How McDonald’s Got Its Golden Arches

How McDonald's Got its iconic Golden Arches.

Debating Birth Control In Pre-Revolutionary France

Attitudes toward birth control in 18th century France.

Where There’s Luxury, There’s The Urge to Counterfeit

Why do consumers love counterfeit copies of luxury brands?

When Sex Didn’t Sell: Marketing Victoria’s Secret and Frederick’s of Hollywood

How will Frederick’s of Hollywood be remembered in a Victoria's Secret age?

In Flight with Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The little known aviation career of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince.

Original Spin: On the History of the Spinster

The cultural and economic history of the spinster.
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Gruppe 47: The Group That Made Günter Grass

How did Günter Grass go from child soldier to literary titan? Part of the answer lies in the history of literary group Gruppe 47.
Linda Taylor, 49, the so-called "welfare queen", was sentenced to serve two-to-six years in prison in Chicago, May 13, 1977. She is shown on her way to sentencing. Taylor was convicted March 17 of theft and perjury. Man escorting her is unidentified. (AP Photo)

Tracing the Specter of the ‘Welfare Queen’

The origins of the controversial phrase Welfare Queen.
Close up of a petition for divorce with pen and calculator

Divorce in the U.S.A.

A glimpse into the long history of divorce in the United States offers perspective on how much has changed.

What Role Did Laura Keene Play on Abraham Lincoln’s Last Night?

Actress Laura Keene's role on the night of Lincoln's assassination is shrouded in myth.