The nation’s first civil rights monument is a mural portraying the interracial audience at Marion Anderson’s famed Freedom Concert of 1939 on the Washington Mall.
It’s been 55 years since the Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. The massive amounts of fallout in the decade previous to the Treaty taught us a lot about the interconnected planet we live on.
Initially, Indian slavery was considered different from African slavery in the early Anglo-American colonial world, but this split did last for long.
The story of J. Edgar Hoover dressing in women’s clothing is part of American myth, but it’s truth maybe less revealing than what the gossip tells us about Hoover and his times.
The singer, actor, and activist Paul Robeson had a spectacular rise and then a stunning fall brought on by the Cold War’s pathologizing of dissent.
A miniseries directed by Rainer Werner Fassbinder finally has its U.S. premier 45 years later and reminds us of the phenomenon of this great German director.
German imperialists teamed up with Irish republicans and Indian nationalists during World War I; the resulting conspiracy trial ended in a courtroom assassination.
The Tet Offensive of January 1968 has been much studied from the American perspective, but what did the North Vietnamese think about it?
Marooned sailor Alexander Selkirk, rescued after four years on a remote island, is usually taken as the model of Daniel Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe, but is he really?
The French writer Chateaubriand made up or copied a great deal of what he wrote about the early United States. What he said had tremendous influence.