The View from Cottage Hill
History bleeds in Montgomery, Alabama.
August 23, 2018
Appalachian Whiteness: A History that Never Existed
The “fetishization” of Appalachia’s supposed racial and ethnic purity and Trump's proposal to end birthright citizenship.
100 Days in Appalachia
November 19, 2018
Immaculately Restored Film Lets You Revisit Life in New York City in 1911
Other than one or two of the world's supercentenarians, nobody remembers New York in 1911.
April 20, 2018
Helen Levitt's New York in Pictures
Helen Levitt's influential urban photography depicts a time both far away and familiar.
November 30, 2018
Fracturing Landscapes: A History of Fences on the U.S.-Mexico Divide
History tells us that Trump's proposed wall will not work, and that it will do more damage than good.
September 4, 2018
California Wildfires Have Been Fought by Prisoners Since World War II
The war had turned forestry work into a form of civil defense, and prisoners a new army on the home front.
November 13, 2018
U.S. Population Growth by State (1900-2017)
The population of every state, visualized like a horse race.
November 20, 2018
Let Malibu Burn
A political history of the Fire Coast.
Los Angeles Weekly
September 28, 1996
A Terraqueous Counter-Narrative in US History
For hundreds of years, Florida has had the reputation of being a little unstable.
D. Berton Emerson
Los Angeles Review of Books
February 18, 2018
For Eddie Feibusch, a Life in Zippers
Eddie Feibusch, a prewar refugee from Vienna, is now among the last of the big New York zipper men.
New York Times
April 18, 2010
How a Tiny Cape Cod Town Survived World War I’s Only Attack on American Soil
A century ago, a German U-boat fired at five vessels and a Massachusetts beach before slinking back out to sea.
July 19, 2018
An Obituary for Old Orange County, Dead at Age 129
Once reliably red, the official cause of O.C.’s passing is a case of the blue flu.
Los Angeles Times
November 7, 2018