Charlottesville and the Trouble with Civil War Hypotheticals
Only by the most specific, immediate definition can we consider the Confederacy to have lost the Civil War.
The New Yorker
August 16, 2017
Conservatives Say Campus Speech Is Under Threat. That’s Been True for Most of History.
There’s never been a golden age of free speech at American universities.
August 11, 2017
Who Tells America's Story? 'Hamilton,' Hip-Hop, and Me
How the hit musical allows those who have been left out of the story to claim the narrative of America as their own.
Marcella White Campbell
March 15, 2016
‘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