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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.
A painting of a Secotan Indian village in North Carolina (1585).

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.

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.
Prince, 1984.

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.
Ms. Magazine 1, No. 1. (July 1972)

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.

Juneteenth and Barbecue

The menu of Emancipation Day
Advertisement for the Barnum & Bailey Circus in 1900

The Circus Spectacular That Spawned American Giantism

How the “Greatest Show on Earth” enthralled small-town crowds and inspired shopping malls
Painting of Warren by John Singleton Copley.

The Woman Whose Words Inflamed the American Revolution

Mercy Otis Warren used her wit to agitate for independence.
The Miss Portland Diner in Portland, Maine
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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.
From Wonder Woman,

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.
Thicker lines indicate more content-sharing between 19th century newspapers.

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.
The men's clothing industry was one of the driving forces behind Father's Day.

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.