Heat Waves: 20 Years After Chicago

Two articles look at the sociological impact of the 1995 heat wave in Chicago, which killed 700 people.
Confederate flag

That Flag Again: The Meanings of the Confederate Flag and Iconography

Different interpretations of confederate flag and confederate battle iconography.
Oil painting of the Battle of Waterloo

Waterloo at 200

John Houston takes a less melodic look at the transformation of the Battle of Waterloo from "fact to myth," from history to literature.
Black and white photograph of “369th 15th New York” from World War I

World War I Vets as the Vanguard of the ‘New Negro’

World War I saw several hundred thousand African-American soldiers discharged from a virulently segregated U.S. military into a virulently segregated society
1906 photograph of Ota Benga holding a chimpanzee at the Bronx Zoo

Ota Benga and the Living Ethnographic Exhibit

In the book Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga, Pamela Newkirk tells a tale that is more than astonishing.
Kelli O'Hara and Ken Watanabe dancing in the 2018 "The King and I"

The Real Anna Leonowens

The real-life story of Anna Leonowens is actually more interesting than her fictionalized life in "The King and I."
Cover of North American Review

The North American Review Turns 200

Happy birthday to the North American Review!
Stamp commemorating Flannery O'Connor

Flannery O’Connor’s Stamp

Flannery O'Connor is being honored by a new stamp, which will be released on June 5th.
Two glasses of whisky

Whisky’s 550th

550 years of Whisky