Map of St. Augustine and Fort Mosa, 1783.

The First Floridians

In St. Augustine lie the ruins of Fort Mose, built in 1738 as the first free black settlement in what would become the United States.
Martin Hlidebrandt, the “Professor of Tattooing” (Harper’s Weekly 1889).

Inked Irishmen

Irish tattoos in 1860s New York.
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The Legendary Language of the Appalachian "Holler"

Is the unique dialect a vestige of Elizabethan England? Left over from Scots-Irish immigrants? Or something else altogether?
Home Owners' Loan Corporation map of Atlanta (1938), superimposed with 2017 locations of supermarkets (yellow) and convenience stores (orange).

From Food Deserts to Supermarket Redlining

Connecting the dots between discriminatory housing policies in the 1930s and urban food insecurity today.
Postcard depicting the restored 18th century buildings of Storrowton Village, moved to the grounds of the Eastern States Exposition, Springfield, Massachusetts. ca. 1930-1945.

“The Town Was Us”

How the New England town became the mythical landscape of American democracy.
Settlers race across the border into Indian Territory as a signal opens the area to white settlement in Oklahoma City on April 22, 1889.

The City Born in a Day

The bizarre origin story of the surprisingly exceptional Oklahoma City, in a government-sanctioned raid called the Land Run.
A state historical marker in Charlottesville commemorating the Supreme Court's Buck v. Bell decision. Carrie Buck was born in Charlottesville and is buried half a mile from where Heather Heyer was murdered.

White Nationalists Held a Race Rally in Charlottesville. The Location Was No Coincidence.

The region was at the epicenter of eugenic policy-making in the first half of the 20th century.
President Obama with his official portrait (2018).

There Goes the Neighborhood

The Obama library lands on Chicago.
Robert Moses with a model of his proposed Battery Bridge.

Emperor of Concrete

A 1974 review of Robert Caro's "The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York."
This picture, based on a dagguerotype by Gabriel Harrison, shows American poet Walt Whitman at age 37 (1854).

The Complicated Fight Over Walt Whitman's Sole Surviving NYC Home

A somewhat neglected vinyl-sided house is now at the center of a literary legacy battle.
Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn writing at his homemade table in Vermont, circa 1985.

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Hid Out in a Tiny Vermont Village

Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn's best work was done in isolation, a long way from Soviet Russia.
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The Little Mayors of the Lower East Side

Getting to know the New York City street mayors of the turn of the century.