American dancer Ruth St. Denis teaches a “yoga class” at the Denishawn school in Los Angeles (1915)

5 Facts That Help Us Understand the World of Early American Yoga

100 years ago, it was associated more with the mystical practices of the Orient than with middle-class women in stretchy pants.
Portrait of Zora Neale Hurston (c. 1940).

Zora Neale Hurston: “A Genius of the South”

John W. W. Zeiser reviews Peter Bagge's graphic biography "Fire!! The Zora Neale Hurston Story."
Screenshot of John Wayne from the trailer for

How John Wayne Became a Hollow Masculine Icon

The actor’s persona was inextricable from the toxic culture of Cold War machismo.
1894 portrait of former slave Harriet Ann Jacobs, author of

Why A 19th Century American Slave Memoir Is Becoming A Bestseller In Japan's Bookstores

Why "Incidents In The Life Of A Slave Girl" by Harriet Ann Jacobs (1861), became a hit in Japan when it was published there in 2013.
An image from a 1957 edition of Yash Iz Geforn (

The Magic Mountain of Yiddish

Jacob Glatstein’s 1930s Yiddish novel ‘Homecoming at Twilight’ foresaw the coming doom.
Mark Twain and Dorothy Quick (1907)

Mark Twain’s Disturbing Passion for Collecting Young Girls

In his later years, the famous writer surrounded himself with a bevy of adoring adolescents.
The sea chanty choir

He Sings Sea Songs By The Sea Shore

What should we do with the cosplay sailor?
Publicity still of Woody Allen for film, Take the Money and Run (1969)

What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?

One film fan's struggle to reconcile the things she loves with the things she knows to be true.
L-R: Jon, Gwen, Michelle (Courtesy of Jon; Markus Werner; Tommy Dog Prinz)

The Kids Of Bowery's Hardcore 'Matinee,' Then And Now

Drew Carolan captured the mien of a subculture centered on midafternoon expressions of anger and community.
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The Modern Invention of Thanksgiving

The holiday emerged not from the 17th century, but rather from concerns over immigration and urbanization in the 19th century.
Thanksgiving turkey (circa 1910-1915)
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American as Pumpkin Pie

Why Pilgrims would be stunned by our "traditional" Thanksgiving table, and other surprising truths about the invention of our national holiday.
Caroline and Charles Ingalls, parents of Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Little House, Small Government

How Laura Ingalls Wilder’s frontier vision of freedom and survival lives on in Trump’s America.