A couple at Niagara Falls, around 1858

Falling for Niagara Falls

How did Niagara Falls become the Honeymoon Capital of the World?
William McKinley statue in St. James Park of San Jose, California.

Statues Offensive To Native Americans Are Poised To Topple Across The U.S.

No other city has taken down a monument to a president for his misdeeds, but Arcata is poised to do just that with a statue of William McKinley.
Areas marked in red were off limits to Soviets in the U.S. as of November 11, 1957.

Russians Were Once Banned From a Third of the U.S.

Soviet ban? What Soviet ban?
First Ellis Island Immigrant Station, opened on January 1, 1892. Built of wood, it was completely destroyed by fire on June 15, 1897.

The Curious History of Ellis Island

Ellis Island celebrates its 125th anniversary as the federal immigration depot.
<em>The Illustrated London News</em> depicted the riots in 1863

Race and Labor in the 1863 New York City Draft Riots

What sparked one of the deadliest insurrections in American history?
The St. Denis Hotel on Broadway and 11th Street in New York City, sometime between 1876 and 1914.

The Death and Life of a Great American Building

Longtime tenant in the 165-year-old St. Denis building in New York City reflects on the building's history.
A boy walks across a dirt street in Biloxi, Mississippi. As of January 2016, Mississippi was the poorest state in the country (January 3, 2016).

How Poverty and Racism Persist in Mississippi

Author Jesmyn Ward on the racism “built into the bones” of the state where she grew up and is choosing to raise her children.
New York's Penn Station, 1933. Its destruction in 1963 is considered a catalyst for modern historical preservation efforts.

Protecting Places: Historic Preservation and Public Broadcasting

An collection of audio and video recordings that document Americans' efforts to preserve historic structures.
Chinese grocery in Leland, Mississippi, 1939.

Neither Black Nor White in the Mississippi Delta

Two photographers document a community of Chinese-Americans in the birthplace of the blues.
Aerial photograph of flood, unidentified stretch of lower Mississippi River, 1927.

A Devastating Mississippi River Flood That Uprooted America's Faith in Progress

The 1927 disaster exposed a country divided by stereotypes, united by modernity.
A coal miner with his family in Bertha Hill, West Virginia, 1938.

These Photos Will Change the Way You Think About Race in Coal Country

The myth that Appalachia is uniformly White lingers, but communities of “Affrilachians” were documented in the 1930s.
Carte de l'Amérique septentrionale, 1754.

Paddling Down 'Disappointment River'

Revisiting the arduous path of 18th-century fur trader Alexander Mackenzie.