A postcard of a Duluth lynching, June 15, 1920

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.
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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 cards and a sheet of budget numbers

Social Security at 75

The Social Security Act was signed into law in 1935.
Ghettoized book cover

Ghettoside: Murder & Justice in South LA

Detective Wallace “Wally” Tennelle was a rarity: a cop who actually lived in the South Los Angeles neighborhood ...
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A Fight About Taxing the Wealthy, a Century Before President Obama

The debate about how much of the government's money should come from the rich is a conversation that goes back more than 100 years.
William P. Jones

Labor Unions, Public Employees, and Race: And Interview with William P. Jones

An interview with scholar William P. Jones on labor unions, public employees, and race.

A Cultural History of Satirical Cartoons and Censorship

Articles in JSTOR illuminate the long history of satirical cartoons and censorship.

The Roots of Modern Police Work

The beginnings of modern police work have roots in the colonial experience in Ireland.