One of only 20 known photos of

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.
Angelina Eberley fires off the cannon at the agents attempting to move the archives from her hometown of Austin.

The Fascinating Story of the Texas Archives War of 1842

The battle over where the papers of the Republic of Texas should reside reminds us of the politics of historical memory.
Tom Crosslin (L) and Rollie Rohm (R), who would both be killed by law enforcement officers on their farm in 2001.

Rainbow Farm: The Domestic Siege That Time Forgot

In 2001, two men were killed by the FBI at a farm in Michigan. Then, 9/11 happened.

Columbus Believed He Would Find ‘Blemmyes’ and ‘Sciapods’ – Not People – in the New World

Columbus wasn't unique in his belief that bizarre, monstrous humanoids inhabited the far reaches of the world.
Princeville, NC was originally founded as Freedom Hill in 1865. It has been destroyed by flooding nine times since 1800.

The Water Next Time?

For generations, a North Carolina town founded by former slaves has been disproportionately affected by environmental calamity.
Smoke billowing over Tulsa, Oklahoma during 1921 race riots (1921).

A White Mob Destroyed a Black Neighborhood in Tulsa. The City Wants to Find the Graves.

The mob attack has been called one of the worst instances of racial violence in American history.
Congress Springs Park in Saratoga Springs. (ca. 1900-1910)

Between War and Water: Saratoga Springs and Veteran Health after the First World War

The First World War prompted the politicization of nearly all aspects of American life.
The front page of the December 12, 1931 Afro-American covers the lynching of Matthew Williams in front of the Salisbury, MD courthouse.

How Small-Town Newspapers Ignored Local Lynchings

Sherilynn A. Ifill on justice (and its absence) in the 1930s.
Children bringing home remains of a bed. Coal mining camp, Scotts Run, West Virginia. (1938)

James M. Cain and the West Virginia Mine Wars

Sean Carswell looks into James M. Cain and his time reporting on the West Virginia Mine Wars.
Illustration entitled

Bringing a Dark Chapter to Light: Maryland Confronts Its Lynching Legacy

While lynching is most closely associated with former Confederate states, hundreds were committed elsewhere in the country.