In this visualization of immigration data, each

A New Way of Seeing 200 Years of American Immigration

To depict how waves of immigrants shaped the United States, a team of designers looked to nature as a model.
Father and son buried in Booker T. Washington Cemetery, located across the Mississippi River from St. Louis in southern Illinois (2018).

I Went in Search of Abandoned African-American Cemeteries

I found a couple, and some fascinating history, too.
A police officer at the scene of the school shooting in Indiana (2018).

Before Parkland, Santa Fe and Columbine…There Was Concord High

In 1985, a 16-year-old dropout showed up to school with a shotgun. Everyone said it was just a fluke.
Tule Lake Segregation Center (ca. 1945).

The Disputed Second Life of an American Internment Camp

A debate over a planned fence around the site where people of Japanese ancestry, mostly American citizens, were forcibly interned.
A doctor's note written for Winston Churchill, allowing him to drink alcohol during Prohibition (1932).

Winston Churchill Gets a Doctor’s Note to Drink “Unlimited” Alcohol in Prohibition America

Even Winston Churchill needed a doctor's excuse to get out of Prohibition.
Male prisoners at work at Parchman Penal Farm (1911).

Documenting ‘Slavery by Another Name’ in Texas

An African-American burial ground recently unearthed reveals details about an ugly chapter in the history of the American South.
A portable irrigation unit in a bean field on Starkey Farms in Morrisville, Pennsylvania (1941).

The Value of Farmland: Rural Gentrification and the Movement to Stop Sprawl

Rapidly rising metropolitan land value can mean "striking gold" for some landowners while threatening the livelihood of others.
The old courthouse at the Monroe County Heritage Museum in Monroeville, home to Harper Lee.

In the Hate of Dixie

Cynthia Tucker returns to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama – also the hometown of Harper Lee, and the site of 17 lynchings.
National Memorial for Peace and Justice.

The View from Cottage Hill

History bleeds in Montgomery, Alabama.
Unemployed miners in West Virginia attending a meeting of the Workers Alliance Council of Scott’s Run (1937).

Appalachian Whiteness: A History that Never Existed

The “fetishization” of Appalachia’s supposed racial and ethnic purity and Trump's proposal to end birthright citizenship.
A photo of the Lower Manhattan skyline in 1910.

Immaculately Restored Film Lets You Revisit Life in New York City in 1911

Other than one or two of the world's supercentenarians, nobody remembers New York in 1911.
Children playing in an empty lot (ca. 1939).

Helen Levitt's New York in Pictures

Helen Levitt's influential urban photography depicts a time both far away and familiar.