How Florida Got Its Name

506 years ago, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León landed in what he christened "Florida."
Students at East Junior High School in Braintree, Mass., on Sept. 8, 1966.

The Utter Inadequacy of America’s Efforts to Desegregate Schools

In 1966, a group of Boston-area parents and administrators created a busing program called METCO to help desegregate schools.
Mr. and Mrs. Henry Flagler (right) and George W. Allen on the back of Flagler's private car on first train to Key West on January 22, 1912.

How Slave Labor Built the State of Florida—Decades After the Civil War

Behind the whitewashed history of the Sunshine State.
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.