Labor organizer and activist Mother Jones, ca. 1910-1915.

Appalachian Women Fought for Workers Long Before They Fought for Jobs

Two new books recount the leading role women have played in Appalachian social justice movements.
New York City skyline (2013).

What New York Was Like in the Early ’80s — Hour by Hour

Kim Gordon, Larry Gagosian, Nile Rodgers, Samuel L. Jackson, and many others revisit their wild nights and disjointed days.
Police officers arrest a Chicano student protester in Boyle Heights (1968).

Photographer George Rodriguez Has Chronicled L.A. in All of Its Glamour and Grit

Rodriguez has captured celebrities in repose and farmworkers on strike.
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.