Six Italian Immigrants From the Bronx Carved Some of the Nation’s Most Iconic Sculptures
The Lincoln Memorial, the NY Public Library lions, and the senate pediment of the US Capitol Building are among their creations.
July 31, 2018
How plastic bags came to rule our lives, and why we can’t quit them.
August 17, 2018
Podcasting the Past
Why historians should stop worrying and embrace the rise of history podcasts by non-scholars.
August 20, 2018
The Rare Women in the Rare-Book Trade
When most people hear the term rare books, they imagine an old boys’ club of dealers seeking out first editions, mostly by men.
The Paris Review
July 5, 2018
When Aretha Franklin’s ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ Drew a Torrent of Racial Abuse
Racist critics declared that Franklin ‘crucified’ the anthem at the 1968 Democratic National Convention.
The Daily Beast
August 17, 2018
The revival and hidden treasure of Aretha Franklin.
The New Yorker
April 4, 2016
How ‘Summer in the City’ Became the Soundtrack for Every City Summer
The dog days of 1966 were filled with riots, protests and a nation on edge. But in Greenwich Village, something new was happening.
New York Times
August 9, 2018
Aretha Franklin Was the Defining Voice of the 20th Century
No one else sang as well as her, and no other singer changed popular music as much as her.
August 16, 2018
Lady Soul Singing it Like It Is
In 1968, Time Magazine searched for the elusive definition of "soul."
June 28, 1968
An Outline of Over 200 Years of Silhouettes
The oldest object on view shows on brown paperboard one of the earliest known images of a slave in the U.S.
August 13, 2018
Being a Victorian Librarian Was Oh-So-Dangerous
In the late 19th century, more women were becoming librarians. Experts predicted they would suffer ill health and breakdowns.
August 7, 2018
Making the Movies Un-American
How Hollywood tried to fight fascism and ended up blacklisting suspected Communists.
The New Republic
July 3, 2018