A U.S. flag leans against the Vietnam War Memorial (November 11, 2010).

Ken Burns’s American War

The filmmaker wants ‘The Vietnam War’ to unite America. Can anyone do that under Trump?
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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.
Thomas Nast's famous illustration that places true emancipation and American identity in the home (1863).

When the Idea of Home Was Key to American Identity

From log cabins to Gilded Age mansions, how you lived determined where you belonged.
Ken Burns speaks onstage during the PBS portion of the 2017 Summer Television Critics Association Press Tour in Beverly Hills (July 30, 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.
KKK members in the 1930s.

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.

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.
A jar of kombucha.

The Secret Queer History of Kombucha

Discover the unknown history of this fizzy, fermented drink.
Film poster for Gone with the Wind.

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.
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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.
Orson Welles performs H.G. Wells'

The Fake-News Fallacy

Old fights about radio have lessons for new fights about the Internet.
This Ku Klux Klan mask (c. 1870) belonged to Colonel John Campbell Van Hook Jr, of Person County, North Carolina.

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.
An alt-right rally attendee is confronted by a counter protester during a protest in Berkeley, Ca.

When ‘Free Speech’ Becomes a Political Weapon

What we can learn from liberal anti-communists.