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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.
A magnifying glass on the start page of Wikipedia.

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.
The cover art of the 1977 miniseries

Why America Forgot About 'Roots'

Although Roots faced criticism for its lack of realism, it helped change the way Americans viewed slavery.
Molly Ringwald and Emilio Estevez in a scene from The Breakfast Club (1985).

What About “The Breakfast Club”?

Revisiting the movies of my youth in the age of #MeToo.
The October 15th, 1894 edition of The Colored Citizen, a Helena, Montana newspaper.

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.
Interstate 405 in Los Angeles, California. (2017)

A Century of Highway Zombies

Since the 1920s, “highway hypnosis” has lulled drivers to disaster.
Chili dog with fries.

How the Chili Dog Transcended America's Divisions

The national dish is really a fusion of immigrant fare.
A bathroom in Chemawa Indian School of Marion, Oregon, 1977.

Bathing in Controversy

For a century, school showers have anticipated the current debate about bathrooms.
A photograph of a horse.

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.
Melanie Griffith in the 1988 film.

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.
Mary Badham as Scout Finch in the 1962 movie

A Short History of the Tomboy

With roots in race and gender discord, has the “tomboy” label worn out its welcome?
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The Real Story Behind "Johnny Appleseed"

Johnny Appleseed was based on a real person, John Chapman, who was eccentric enough without the legends.