Renewing Inequality

An interactive set of maps documenting the more than 300,000 families displaced by urban renewal projects between 1955 and 1966.
A stained glass window given by the people of Wales to the 16th St. Baptist Church in Birmingham following the 1963 bombing there.

The Bombs, the Church, the City, the State

What was Alabama back then? And what is Alabama right now?
Robert E Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Stonewall Jackson make up the massive Confederate monument sculpted in granite rock on Stone Mountain, Atlanta, Georgia.

The Painful History of a Confederate Monument Tells Itself

Haunting archival footage of Stone Mountain's creation.
The statue of Confederate General Robert E. Lee stands in the center of the renamed Emancipation Park in Charlottesville, Virginia (2017).

The Fight Over Virginia’s Confederate Monuments

How the state’s past spurred a racial reckoning.
Christmas decorations illuminate a house as the Thomas Fire advances toward Santa Barbara County seaside communities on December 10, 2017 in Carpinteria, California.

Southern California’s Uncanny, Inevitable Yuletide Fires

Who or what is causing these outbreaks? There are two schools of thought.
HOLC security map of Philadelphia showing redlining of minority neighborhoods, 1937.

How Redlining Segregated Philadelphia

Decades after civil rights laws overruled policies that starved non-white neighborhoods of investment, deep disparities linger.
Democratic Share of Vote in Regions, States, and Counties.

America's 'Big Sort' Is Only Getting Bigger

Political polarization in the U.S. mirrors its spatial divide.
“This is an after-after-hours club that was right across from the Film Forum. This place stayed open from like five in the morning to five in the afternoon. It was where you went after the big S&M clubs — Anvil, Hellfire — in the Meatpacking District closed.

Old New York, Seen Through a Cab Driver’s Windshield

The people Joseph Rodriguez saw through the windshield in the 1970s and 80s.
The U.S. Army Motor Transport Corps in east Wyoming during its 1919 cross-country journey.

In 1919 Eisenhower Road Tripped Across the Country. It Didn't Go Well.

300 men and 3,000 miles of bad road.

The Princeton & Slavery Project

A vast, interactive collection of resources related to Princeton's involvement with the institution of slavery.
Map showing the distribution of the slave population of the southern states of the United States. Compiled from the census of 1860.

These Maps Reveal How Slavery Expanded Across the United States

As the hunger for more farmland stretched west, so too did the demand for enslaved labor.
Battle of Liberty Place monument in its original location on Canal Street in 1906.

Why the New Orleans Vote on Confederate Monuments Matters

The city council decides to remove four memorials that offered a distorted picture of the city’s past.