Ken Burns’s American War
The filmmaker wants ‘The Vietnam War’ to unite America. Can anyone do that under Trump?
September 14, 2017
Comics Captured America's Growing Ambivalence About the Vietnam War
Comics were able to reflect changing views on the conflict in a way few other popular culture forms could.
September 20, 2017
When the Idea of Home Was Key to American Identity
From log cabins to Gilded Age mansions, how you lived determined where you belonged.
What It Means to Be American
September 11, 2017
The Insidious Ideology of Ken Burns’s The Vietnam War
Burns and co-director Lynn Novick take a "many sides" approach to history at a time when "many sides" is a tool of obfuscation.
The New Republic
September 19, 2017
William Bradford Huie’s “The Klansman” @50
With Donald Trump bringing the Ku Klux Klan back into the spotlight, we must return to William Bradford Huie's 1967 novel.
September 12, 2017
Guess Whether These Headlines Came From Breitbart or 1920s KKK Newspapers
Today's headlines evoke the the racist and hate filled headlines of KKK publications.
Peter A. Shulman
September 14, 2017
The Secret Queer History of Kombucha
Discover the unknown history of this fizzy, fermented drink.
August 23, 2017
Yes, Gone With the Wind Is Another Neo-Confederate Monument
How the classic film helped promote a Reconstruction myth that was central to the maintenance of Jim Crow.
New York Magazine
August 30, 2017
The Invention of Middle School
In the 1960s, one scholar writes, there was no grand vision behind the idea of a middle school. The problem that the model sought to solve was segregation.
Paul S. George
August 29, 2017
The Fake-News Fallacy
Old fights about radio have lessons for new fights about the Internet.
The New Yorker
September 4, 2017
Spectacle of Hate
From cross-dressing to white robes to Tiki torches, what we can learn from white supremacists’ long history of carefully cultivating their own aesthetic.
August 17, 2017
When ‘Free Speech’ Becomes a Political Weapon
What we can learn from liberal anti-communists.
Made by History
August 22, 2017