The Story Behind the Poem on the Statue of Liberty

Why so many of the people who quote Emma Lazarus’s Petrarchan sonnet miss its true meaning.
Franklin in London, 1767, wearing a blue suit with elaborate gold braid and buttons.

Here's What Benjamin Franklin Scholars Think About Lin-Manuel Miranda's Ode to the Inventor

Fact-checking the lyrics of Miranda's new song.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is applauded at the 58th Grammy Awards, February 15, 2016.

A Hamilton Skeptic on Why the Show Isn’t As Revolutionary As It Seems

"It's still white history. And no amount of casting people of color disguises the fact that they're erasing people of color from the actual narrative."
Painting of Steve Jobs by Alan Magee, 1982.

Before Apple, Steve Jobs was an Acid-Gobbling, Horticulturalist Commune Dweller

The tech visionary had the good sense to part ways with the farm’s con man in command.
Stevie Nicks in concert with Fleetwood Mac, 1980, Zurich.

Wouldn’t You Love to Love Her?

A biography of Stevie Nicks does little to dispel the magic.
Civil rights activist Sidney Poitier supporting the Poor People's Campaign at Resurrection City, a shantytown set up by protestors in Washington, DC, May 1968.

What the Civil Rights Movement Has to Do With Denim

The history of blue jeans has been whitewashed.
Katharine Hepburn, an iconic tomboy, shooting a gun in 1935,

Tomboys Were a Trend 100 Years Ago, but Mostly to Bring Up the Birth Rate for White Babies

Fear of diminishing broodstock got the gals going outdoors.
A sign reading “I Am an American” outside a shop that was closed following an order for the evacuation of people of Japanese descent, in 1942.

When Immigrants Are No Longer Considered Americans

The history of immigrants in the U.S. teaches that no amount of assimilation will protect you when an alien requires conjuring.
Portrait of F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1937.

Borne Back Into the Past

Mike St. Thomas reviews ‘Paradise Lost: A Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald.'
A child clings to his mother after she turned themselves in to Border Patrol agents on December 7, 2015 near Rio Grande City, Texas.

Great Migration Debates: Keywords in Historical Perspective

The use of the word "immigrant" in contemporary debates often reflects a lack of understanding of U.S. immigration history.
Ad for Otis Redding's single

In Memory of Otis Redding and His Revolution

The legacy of the talented singer, songwriter, and producer who died at age twenty-six.
Flounced crinolines, shawls and lace for the summer of 1857. (July 1857)

How Hoop Skirts Actually Advanced Women's Rights

The difficult-to-wear skirt helped to break down class barriers.