How Everything On The Internet Became Clickbait
The “Laurel or Yanny?” phenomenon was the logical endpoint of 300 years of American media.
May 27, 2018
The Rise and Fall of the “Sellout”
The history of the epithet, from its rise among leftists and jazz critics and folkies to its recent fall from favor.
July 28, 2017
America’s Love Affair With the Hindenburg
Before the German zeppelin met its fiery demise, it was an object of fascination for U.S. radio listeners.
Michael J. Socolow
May 5, 2017
Phillis Wheatley: an Eighteenth-Century Genius in Bondage
Vincent Carretta takes a look at the remarkable life of the first ever African-American woman to be published.
The Public Domain Review
December 2, 2006
Chronicling “America’s African Instrument”
Laurent Dubois discusses the banjo's history and its symbolism of community, slavery, resistance, and ultimately America itself.
Perspectives on History
June 19, 2017
Spanish Has Never Been a Foreign Language in the United States
The call to “speak English” in America has a long history that often drowns out our even longer history of diverse language use.
Los Angeles Times
May 29, 2018
The Dark Legacy of Henry Ford’s Anti-Semitism
The Dearborn Independent, a newspaper Ford owned, regularly supported and spread anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.
A. James Rudin
October 10, 2014
When Did TV Watching Peak?
It’s probably later than you think, and long after the internet became widespread.
Alexis C. Madrigal
May 30, 2018
Black Gullah Culture Fascinated Americans Just As President Coolidge Visited
The culture on Sapelo Island, Georgia was unique
Melissa L. Cooper
July 7, 2017
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.
What It Means to Be American
March 27, 2017
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.
May 25, 2018
Mild, Medium, or Hot?
How Americans went from adventurous eaters to plain janes—and then back again.
May 3, 2017