The Lilith Fair festival stage, at the Tweeter Center in Mansfield, MA, Sept. 22, 1998

The Oral History of Lilith Fair, As Told By the Women Who Lived It

It was a time when promoters were telling women in music: “You can’t put two women on the same bill. People won’t come.”
George Washington stands in front of a white horse.

The Founding Fathers Would Literally Bet on Anything

Our Founding Fathers—particularly those of a Southern persuasion—gambled not only on horses but pretty much everything else.
Boxer Jack Johnson in 1909.

Missed in Coverage of Jack Johnson, the Racism Around Him

The Times' coverage of Johnson, the first black boxer to win the heavyweight title, reveals racially coded attitudes.
President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton speak together sitting at a picnic table on the South Lawn of the White House on April 9, 2009.

An Illustrated History of the Picnic Table

On Memorial Day weekend, we celebrate an icon of vernacular design.
A Confederate flag is seen during a rally to show support for it.

Which Is the Real Confederate Flag?

How did the Confederacy come to be symbolized in the flag that roils American politics to this day?

A Timeline of Working-Class Sitcoms

Over the years, there have been surprisingly few of them.
Portrait double (twin) herma of Herodotus and Thucydides, archetype from 400-350 BC. Gallery of Classical Art in Hostinné.

This Is Where the Word 'History' Comes From

The word 'history' evolved from an ancient Greek verb, but its definition has changed over the years
Author of this piece takes a photo of 18th century British antislavery medallions on display at the Princeton University Art Museum.

Can Art Museums Help Illuminate Early American Connections To Slavery?

New labels at the Worcester Art Museum are drawing attention to the connections between art, slavery, and wealth in early America.
A Chinese restaurant stands open for business.

How The White Establishment Waged A 'War' On Chinese Restaurants In The U.S.

Chinese restaurants are now an American staple, but in the past some Americans tried to shut them down.
Meschrabpom's American Negro Film Group, including Langston Hughes, aboard S.S. Europa on June 17, 1932.

The Soviet Anthology of “Negro Poetry”

In the 1930s, Soviet leaders decided that black American authors could teach Russians “to write social poetry.”
An advertisement for the Ford Country Squire Station Wagon.

Ford Says Farewell

America’s most iconic automaker plans to drive almost all of their passenger sedans into the sunset by 2020.
The top spellers from Lake McBride School in 1961, who would represent the school in the upcoming county Spelling Bee.

The Word Is ‘Nemesis’: The Fight to Integrate the National Spelling Bee

For talented black spellers in the 1960s, the segregated local spelling bee was the beginning of the long road to Washington, D.C.