Plans by A. J. Downing, Frederick Law Olmsted, and Calvert Vaux for Central Park in New York City (ca. 1857-1880).

When Parks Were Radical

More than 150 years ago, Frederick Law Olmsted changed how Americans think of public space.

The Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862

While a far cry from full emancipation, it was an important step towards the abolition of slavery.
Japanese-Americans held in internment camps working the fields they once owned (1943).

Bitter Harvest

The fear and hysteria that led to Japanese interment during World War II was manufactured for corporate profit.
Oakland City Center demolition ceremony, November 12, 1970.

Imagining a Past Future

Newly discovered photographs from the Oakland Redevelopment Agency reveal a more passionate side of urban renewal.
A Chinese shoemaker repairs shoes on a city sidewalk in New York's Chinatown, Sept. 28, 1986.

Intimate Photos of Community and Resilience in New York’s Chinatown in the 1980s

Bud Glick documented Chinatown, providing detail and context to a community reduced to clichés.
The Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.

The Alamo Is a Rupture

It’s time to reckon with the true history of the mythologized Texas landmark—and the racism and imperialism it represents.
The USS Recruit under construction in Union Square (1917).

The Battle Ship in Union Square

In 1917, the U.S. Navy built a full-size battleship in the heart of New York City.
The Red Hook Housing Project in Brooklyn, New York (1939).

The Rise and Fall of New York Public Housing: An Oral History

New York City public housing has become synonymous with dilapidated living conditions. But it wasn’t always like this.
Pearl River, Rankin, Mississippi.

War Happens in Dark Places, Too

White southern men who didn't own slaves often escaped to the swamps to avoid conscription and wait out the Civil War.
Report of the Common Council on Boston's high school for girls (1826).

The Girls High School Experiment

In 1830, Boston had just concluded a radical experiment — a high school for girls.
A stoning during the 1919 race riot.

1919 Race Riots in Chicago: A Look Back 100 Years Later

A century after the tragedies that shaped the nation's race relations.
A graphic depicting changes in voting demographics for Orange County, CA since 1994.

What's Old is New: How Orange County's Conservative Past Created its Demographics Today

As immigration flows changed, Orange County's demographics changed and so did its political leanings.