Women participating in a physical education class at the University of Southern California (circa 1920).

The Physical Education of Women is Fraught With Issues of Body, Sexuality, and Gender

A new book, ‘Active Bodies,’ explores the history.
Jackie Robinson joins a picket line in Cleveland, Ohio, to protest discrimination against blacks at southern lunch counters, 1960.

Before Trump vs. the NFL, There was Jackie Robinson vs. JFK

Years after he integrated the MLB, Robinson publicly badgered John F. Kennedy on civil rights.
Charles Lucas and Iris Hall in a scene from Oscar Micheaux's

Who Was the Most Prolific Black Filmmaker of the Silent Film Era?

Who was the most prolific African American filmmaker of the silent film era? That’s a question that has us asking, “were there any?”

All 89 Best Picture Oscar Winners Ranked

From the meh (A Beautiful Mind) to the stunningly beautiful (Moonlight), and the classic (All About Eve) to the god-awful (Birdman).
President Nixon meets with Sammy Davis, Jr. to discuss the administration’s program to control drug abuse, July 1, 1971.

Hollywood Has Always Been Political. And it Hasn’t Always Been Liberal.

Conservatives have used celebrity glitz effectively, too.
Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing.

In the Dark All Katz Are Grey: Notes on Jewish Nostalgia

Searching for where I belong, I find myself cobbling together a mongrel Judaism—half-remembered and contradictory and all mine.
A small, tabletop aluminum Christmas tree.

Christmas in the Space Age: Looking Back at the Wild Designs of Mid-20th-Century Holidays

There are two critical periods for Christmas. One is the Victorian era. The other is the 1960s.
The Oregon Country Fair, 2005.

Playing Indian

How a fight over Native American symbolism in Oregon brought to light the conflict at America's core.
Francis Scott Key on boat, with arm stretched out toward the United States flag flying over Baltimore's Fort McHenry. Painting by Percy Moran, c. 1913.

Patriotism, Partisanship, and “The Star-Spangled Banner”: A View from the Early Republic

Music continues to hold an allure for elites seeking to politicize patriotism in support of their privilege.
Public Enemy in Los Angeles, 1988.

The Year That Changed Hip-Hop Forever

Stereo Williams takes a look back at 1988, a year that established the blueprint for the next thirty years of hip-hop.
President Richard Nixon on stage with Merle Haggard, during a performance at the White House on March 17, 1973.

How Country Music Went Conservative

Country music is assumed to be the soundtrack of the Republican Party. But it wasn't always that way.

Can the World’s Biggest Dictionary Survive the Internet?

The costs of achieving the centuries-old lexicographical dream of capturing the entire English language.