First Slavery, Then a Chemical Plant and Cancer Deaths: One Town's Brutal History

Long before Reserve, Louisiana was home to a chemical plant and riddled with cancer, it suffered the deprivations of enslavement.
An 1831 woodcut depicts Nat Turner's slave rebellion.

Nat Turner's Slave Rebellion Ruins Are Disappearing in Virginia

Across Virginia, the landscape of slavery is fading as some work to preserve what is left.

The View from the Middle of Everything

Dispatches From Flatville, Illinois.
The East LA Tamale Restaurant was built in the early 1900s.

Racism and Politics Forced LA’s Old Mexican Restaurants to Call Themselves ‘Spanish’

The city’s campaign of whitewashing dates to the 1800s.
Corn-feeding cattle in central Illinois in the 1870s.

Dismantling the Myth of ‘The Heartland’

A new book explodes conventional ideas about the Midwest as America’s “insulated core.”
Students demonstrate in New York City during a one-day school boycott to protest racial imbalance in the public school system, Feb. 3, 1964.

Segregation Has Been the Story of New York City’s Schools for 50 Years

Low black and Hispanic enrollment at Stuyvesant High School has reignited a debate about how to finally integrate the city’s schools.
A rendering of “Our Destiny, Our Democracy,” a monument to Shirley Chisholm designed by Amanda Williams and Olalekan Jeyifous.

The Shirley Chisholm Monument in Brooklyn Finds Its Designers

Amanda Williams and Olalekan Jeyifous re-evaluate what a public memorial can be.
Mexican quarter of Los Angeles, one-quarter mile from City Hall. Photo by Dorothea Lange, 1936.

Mass Incarceration Didn't Start with the War on Crime

A review of "City of Inmates" by Kelly Lytle Hernández.
Edward O.C. Ord and William Rich Hutton's 'Plan de la Ciudad de Los Angeles' (1849).

Willful Waters

Los Angeles and its river have long been enmeshed in an epic struggle for control.
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How Florida Got Its Name

506 years ago, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León landed in what he christened "Florida."
Students at East Junior High School in Braintree, Mass., on Sept. 8, 1966.

The Utter Inadequacy of America’s Efforts to Desegregate Schools

In 1966, a group of Boston-area parents and administrators created a busing program called METCO to help desegregate schools.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Flagler (right) and George W. Allen on the back of Flagler's private car on first train to Key West on January 22, 1912.

How Slave Labor Built the State of Florida—Decades After the Civil War

Behind the whitewashed history of the Sunshine State.