The Divorce Colony
The strange tale of the socialites who shaped modern marriage on the American frontier.
December 8, 2015
The Geer Cemetery: A Lesson in Black History
Move beyond the Confederate monument debate and recognize the black people whose lives and labor laid our society's foundations.
The News & Observer
February 3, 2019
Traveling While Black Across the Atlantic Ocean
Following in the footsteps of 20th century African Americans, Ethelene Whitmire experiences a 21st century transatlantic crossing.
January 3, 2019
A Brief History of Guantanamo Bay, America’s “Idyllic Prison Camp”
A hundred years at the edge of empire.
January 30, 2019
The Destruction of Black Wall Street
Tulsa’s Greenwood neighborhood was a prosperous center of Black wealth. Until a white mob wiped it out.
February 4, 2019
How an Atlanta neighborhood died on the altar of Super Bowl dreams.
The Bitter Southerner
January 22, 2019
Before Black Lung, the Hawks Nest Tunnel Disaster Killed Hundreds
A forgotten example of the dangers of silica, the toxic dust behind the modern black lung epidemic in Appalachia.
January 20, 2019
How Prohibition Shaped Harlem
In 1932, a pioneering illustrator captured the way America’s ban on booze created a more urbane night life culture in Manhattan.
New York Times
January 16, 2019
Story of Paris Hill Man Connects Maine to ‘Complexities’ of Slave Trade
Torn from his family in Africa, Pedro Tovookan Parris spent the last years of his short life in rural Maine.
July 15, 2018
Martin Luther King Jr. and Milwaukee: 200 Nights and a Tragedy
King's visits to Milwaukee highlighted the extent to which the civil rights struggle was a national one.
April 2, 2018
The Longest March
In August 1966, the Chicago Freedom Movement, Martin Luther King’s campaign to break the grip of segregation, reached its violent culmination.
July 25, 2016
Bricks in the Wall
A timeline of border fortification, from 1945 to the Trump Era.
January 13, 2019