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How Reforms to Rape Law Changed Our Understanding of the Crime

Reforms to rape law in the 1970s and 1980s transformed the definition of rape and brought the crime out of the shadows.
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Salvage and Savior: Noah Purifoy’s Assemblage

Noah Purifoy transformed the wreckage from the 1965 Watts riots into art, and in doing so, he transformed much more.
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Why Do Americans Love Tipping?

Tipping as cultural practice: why some countries like the U.S. like tipping and others don't.
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The Rise and Fall of Coal Miners’ Unions

The origin of coal miners' unions during the late 19th century.
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Los Alamos Had a Secret Library

The Manhattan Project needed an instant library in Los Alamos built from scratch and in secrecy--this is how it was done.
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Taylor Swift’s White Colonial Romance

Taylor Swift is a member of the Lion King generation, which means that, for her, African landscapes are nothing more than a rich tapestry of flora and fauna
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Taylor Swift: 1989’s Confessional Poet

Since she first came to prominence, Taylor Swift's songs have been read autobiographically.
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When Academics Become Uncool

A sociologist wonders about the state of being uncool in the discipline and academia in general.
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Stonehenge’s Larger Neighbor

The discovery of Durrington Walls, a monument more formidable than Stonehenge, deepens the mystery of these Neolithic structures.
Extra Credit Suggested Readings from JSTOR Daily Editors

Suggested Readings: Food, Trash, and Anger

Extra Credit: Our pick of stories from around the web that bridge the gap between news and scholarship. ...