did colonial Americans still sound like their British counterparts?
A can of Spam, a popular American food, stands on a shelf.

How Spam Went from Canned Necessity to American Icon

Out-of-the-can branding helped transform World War II’s rations into a beloved household staple.