‘Hamilton’ Is Known For Its Music, but What Did Alexander Hamilton Listen To?
Lin-Manuel Miranda and his collaborators largely chose not to include the real sounds of 18th-century America in their smash musical.
New York Times
August 11, 2017
Alexander Hamilton: Statesman, Dueler, Birthday Party Theme
Projected to earn $1 billion and earning Tony-Award glory, 'Hamilton' the musical is still going strong in backyards and classrooms across the country.
The Christian Science Monitor
August 9, 2017
When Nina Simone Sang What Everyone Was Thinking
“Mississippi Goddam” was an angry response to tragedy, in show tune form.
April 20, 2017
How 'OK' Took Over the World
It crops up in our speech dozens of times every day, although it apparently means little. So how did "OK" conquer the world?
February 18, 2011
The Rise of ‘Mama’
Like most cultural shifts in language, the rise of white, upper-middle class women who call themselves ‘mama’ seemed to happen slowly, and then all at once.
May 10, 2015
How "This Land Is Your Land" Went From Protest Song to Singalong
Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land” has lost a bit of its protest oomph—in part because of a decades-long denial of its later verses.
Mark Allan Jackson
June 15, 2017
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