An 1814 oil painting depicting the Atlantic slave trade, based on a 1788 original exhibited at the Royal Academy in London.

How Slavery Made the Modern Scotland

A new documentary lays bare just how central a role Scotland played in the slave trade.
A crop of Berenice Abbott's

How the Battle for Sunlight Shaped New York City

As the city reached for the sky, those down below had to scramble for daylight.
Guy Bradley, Florida's first bird warden, 1905.

The Most Dangerous Job: The Murder of America's First Bird Warden

His job was to protect the birds. But nobody was there to protect him.
Screened ambulances transported yellow fever cases to the hospital during the 1905 epidemic in New Orleans.

How Yellow Fever Turned New Orleans Into The 'City Of The Dead'

Some years the virus would wipe out a tenth of the population, earning New Orleans the nickname "Necropolis."
The map of Standard Time in 1913 showing temporal borders that zigzagged between cities with unclear boundaries in between.

When We Repealed Daylight Saving Time

Who sets the time? After the first repeal of Daylight Saving Time in 1919, the question only became harder to answer.
The supposedly haunted Morris-Jumel Mansion in the Washington Heights section of Manhattan, 2012.

The Haunting of a Heights House

Although its owner died in 1865, many visitors to the Morris-Jumel Mansion still come just to see her.
Convict-lease prisoners working construction at an undisclosed location in the late 19th century.

A School District Wants to Relocate the Bodies of 95 Black Forced-Labor Prisoners

A school district owns the property where the bodies of 95 black convict-lease prisoners from Jim Crow era were buried.
Johnny's Cathouse bar in Redding, California, 2009.

Confederate Pride and Prejudice

Some white Northerners see a flag rooted in racism as a symbol of patriotism.
Construction of the Federal Correctional Institution in Ray Brook, New York, just a few months after the 1980 Winter Olympics in nearby Lake Placid.

Prisons for Sale, Histories Not Included

The intertwined history of mass incarceration and environmentalism in Upstate New York's prison-building boom.
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Legends and Lore

A roadside marker program in New York State embraces the gray area between official history and local lore.
Dolly Parton at Dixie Stampede in Orlando, Fla., June 18, 2003.

Living with Dolly Parton

Asking difficult questions often comes at a cost.
Illinois Central Railroad freight cars at the South Water Street freight terminal in Chicago (1943).

Jack Delano's Color Photos of Chicago's Rail Yards in the 1940s

A handful of images from Chicago as it was some 75 years ago.