Pages from “A Feeling of Freedom,” a pamphlet extolling virtues of living in Jonestown (c. 1977).

Jonestown’s Victims Have a Lesson to Teach Us, So I Listened

In uncovering the blackness of Peoples Temple, I began to better understand my community and the need to belong.
An interactive map of the United States (2015).
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Foreign Born Population 1850-2010

An interactive map of immigrant populations in the United States.

As Goes the South, So Goes the Nation

History haunts, but Alabama changes.
A home, originally from Holland Island, relocated to Tangier Island after sea level rising.

Chronicling the End Times on Tangier Island

Earl Swift’s Chesapeake Requiem looks at life on a beautiful, vanishing Virginia island in Chesapeake Bay.
In this visualization of immigration data, each

A New Way of Seeing 200 Years of American Immigration

To depict how waves of immigrants shaped the United States, a team of designers looked to nature as a model.
Father and son buried in Booker T. Washington Cemetery, located across the Mississippi River from St. Louis in southern Illinois (2018).

I Went in Search of Abandoned African-American Cemeteries

I found a couple, and some fascinating history, too.
A police officer at the scene of the school shooting in Indiana (2018).

Before Parkland, Santa Fe and Columbine…There Was Concord High

In 1985, a 16-year-old dropout showed up to school with a shotgun. Everyone said it was just a fluke.
Tule Lake Segregation Center (ca. 1945).

The Disputed Second Life of an American Internment Camp

A debate over a planned fence around the site where people of Japanese ancestry, mostly American citizens, were forcibly interned.
A doctor's note written for Winston Churchill, allowing him to drink alcohol during Prohibition (1932).

Winston Churchill Gets a Doctor’s Note to Drink “Unlimited” Alcohol in Prohibition America

Even Winston Churchill needed a doctor's excuse to get out of Prohibition.
Male prisoners at work at Parchman Penal Farm (1911).

Documenting ‘Slavery by Another Name’ in Texas

An African-American burial ground recently unearthed reveals details about an ugly chapter in the history of the American South.
A portable irrigation unit in a bean field on Starkey Farms in Morrisville, Pennsylvania (1941).

The Value of Farmland: Rural Gentrification and the Movement to Stop Sprawl

Rapidly rising metropolitan land value can mean "striking gold" for some landowners while threatening the livelihood of others.
The old courthouse at the Monroe County Heritage Museum in Monroeville, home to Harper Lee.

In the Hate of Dixie

Cynthia Tucker returns to her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama – also the hometown of Harper Lee, and the site of 17 lynchings.