A photo from the early 20th century showing U-Lazy-S Ranch cowboys and a cook gathered around a chuck wagon.

On the Range

Excavations at a ranch in the southern High Plains show how generations of people adapted to an iconic Western landscape.
Nebraska's Spencer Dam, one of many structures and areas in the Midwest affected by a recent flood.

The Missouri River Flood Hits a Historic Native American Homeland

in the wake of devastating floods, one writer reflects on the importance of place to Great Plains Indians.
The flags of the United States and Puerto Rico in San Juan (2008).

Top Ten Origins: Puerto Rico and the United States

Outlining America's complex relationship and shared history with Puerto Rico and questions about sovereignty.

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.