John Darby (L) and Jack Bird (R) hold hands during an interview at their home in San Francisco, California on May 02, 2013. The couple has been together 59 years. (2013)

The Partners of Greenwich Village

Did the census recognize gay couples in 1940?
An enslaved woman known only as

Historians Detail Charleston's Role in the Antebellum Market for Wet Nurses

Enslaved wet nurses were a valued purchase in the antebellum South.
An image of the Colfax massacre published in

The Colfax Riot

Stumbling on a forgotten Reconstruction tragedy, in a forgotten corner of Louisiana.
Cabin of Rex Beach, Rampart, Alaska.

Fannie Quigley, the Alaska Gold Rush's All-in-One Miner, Hunter, Brewer, and Cook

She used mine shafts as a beer fridge and shot bears to get lard for pie crusts.
An advertisement designed and illustrated by Dr. Seuss for Flit. Released between 1930 and 1940.

When the Wild Imagination of Dr. Seuss Fueled Big Oil

Geisel did not begin his career writing children stories, but selling products.
President Reagan meeting with Lee Atwater, who is famous for articulating the racist undertones to the new Southern Strategy, in the oval office. (1983)

Lee Atwater’s Infamous 1981 Interview on the Southern Strategy

The 42 minute recording, acquired by James Carter IV, confirms Atwater’s incendiary remarks and places them in context.
A photograph of Sylvia Plath

The Mystery of Sylvia Plath's Lost Novel

Sylvia Plath started writing 'Double Exposure,' a fictionalized autobiography about an artist who discovers her husband has cheated on her. Then the novel went missing.
The Jack Daniel's whiskey logo.

When Jack Daniel’s Failed to Honor a Slave, an Author Rewrote History

The whiskey maker backed away from a promise to acknowledge its debt to a black distiller — until Fawn Weaver swooped into town and took up the cause.
De Bow's Review Monthly from November, 1867.

'The Fatal Deadfall of Abolition'

Threatening the newly-freed Southern slaves.
Site of the historic Powder Alarm in Somerville, Massachusetts.

From Boston's Resistance to an American Revolution

How a Boston rebellion became an American Revolution is a story too seldom told because it is one we take for granted.
Sojourner Truth, 1864.

Compare the Two Versions of Sojourner Truth's “Ain’t I a Woman” Speech

Why is there more than one version of the famous 1851 speech?
An 1844 portrait of John Quincy Adams by William Hudson Jr.

John Quincy Adams Kept a Diary and Didn’t Skimp on the Details

On the occasion of his 250th birthday, the making of our sixth president in his own words.