The Secret Gay Business Network of Midcentury America
In the 1940s and 50s, a life of business travel represented a sense of freedom for gay men that would have been impossible in earlier decades.
June 21, 2017
Painting the New World
Benjamin Breen examines the importance of John White's sketches of the Algonkin people and the art's relation to the Lost Colony.
The Public Domain Review
April 24, 2012
Southern History, Deep Fried
John T. Edge's "The Potlikker Papers" looks at multiculturalism, conflict, and civil rights in the American South—all through the history of the region's food.
Casey N. Cep
The New Republic
May 26, 2017
Prince's Epic 'Purple Rain' Tour: An Oral History
Members of the Revolution look back on Prince's massive, awe-inspiring 'Purple Rain' tour in our exclusive oral history.
June 22, 2017
How a Magazine Cover From the '70s Helped Wonder Woman Win Over Feminists
Nearly 45 years after they put the female superhero on the cover of Ms. magazine's first issue, the players behind the cover consider its impact.
June 21, 2017
Juneteenth and Barbecue
The menu of Emancipation Day
June 16, 2015
The Circus Spectacular That Spawned American Giantism
How the “Greatest Show on Earth” enthralled small-town crowds and inspired shopping malls
Janet M. Davis
What It Means to Be American
March 17, 2017
The Woman Whose Words Inflamed the American Revolution
Mercy Otis Warren used her wit to agitate for independence.
June 20, 2017
The Making of the American Diner
Today's diners would surprise a 1940s patron. These restaurants were once vulgar boy’s clubs before becoming today's family-friendly establishments.
June 17, 2017
The Surprising Origin Story of Wonder Woman
The history of the comic-book superhero's creation seven decades ago has been hidden away — until now.
October 1, 2014
Here's How Memes Went Viral - In the 1800s
The Infectious Texts project is the compilation of 41,829 issues of 132 newspapers from the Library of Congress.
November 4, 2013
Buying Your Dad a Gift Is Why Father's Day Exists
Buying a necktie for your dad is a stereotypical way to celebrate Father's Day, but it's in keeping with the holiday's history.
June 15, 2017