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.
Fair housing demonstration, Milwaukee, 1967.

White Milwaukee Lied to Itself for Decades, and in 1967 the Truth Came Out

When the Long Hot Summer came to Wisconsin, the reality of race relations was impossible to ignore.
Memphis sanitation workers protesting with National Guard behind them, March, 1968.

The Strike That Brought MLK to Memphis

In his final days, King stood by striking sanitation workers. We returned to the city to see what has changed—and what hasn’t.
Carleton E. Watkins, River View, Cathedral Rock, Yosemite, 1861.

Yosemite and the Future of the National Park

The Trump administration is working to undo one of the guiding principles of U.S. conservation.