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

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.
The Lilith Fair festival stage, at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA, Sept. 22, 1998

The Oral History of Lilith Fair, As Told By the Women Who Lived It

It was a time when promoters were telling women in music: “You can’t put two women on the same bill. People won’t come.”
George Washington stands in front of a white horse.

The Founding Fathers Would Literally Bet on Anything

Our Founding Fathers—particularly those of a Southern persuasion—gambled not only on horses but pretty much everything else.
Boxer Jack Johnson in 1909.

Missed in Coverage of Jack Johnson, the Racism Around Him

The Times' coverage of Johnson, the first black boxer to win the heavyweight title, reveals racially coded attitudes.
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speak together sitting at a picnic table on the South Lawn of the White House on April 9, 2009.

An Illustrated History of the Picnic Table

On Memorial Day weekend, we celebrate an icon of vernacular design.
A Confederate flag is seen during a rally to show support for it.

Which Is the Real Confederate Flag?

How did the Confederacy come to be symbolized in the flag that roils American politics to this day?