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

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.
Air Drop Of Supplies In Operation Junction City

Vietnam '67

Historians, veterans and journalists recall 1967 in Vietnam, a year that changed the war and changed America.
Graphs display the progression of colored sweaters Fred 'Mister' Rogers, the host of

Every Color Of Cardigan Mister Rogers Wore From 1979–2001

Fred Rogers dedicated his time to educating children while also displaying an impressive collection of sweaters.
Henry David Thoreau in 1956.

Thoreau: A Radical for All Seasons

The surprising persistence of Henry David Thoreau.
Plate of traditional Southern food.

The Hidden Radicalism of Southern Food

By starting a community farm and a pig co-op, Fannie Lou Hamer pointed the way toward food sovereignty.
Map of the 1858 Atlantic Cable route

The New World Order

The 1850s were a turning point for globalization, from telegraphs to colonization.
The album cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band by The Beatles.

Sgt. Pepper Came Out 50 Years Ago This Week. The Timing Was As Perfect As the Album.

The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper at the exact moment that the world was ready to take a rock album seriously as art.