The True American
A review on the many publications about Henry David Thoreau's life for the bicentennial anniversary of his birthday.
Robert Pogue Harrison
New York Review of Books
August 17, 2017
Walt Whitman—Patriotic Poet, Gay Iconoclast, or Shrewd Marketing Ploy?
Americans tend to think of Walt Whitman as the embodiment of democracy and individualism, but have you ever considered Walt Whitman, the brand?
May 3, 2016
The Lies Americans Learn From Old West Theme Parks
As the nation debates monuments and public memory, it’s important to understand how other cultural sites help people learn (false) history.
September 6, 2017
How Chop Suey Saved San Francisco's Chinatown
For Chinese immigrants, surviving in America has always required intense strategy.
August 15, 2017
The Vietnam War That Never Goes Away
Popular theater productions and Hollywood movies about the Vietnam War have a continued place in popular culture and memory.
History News Network
August 4, 2017
Blackening the Louvre Museum
Beyoncé, Jay Z, and the legacies of slavery.
Ana Lucia Araujo
A Historian's Views
June 19, 2018
The Tater Tot Is American Ingenuity at Its Finest
The genius move that turned potato scraps into a frozen-food empire
August 28, 2017
Combatting Stereotypes About Appalachian Dialects
Language variation is just as diverse within Appalachia as it is outside of the region.
July 13, 2017
The Role of HBCUs and the Black Press in the Rise of the American Tennis Association
Historically black colleges and universities hosted all but six ATA tournaments from 1927 to 1968.
August 4, 2017
'They Put Us in a Little Box': How Racial Tensions Shape Modern Soul Music
While white Americana singers have infused more soul into their sound, black artists still feel restricted by limited expectations.
June 13, 2018
A stuffed history of the closet, where the “past becomes space.”
July 1, 2017
The 19th-Century African-American Actor Who Conquered Europe
And why you might never have heard of Ira Aldridge.
August 7, 2017