King's Death Gave Birth to Hip-Hop
The assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. led directly to hip-hop, an era that is often contrasted with his legacy.
Vann R. Newkirk
April 8, 2018
40% of Wikipedia Is Under Threat from Deletionists
"Deletionists" are rapidly removing content from Wikiedpia; often, the lost material is created by those who struggle to be heard.
February 16, 2017
Why America Forgot About 'Roots'
Although Roots faced criticism for its lack of realism, it helped change the way Americans viewed slavery.
Matthew F. Delmont
New York Times
May 27, 2016
What About “The Breakfast Club”?
Revisiting the movies of my youth in the age of #MeToo.
The New Yorker
April 6, 2018
Roller Skating Socials and a Black Rosie the Riveter
Uncovering black newspapers from the 19th and 20th centuries can open up new possibilities for teaching African American history.
March 8, 2016
A Century of Highway Zombies
Since the 1920s, “highway hypnosis” has lulled drivers to disaster.
July 29, 2016
How the Chili Dog Transcended America's Divisions
The national dish is really a fusion of immigrant fare.
March 2, 2017
Bathing in Controversy
For a century, school showers have anticipated the current debate about bathrooms.
June 2, 2017
The Troubled History of Horse Meat in America
The White House wants to reinstate the sale of horses for slaughter, but eating horse meat has always been politically treacherous.
June 8, 2017
The Power Suit’s Subversive Legacy
Women have long borrowed from men’s dress to claim the authority associated with it. It hasn’t always worked.
December 26, 2017
A Short History of the Tomboy
With roots in race and gender discord, has the “tomboy” label worn out its welcome?
January 5, 2017
The Real Story Behind "Johnny Appleseed"
Johnny Appleseed was based on a real person, John Chapman, who was eccentric enough without the legends.
October 22, 2016