The Environmental Roots of Jim Crow in Coastal South Carolina
On the origins of the Lost Cause of the Lowcountry.
Environmental History Now
September 13, 2018
Hurricane Florence and the Displacement of African-Americans Along the Carolina Coast
Some of the wealthiest towns in the hurricane’s path were once home to African-Americans seeking freedom from the Jim Crow South.
New York Times
September 13, 2018
The Wild Alaskan Island That Inspired a Lost Classic
A century later, “Quiet Adventure in Alaska” still sounds pretty good.
August 28, 2018
The First Floridians
In St. Augustine lie the ruins of Fort Mose, built in 1738 as the first free black settlement in what would become the United States.
The Bitter Southerner
September 3, 2018
Irish tattoos in 1860s New York.
Irish in the American Civil War
May 23, 2018
The Legendary Language of the Appalachian "Holler"
Is the unique dialect a vestige of Elizabethan England? Left over from Scots-Irish immigrants? Or something else altogether?
August 8, 2018
From Food Deserts to Supermarket Redlining
Connecting the dots between discriminatory housing policies in the 1930s and urban food insecurity today.
August 14, 2018
“The Town Was Us”
How the New England town became the mythical landscape of American democracy.
Garrett Dash Nelson
July 1, 2018
The City Born in a Day
The bizarre origin story of the surprisingly exceptional Oklahoma City, in a government-sanctioned raid called the Land Run.
August 17, 2018
White Nationalists Held a Race Rally in Charlottesville. The Location Was No Coincidence.
The region was at the epicenter of eugenic policy-making in the first half of the 20th century.
Frederick Coye Heard
August 13, 2018
There Goes the Neighborhood
The Obama library lands on Chicago.
July 1, 2015
Emperor of Concrete
A 1974 review of Robert Caro's "The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York."
New York Review of Books
October 17, 1974