How White Settlers Buried the Truth About the Midwest's Mysterious Mounds

Pioneers and early archeologists preferred to credit distant civilizations, not Native Americans, with building these cities.
Robert E Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Stonewall Jackson make up the massive Confederate monument sculpted in granite rock on Stone Mountain, Atlanta, Georgia.

Reclaiming Stone Mountain From the Alt-Right

How Stone Mountain could become a battlefield where neo-Confederates from across the country make their last stand.
Portrait of Frederick Douglass, 1879.

Frederick Douglass, Real Estate Developer

Frederick Douglas had another, lesser known, impact on Baltimore.
The assassination of President James Garfield in a Washington, D.C. train depot.

Why Doesn't Garfield Assassination Site on the National Mall Have a Marker?

A new campaign by historians seeks to bring recognition to the site where the 20th president was shot.
Drawing of the Pennsylvania State House (Independence Hall), from a 1752 map of Philadelphia.

Amazon or Independence Hall? Development vs. Preservation in the City of Philadelphia

A history of Independence Hall offers an example of how old buildings and open spaces are not always ripe sites for development.

Taking a Knee and Taking Down a Monument

The struggle over Shreveport's Confederate monument converges with talk about a national anthem protest by high-schoolers.
Northwest view of Fort Negley depicted in a drawing from 1864.

A Monument the Old South Would Like to Ignore

The debate over the fate of Nashville’s Fort Negley tests the traditional Southern argument for preserving history.

Even the Dead Could Not Stay

An illustrated history of urban renewal in Roanoke, Virginia.
A view of the Big Sur coast in California, including the Bixby bridge, 2008.

Shouldn’t You Be in California?

The western frontiers of national wellness culture.
Broadway and West 34th Street, New York City, 1921.


Mapping historical photos from the New York Pubic Library.
The Roland Park Company's magazine, 1928.

How to Build a Segregated City 

How can adjacent neighborhoods in the same city be so drastically unequal?
The Hermitage Plantation ca. 1900, including the dwellings of two families who were among 201 enslaved people working the nearly 400-acre estate. The Hermitage was built in 1850, and demolished in 1935.

Encountering the Plantation Myth Where You'd Least Expect It

Well off Savannah's tourist trail, there's a replica of an antebellum plantation home in the middle of a public housing project.