US soldier savors the taste of his first ice cream soda in two years (1944).

How Ice Cream Helped America at War

For decades, the military made sure soldiers had access to the treat—including spending $1 million on a floating ice-cream factory.
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and President Donald Trump tour Saint Andrew Catholic School in Orlando, FL, March 2017.

The Founding Fathers Made Our Schools Public. We Should Keep Them That Way.

They believed public schools were the foundation of a virtuous republic.
A 75th anniversary edition of Fanta based on the original German recipe, 2015.

Coca-Cola Collaborated with the Nazis in the 1930s, and Fanta is the Proof

The not-so-sweet history.
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A Brief History of the Great American Coloring Book

Where coloring books came from says something about what they are today.
A publicity photo from Charlie Chaplin's 1921 film

Curing (Silent) Movies of Deafness?

In many ways, silent film was an art form entirely different from the "talkies" we enjoy today.
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What the Viral Media of the Civil War Era Can Teach Us About Prejudice

A recent photography exhibit at the Getty Center raises difficult questions about our capacity for empathy.
An early published edition of the famous baseball song

The Umpire Strikes Out: Baseball Music and Labor

The classic baseball hit "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" has a lot more to do with U.S. history than one might think.
Donald Trump and 'The Apprentice 2' winner Kelly Perdew attend the after party for the final episode of 'The Apprentice 2' at the Roseland Ballroom December 16, 2004 in New York City.

The TV That Created Donald Trump

Rewatching “The Apprentice,” the show that made his Presidency possible.
A photo of Edythe Edye from 1951.

She Risked Jail to Create A Magazine for Lesbians

Decades before "The L Word," Edythe Eyde knew her magazine for lesbians — Vice Versa — was illegal.
Wilma Rudolph, Lucinda Williams, Barbara Jones and Martha Hudson at the 1960 Rome Olympics.

Black Athletes, Anthem Protests, and the Spectacle of Patriotism

The NFL's response to player protests reflects decades of League and U.S. attempts to portray false images of post-racial harmony.
NeNe Leakes at a PaleyFest 2013 panel.

We Need to Talk About Digital Blackface in GIFs

Are you part of the problem?
An apple pie.

Food in America and American Foodways

Rachel Herrmann asks whether there’s such a thing as “American food.”