When Parks Were Radical
More than 150 years ago, Frederick Law Olmsted changed how Americans think of public space.
September 1, 2016
The Compensated Emancipation Act of 1862
While a far cry from full emancipation, it was an important step towards the abolition of slavery.
April 16, 2018
The fear and hysteria that led to Japanese interment during World War II was manufactured for corporate profit.
A. V. Krebs
February 2, 1992
Imagining a Past Future
Newly discovered photographs from the Oakland Redevelopment Agency reveal a more passionate side of urban renewal.
January 1, 2019
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.
New York Times
January 2, 2019
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.
February 19, 2019
The Battle Ship in Union Square
In 1917, the U.S. Navy built a full-size battleship in the heart of New York City.
April 30, 2015
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.
New York Times
July 9, 2018
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.
Keri Leigh Merritt
March 3, 2019
The Girls High School Experiment
In 1830, Boston had just concluded a radical experiment — a high school for girls.
Boston Archives and Records Management
January 17, 2018
1919 Race Riots in Chicago: A Look Back 100 Years Later
A century after the tragedies that shaped the nation's race relations.
February 25, 2019
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.
January 18, 2013