A Threat to “Traditional Marriage” in the 1920s
The view of "traditional marriage" has been under attack since long before anyone imagined state-sanctioned gay and lesbian unions
Making the Middle East
Better know the Middle East
Recording History: The Lincoln-Douglas Debates
The Lincoln-Douglas Debates of 1858 are a touchstone of American history.
Carter G. Woodson, The Father of Black History Month
The origins of Black History Month date back to 1926, when a historian named Carter G. Woodson spearheaded “Negro History Week.”
The Origins of St. Valentine’s Day
The complicated origins of St. Valentine's Day.
Lynching in America
A new report called Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror," documents 3,959 African Americans lynched between 1877 and 1950.
Nelson Mandela’s Release
February 11th marks a quarter century since the release of Nelson Mandela (1918-2013)
Debating Welfare Way Before George Will
The debate over welfare goes back surprisingly far.
What If Home Ownership Were Not Part of the American Dream?
Is home ownership a requirement for adulthood in America? As far back in 1938, some have argued to change that mindset.
Social Security at 75
The Social Security Act was signed into law in 1935.