Dust circles a worker during the construction of the Hawks Nest Tunnel in Gauley Bridge, WV (1930).

Before Black Lung, the Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster Killed Hundreds

A forgotten example of the dangers of silica, the toxic dust behind the modern black lung epidemic in Appalachia.
A 1932 illustration by African-American artist Elmer Simms Campbell capturing the impact of Prohibition on Harlem's urbane nightlife culture.

How Prohibition Shaped Harlem

In 1932, a pioneering illustrator captured the way America’s ban on booze created a more urbane night life culture in Manhattan.
An 1855 portrait of Pedro Tovookan Parris.

Story of Paris Hill Man Connects Maine to ‘Complexities’ of Slave Trade

Torn from his family in Africa, Pedro Tovookan Parris spent the last years of his short life in rural Maine.
Fair housing demonstration, Milwaukee, 1967.

Martin Luther King Jr. and Milwaukee: 200 Nights and a Tragedy

King's visits to Milwaukee highlighted the extent to which the civil rights struggle was a national one.
Martin Luther King, Jr. leads civil rights marchers in singing and praying in front of real estate office on Chicago Southwest Side, Aug. 6, 1966.

The Longest March

In August 1966, the Chicago Freedom Movement, Martin Luther King’s campaign to break the grip of segregation, reached its violent culmination.
 A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Special Response Team officer walks along a border wall in San Diego, Nov. 25, 2018.

Bricks in the Wall

A timeline of border fortification, from 1945 to the Trump Era.
Wreckage of Boston's Commercial Street after the Great Molasses Flood of 1919 (Jan. 15, 1919).

The Great Molasses Flood of 1919: The Day Boston Was Swamped by a Deadly Wave

100 years ago, an enormous steel tank ruptured, sending a torrent of brown syrup on a deadly path through Boston's North End.
U.S. Air Force airmen install a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border east of San Luis, Arizona, October 3, 2006.

Pancho Villa, Prostitutes and Spies: The U.S.-Mexico Border Wall’s Wild Origins

President Trump's trip to the border Thursday to demand a $5.7 billion wall marks another chapter in the boundary's tortured history.
Yuma, Arizona, 1949.

Border Patrol - Our Oral History

A compilation of interviews with former U.S. Border Patrol officers who served from the 1930s-1960s.
Pages from “A Feeling of Freedom,” a pamphlet extolling virtues of living in Jonestown (c. 1977).

Jonestown’s Victims Have a Lesson to Teach Us, So I Listened

In uncovering the blackness of Peoples Temple, I began to better understand my community and the need to belong.
An interactive map of the United States (2015).

Foreign Born Population 1850-2010

An interactive map of immigrant populations in the United States.

As Goes the South, So Goes the Nation

History haunts, but Alabama changes.