Freedmans Village near Arlington Hights, Va., July 10th, 1865.

The Long Afterlife of Freedman’s Village

Freedman's Village, created in Arlington, VA at the end of the Civil War, became a thriving community of Black residents as part of Reconstruction.
A person meditating in the snow

Life in the Cold, New Not-Normals, and Weird Numbers

Well-researched stories from The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
Four Immortals Saluting Longevity. T

The Trouble with Immortality

Stories about immortality are present in many cultures throughout time. How cultures perceive immortality—as a blessing or a curse—can differ widely.
A cafeteria in Reeves County Detention Complex, Pecos, Texas

The Surprising Answer to Who Eats Kosher in Prison

24,000 incarcerated people in the U.S. eat kosher meals. Even some neonazis. Why?
Genealogical Chronological And Geographical Chart. Embracing Biblical And Profane History Of Ancient Times From Adam To Christ, 1887

Where Did Family-Bible Genealogies Come From?

Royal lineage tracing, British laws of inheritance, and patriarchal Protestantism all contributed to the genealogical literacy of some Americans.

Whatever Happened to Evangelical Feminism?

From Christianity’s beginnings, the religion has been split between two visions of gender relations.
A worker stands next to a snow machine making artificial snow outside one of the athletes villages for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics before the area closed to visitors, on January 2, 2022 in Chongli county, Zhangjiakou, Hebei province, northern China.

Fake Snow, Brain Maps, and Preschool Problems

Well-researched stories from Quanta, Grist, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.
An illustration from The surprising adventures of a female husband! by Henry Fielding

The Female Husband is So Eighteenth Century

Henry Fielding's novel, a fictional account of the life of Charles Hamilton, conflates vagrancy with sexual, gender, and religious deviance.

When Harvard Students Couldn’t Get Warm

The early heating systems of New England kept Harvard students cold until the early twentieth century.
Unidentified African American soldier in uniform and 10th Corps hat sitting outside shebang

Heartbreak, Book Bans, and Killer Whales

Well-researched stories from NPR, Black Perspectives, and other great publications that bridge the gap between news and scholarship.