The Historical Roots of Blues Music

The blues is not "slave music," but the music of freed African Americans.
The female senators of the 110th U.S. Congress (2007).

Why Women Couldn’t Wear Pants on the Senate Floor Until 1993

Two political pioneers staged a "Pantsuit Revolution."
The Hutchinson Family Singers in 1845.

How The Hutchinson Family Singers Achieved Pop Stardom with an Anti-Slavery Anthem

"Get Off the Track!" borrowed the melody of a racist hit song and helped give a public voice to the abolitionist movement.
A map of Wyoming, with the locations of both Sheridan and Gillette marked.

The Old West’s Muslim Tamale King

How a South Asian immigrant became a Wyoming fast-food legend and received American citizenship - twice.
A replica of the house from

Little Government in the Big Woods

Melissa Gilbert's lost bid for Congress and the forgotten political history of 'Little House on the Prairie.'
A cartoon by Frederick Opper of a hand extending from a window of the Puck building, writing the artist's signature (ca. 1881-1899).

The Digital Age Killed Cursive, But It Can't Kill the Signature

Signatures are a mark of authenticity.
Image from

Prison Cells and Pretty Walls

Gender coding and American schools.
A still from

“A Public Menace”

How the fight to ban "The Birth of a Nation" shaped the nascent civil rights movement.
A worker makes adjustments on a billboard stating 'Choose Happy Today,' along Interstate 77 in South Carolina.

The Call of the Billboard

The roadside battle for people’s attention has been raging for more than a century.
Part of an advertisement the American Federation of Musicians placed in the magazine The Nation, December 18, 1929.

The Invasion of Musical Robots, 1929

The rise of recorded music left many musicians fearful of a takeover by "canned music."
A microwave.

What’s in Your Microwave Oven?

Everything has a history - including the microwave oven.
An anti-semitic cartoon from Judge magazine, 1892.

Donald Trump, Jews and the Myth of Race

Until the 1940s, Jews in America were considered a separate race. Their journey to whiteness has important lessons.