Children playing in an empty lot (ca. 1939).

Helen Levitt's New York in Pictures

Helen Levitt's influential urban photography depicts a time both far away and familiar.
U.S. Air Force airmen install a fence along the U.S.-Mexico border east of San Luis, Arizona, October 3, 2006.

Fracturing Landscapes: A History of Fences on the U.S.-Mexico Divide

History tells us that Trump's proposed wall will not work, and that it will do more damage than good.
The Rim Fire in the Stanislaus National Forest near in California, 2013.

California Wildfires Have Been Fought by Prisoners Since World War II

The war had turned forestry work into a form of civil defense, and prisoners a new army on the home front.

U.S. Population Growth by State (1900-2017)

The population of every state, visualized like a horse race.
Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) Fire Control of the 1935 Malibu Fire (1935).

Let Malibu Burn

A political history of the Fire Coast.
An early map of Florida, based on Hernando de Soto's expeditions.

A Terraqueous Counter-Narrative in US History

For hundreds of years, Florida has had the reputation of being a little unstable.
Eddie Feibusch, owner and founder of ZipperStop.

For Eddie Feibusch, a Life in Zippers

Eddie Feibusch, a prewar refugee from Vienna, is now among the last of the big New York zipper men.
The Boston Post’s headline on July 22, 1918.

How a Tiny Cape Cod Town Survived World War I’s Only Attack on American Soil

A century ago, a German U-boat fired at five vessels and a Massachusetts beach before slinking back out to sea.
President Reagan and Nancy Reagan on the campaign trail with Governor George Deukmejian and Senator Pete Wilson at Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley, California on September 3, 1984.

An Obituary for Old Orange County, Dead at Age 129

Once reliably red, the official cause of O.C.’s passing is a case of the blue flu.
An 1814 oil painting depicting the Atlantic slave trade, based on a 1788 original exhibited at the Royal Academy in London.

How Slavery Made the Modern Scotland

A new documentary lays bare just how central a role Scotland played in the slave trade.
A crop of Berenice Abbott's

How the Battle for Sunlight Shaped New York City

As the city reached for the sky, those down below had to scramble for daylight.
Guy Bradley, Florida's first bird warden, 1905.

The Most Dangerous Job: The Murder of America's First Bird Warden

His job was to protect the birds. But nobody was there to protect him.