Prop and Property
The house in American cinema, from the plantation to Chavez Ravine.
John David Rhodes
December 1, 2017
Blackface, KKK Hoods and Mock Lynchings: Review of 900 Yearbooks Finds Blatant Racism
In an extensive search of college yearbooks, we found blackface and Ku Klux Klan photos like Ralph Northam's far beyond Virginia.
February 21, 2019
100 Years Later, Dearborn Confronts the Hate of Hometown Hero Henry Ford
Dearborn, proud home of Henry Ford, has addressed the auto pioneer's anti-Semitism in the 1920s, which flourishes today on extremist websites.
January 24, 2019
How America’s Hunting Culture Shaped Masculinity, Environmentalism, and the NRA
From Davy Crockett to Teddy Roosevelt, this is the legacy of hunting in American culture.
June 12, 2018
The Evolution of American Foodie Culture
Tracing the culinary revolution that changed Americans’ approach to eating.
Christopher C. Gorham
February 13, 2019
The Strange History of Comic Book Advertisements
One thing that has stayed consistent in Western comic books is the often bizarre advertisements.
May 31, 2018
How Ceiling Fans Allowed Slaves to Eavesdrop on Plantation Owners
The punkahs of the Antebellum era served many purposes.
May 14, 2018
The Old Man and His Muse: Hemingway’s Toe-Curling Infatuation with Adriana Ivancich
For the last decade of his life, the sozzled Hemingway was in thrall to an Italian 30 years his junior.
September 1, 2018
The Quest to Break America’s Most Mysterious Code—And Find $60 Million in Buried Treasure
A set of 200-year-old ciphers may reveal the location of millions of dollars’ worth of treasure buried in rural Virginia.
June 4, 2018
Yes, Politicians Wore Blackface. It Used to be All-American ‘Fun.’
Minstrel shows were once so mainstream that even presidents watched them.
Rhae Lynn Barnes
February 8, 2019
From Oil to Oprah: An Oral History of the StairMaster
The untold origin story of an iconic workout machine, told one step at a time.
February 7, 2019
The Faces of Racism
A history of blackface and minstrelsy in American culture.
February 8, 2019