The Victorian era involved a lot of lace. In the face of encroaching industrialism, handmade lace enjoyed a frilly revival—and masked fears about the commodification of female labor.
During Prohibition, American women “made, sold, and drank liquor in unprecedented fashion,” writes historian Mary Murphy.
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.
“Ghana tells us that the forces of the universe are on the side of justice… An old order of colonialism, of segregation, discrimination is passing away now.”
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.
How the Memphis Sanitation Strike, with its iconic “I AM A MAN” signs, helped deepen Martin Luther King, Jr.’s radicalism in the last months of his life.
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.
Referendums have a way of turning everyone into a self-proclaimed political expert. But does giving a population the chance to directly weigh in on a specific issue lead to a more informed voting public?
For most of American history, Washington’s Birthday was a really big deal, but, as scholar Barry Schwartz explains, that’s changed a lot since the middle of the twentieth century.