The Historical Roots of Blues Music
The blues is not "slave music," but the music of freed African Americans.
Lamont Pearley Sr.
May 9, 2018
Why Women Couldn’t Wear Pants on the Senate Floor Until 1993
Two political pioneers staged a "Pantsuit Revolution."
March 22, 2017
How The Hutchinson Family Singers Achieved Pop Stardom with an Anti-Slavery Anthem
"Get Off the Track!" borrowed the melody of a racist hit song and helped give a public voice to the abolitionist movement.
March 7, 2017
The Old West’s Muslim Tamale King
How a South Asian immigrant became a Wyoming fast-food legend and received American citizenship - twice.
The New Yorker
June 6, 2016
Little Government in the Big Woods
Melissa Gilbert's lost bid for Congress and the forgotten political history of 'Little House on the Prairie.'
July 1, 2016
The Digital Age Killed Cursive, But It Can't Kill the Signature
Signatures are a mark of authenticity.
Made by History
May 2, 2018
Prison Cells and Pretty Walls
Gender coding and American schools.
Jennifer Borgioli Binis
May 3, 2018
“A Public Menace”
How the fight to ban "The Birth of a Nation" shaped the nascent civil rights movement.
March 31, 2015
The Call of the Billboard
The roadside battle for people’s attention has been raging for more than a century.
July 7, 2016
The Invasion of Musical Robots, 1929
The rise of recorded music left many musicians fearful of a takeover by "canned music."
John F. Ptak
JF Ptak Science Books
June 1, 2017
What’s in Your Microwave Oven?
Everything has a history - including the microwave oven.
New York Times
April 14, 2017
Donald Trump, Jews and the Myth of Race
Until the 1940s, Jews in America were considered a separate race. Their journey to whiteness has important lessons.
April 9, 2017