Unite the Right Rally in front of a statue of Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, VA.

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.
Demonstrators at the University Of Chicago

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.
Cast of Hamilton perform at 'Hamilton' Broadway Opening Night on August 6, 201

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.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and cast of 'Hamilton' performs on stage during 'Hamilton'.

‘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.
Lin-Manuel Miranda on Broadway

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.
Portrait of Nina Simone.

When Nina Simone Sang What Everyone Was Thinking

“Mississippi Goddam” was an angry response to tragedy, in show tune form.

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?

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.
Woody Guthrie, 1943.

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.

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.
A painting of a Secotan Indian village in North Carolina (1585).

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.

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.