A painting entitled

A Brief History of Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a holiday about food – but it is more specifically a holiday about food’s absence.
A graphic from Liberty Hangout, a libertarian news and opinion website.

The Alt-Right’s Favorite Meme Is 100 Years Old

‘Cultural Marxism’ might sound postmodern but it’s got a long, toxic history.
Black Philadelphians formed the Crispus Attucks Circle for War Relief to raise funds for Mercy Hospital, an institution serving black soldiers.

How Black Philadelphians Fought for Soldiers During World War I

A brief history of the Crispus Attucks Circle, an African American relief agency.
Members of the New England Patriots kneel as the National Anthem is played before a game at Gillette Stadium on September 24, 2017.

Donald Trump’s Use of the “Star-Spangled Banner” Is an American Tradition

It's a short song with a complicated history.
New York Police Department car (2013).

The Orchestra

What are the origins of the mechanical siren?
Intellectual and writer Randolph Bourne.

Trans-National America

In 1916, Randolph Bourne challenged widespread nativism by calling for a reconsideration of the “melting-pot” theory.
A 1774 caricature of extreme

The Gender-Bending Style of Yankee Doodle's Macaroni

The outlandish "macaroni" style of 18th-century England blurred the boundaries of gender, as well as class and nationality.

Uncola: Seven-Up, Counterculture and the Making of an American Brand

Advertisements for the soft drink presented it as a soda revolution.
An image from the Great War taken in an Australian Advanced Dressing Station near Ypres in 1917.

How Horror Changed After WWI

The war created a new world, an alternate reality distinct from what most people before 1914 expected their lives to be.
David Porter, 2005.

David Porter Takes Us to School

The man who wrote "Soul Man" gives a master class on how code-switching through music helped catalyze the Civil Rights Movement.

Take an Immigrant’s Journey

Follow the paths of eight immigrants, whose stories are based on real laws and historically documented scenarios.
Barnum & Bailey - I'll meet you at the circus, ca. 1906.

The American Circus in All Its Glory

A new documentary tells the history of the big top.