Members of the New England Patriots kneel as the National Anthem is played before a game at Gillette Stadium on September 24, 2017.

Politics Has Always Had a Place in Football

The sport was not incidental to the doctrine of segregation. It was one of the pillars on which it rested.
Buffalo Bills players kneel during the national anthem before a game on September 24, 2017.

How the National Anthem Got Tangled Up With American Sports

Like most relationships, it’s complicated.
Earth, Wind & Fire perform during the 15th annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, March 6, 2000

The Song That Never Ends: Why Earth, Wind & Fire's 'September' Sustains

How the Earth, Wind & Fire hit "September" came into being, and why it continues to unite the generations on the dance floor.
A U.S. flag leans against the Vietnam War Memorial (November 11, 2010).

Ken Burns’s American War

The filmmaker wants ‘The Vietnam War’ to unite America. Can anyone do that under Trump?
'Nam Magazine Vol 1, No. 7. (Jan. 1989)

Comics Captured America's Growing Ambivalence About the Vietnam War

Comics were able to reflect changing views on the conflict in a way few other popular culture forms could.
Thomas Nast's famous illustration that places true emancipation and American identity in the home (1863).

When the Idea of Home Was Key to American Identity

From log cabins to Gilded Age mansions, how you lived determined where you belonged.
Ken Burns speaks onstage during the PBS portion of the 2017 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour in Beverly Hills (July 30, 2017).

The Insidious Ideology of Ken Burns’s The Vietnam War

Burns and co-director Lynn Novick take a "many sides" approach to history at a time when "many sides" is a tool of obfuscation.
KKK members in the 1930s.

William Bradford Huie’s “The Klansman” @50

With Donald Trump bringing the Ku Klux Klan back into the spotlight, we must return to William Bradford Huie's 1967 novel.

Guess Whether These Headlines Came From Breitbart or 1920s KKK Newspapers

Today's headlines evoke the the racist and hate filled headlines of KKK publications.
A jar of kombucha.

The Secret Queer History of Kombucha

Discover the unknown history of this fizzy, fermented drink.
Film poster for Gone with the Wind.

Yes, Gone With the Wind Is Another Neo-Confederate Monument

How the classic film helped promote a Reconstruction myth that was central to the maintenance of Jim Crow.

The Invention of Middle School

In the 1960s, one scholar writes, there was no grand vision behind the idea of a middle school. The problem that the model sought to solve was segregation.