The Music I Love Is a Racial Minefield
How I learned to fiddle my way through America's deeply troubling history.
December 21, 2017
Naughty & Nice: A History of the Holiday Season
Tracing the evolution of Christmas from a drunken carnival to the peaceful, family-oriented, consumeristic ritual we celebrate today.
December 26, 2014
A Brief History of the Holiday Card
Americans purchase approximately 1.6 billion holiday cards a year. Why is this tradition so popular?
Ellen F Brown
December 20, 2015
In World War II America, Female Santas Took the Reins
Rosie the Riveter wasn’t the only woman who pitched in on the homefront.
December 18, 2017
A Plea to Resurrect the Christmas Tradition of Telling Ghost Stories
Though the practice is now more associated with Halloween, spooking out your family is well within the Christmas spirit.
December 15, 2017
“Jingle Bells” History Takes Surprising Turn
A researcher in Boston discovers that the beloved Christmas favorite was first performed in a Boston minstrel hall.
December 8, 2016
The Journalist Who Understood The True Meaning Of Christmas
“Yes, Virginia” is the most reprinted newspaper piece in American history, and this guy wrote it.
December 16, 2016
‘Little House on the Prairie’ and the Truth About the American West
How a homesteading failure was transformed into a parable about the failures of big government.
Patricia Nelson Limerick
New York Times
November 20, 2017
#MeToo? In 80 years, No American Woman Has Won Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ by Herself
The history of Time's 'Person of the Year' exemplifies the problem that led to this year's winner.
December 6, 2017
Board Games Were Indoctrination Tools for Christ, Then Capitalism
The very weird tale of how American board games used to teach you how to get to heaven, and later, how to make bank.
November 30, 2017
The Cruel Truth About Rock And Roll
A lifelong fan reflects on how sexual exploitation is part of rock's DNA.
July 15, 2015
Nativism, Violence, and the Origins of the Paranoid Style
How a lurid 19th-century memoir of sexual abuse produced one of the ugliest features of American politics.
March 22, 2017