Uranium-rich ore sample from the Shinkolobwe Mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Searching for Wakanda

The African roots of the Black Panther story.
Artwork from Drexciya's 1997 album

Black Atlantis

Why do white people love Black Panther, just as they love Star Wars?
Dr. Jordan Peterson delivering a lecture at the University of Toronto in 2017.

Jordan Peterson & Fascist Mysticism

The bestselling guru's ancient wisdom is unmistakably modern – a disturbing symptom of the social malaise he sets out to cure.
“Life in a Trailer Park in Florida” involved flower beds and socializing, according to this 1950s Tichnor linen postcard.

Home in a Can

When trailers offered a compact version of the American dream.
Walt Whitman (left) and his rebel soldier friend  Pete Doyle in Washington, D.C., 1865.

Fine Specimens

How Walt Whitman became the quintessential poet of disability and death.
A drone is used to spray sugar cane, one of many technological innovations in contemporary farming.

Agriculture Wars

On country music as a lens through which to trace the corporatization of American farming.
Saint Patrick's Day revelers stand outside a historic Irish pub in New York City (2004).

Why Irish America Is Not Evergreen

Thanks to federal immigration policies, immigration from Ireland has all but dried up.
Photographer Frank Schreider shows men from Timor island his camera in a 1962 issue of National Geographic.

National Geographic Has Always Depended on Exoticism

With its race issue, the magazine is trying a different direction. Can it escape its past?
George Sterling, Mary Austin, Jack London, and James Hopper sitting on a beach.

Bohemian Tragedy

The rise, fall, and afterlife of George Sterling’s California arts colony.
American novelist Willa Cather (1925).

Willa Cather, Pioneer

Willa Cather's life and work broke with the standards of her time.
Russ Oates fills out his 2018 NCAA March Madness bracket based on history departments.

The History Department Bracket Is Here and It Has Tenure

There isn’t much turnover with these selections.
 National Woman's Party activist Lucy Branham in prison costume, speaking at a prison special meeting, 1919.

The Raiment of Resistance

If women were going to be judged by their appearance, then the suffragists wanted to shape their own image.