American schoolchildren perform the Bellamy salute in 1915.
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The Pledge of Allegiance's Creepy Past

Seventy-four years ago today, lawmakers passed an amendment to the U.S. Flag Code.
Martha Van Rensselaer and Flora Rose at a meeting of the League of Women Voters at the home of Eleanor Roosevelt in Hyde Park in the 1920s
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The Turn-of-the-Century Lesbians Who Founded The Field of Home Ec

Flora Rose and Martha Van Rensselaer lived in an open lesbian relationship and helped found the field of home economics.
Mavis Staples performs at The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris: An All Star Concert Celebration in Washington, DC (2015)

Mavis Staples on Prince, Trump, Black Lives Matter, and Her Exercise Regimen

Mavis Staples' lyrics span from the civil-rights-era to today's societal issues.
Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and T'Challa (Chadwick Boseman) face off in Black Panther

The Many Dimensions of Black Panther

The blockbuster refuses to flatten its characters into simple heroes or villains — and that's exactly what makes it so refreshing.
Uranium-rich ore sample from the Shinkolobwe Mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Searching for Wakanda

The African roots of the Black Panther story.
Artwork from Drexciya's 1997 album

Black Atlantis

Why do white people love Black Panther, just as they love Star Wars?
Dr. Jordan Peterson delivering a lecture at the University of Toronto in 2017.

Jordan Peterson & Fascist Mysticism

The bestselling guru's ancient wisdom is unmistakably modern – a disturbing symptom of the social malaise he sets out to cure.
“Life in a Trailer Park in Florida” involved flower beds and socializing, according to this 1950s Tichnor linen postcard.

Home in a Can

When trailers offered a compact version of the American dream.
Walt Whitman (left) and his rebel soldier friend  Pete Doyle in Washington, D.C., 1865.

Fine Specimens

How Walt Whitman became the quintessential poet of disability and death.
A drone is used to spray sugar cane, one of many technological innovations in contemporary farming.

Agriculture Wars

On country music as a lens through which to trace the corporatization of American farming.
Saint Patrick's Day revelers stand outside a historic Irish pub in New York City (2004).

Why Irish America Is Not Evergreen

Thanks to federal immigration policies, immigration from Ireland has all but dried up.
Photographer Frank Schreider shows men from Timor island his camera in a 1962 issue of National Geographic.

National Geographic Has Always Depended on Exoticism

With its race issue, the magazine is trying a different direction. Can it escape its past?