Egg collectors on South Farallon Island.

When California Went to War Over Eggs

As the Gold Rush brought more settlers to San Francisco, battles erupted over the egg yolks of a remote seabird colony.
Row of houses in an suburban neighborhood, circa 1950s.

Welcome to the Radical Suburbs

We all know the stereotypes. But what about the suburbs of utopians and renegades?
Double-O-Arch in Arches National Park.

What Does Gender Have to Do with the Desert?

"Everything, of course."
The National Biscuit Company building on 5th St. & 10th Ave. in New York City (ca. 1913).

The Factory That Oreos Built

A new owner for the New York City landmark offers a tasty opportunity to recap a crème-filled history.
Artist's recreation of downtown Cahokia, with Monk's Mound at its center.

Finding North America’s Lost Medieval City

Cahokia was bigger than Paris — then it was completely abandoned. I went there to find out why.
Montreal's 1923 streetcar system redesigned.

Historical Public Transit Systems vs. Their Modern Equivalents

Interactive maps of public transit, then and now.
John Johnson.

The Keeper of the Secret

After decades of silence, one man pursues accountability, apologies and the meaning of racial reconciliation.
Hundreds of stampeders’ tents on the Tr’ochëk site and the west bank of the Klondike River (1898).

Historical Mining and Contemporary Conflict: Lessons from the Klondike

The local indigenous population was most affected by environmental change resulting from mining in the Klondike.
A map of Mexico before it ceded much of its northern territory to the United States (1847).

What if Mexico Still Included California, Nevada and Texas?

A photographer followed Mexico’s old northern border to meet families who've lived in the area, now in the U.S., for centuries.
Labor organizer and activist Mother Jones, ca. 1910-1915.

Appalachian Women Fought for Workers Long Before They Fought for Jobs

Two new books recount the leading role women have played in Appalachian social justice movements.
New York City skyline (2013).

What New York Was Like in the Early ’80s — Hour by Hour

Kim Gordon, Larry Gagosian, Nile Rodgers, Samuel L. Jackson, and many others revisit their wild nights and disjointed days.
Police officers arrest a Chicano student protester in Boyle Heights (1968).

Photographer George Rodriguez Has Chronicled L.A. in All of Its Glamour and Grit

Rodriguez has captured celebrities in repose and farmworkers on strike.