Steam Locomotive

Mourning the Death of the American Railway

Just as the Titanic had redefined passenger liners, so too would the Zephyr transform the American railway.
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The Making of Asian America

Asians are on track to become the fastest growing U.S. population by the next half-century. We look at the history of Asian immigration, past and present.
Description: The Black Panthers march in protest of the trial of co-founder Huey P. Newton in Oakland, California. 
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How the Black Panther Party Inspired the Aborigines

The Black Panther Party's influence was global in scope. We look at its influence amongst the Aborigines of Australia.
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Dorothy Day and the Activism of the Catholic Church

We look back at the work of social activist Dorothy Day, who's staunch defense of labor unions fell in-line with the activism of the Catholic Church.
New York area marksman C.B. Winder shooting a gun. 
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Deep Dive

Each week, our editors annotate the most popular op-ed pieces in the news with links to further reading on JSTOR.

Brainwashing, Mind Control, and American Paranoia

During the Cold War, Americans believed the Soviets and Communist China had developed brainwashing techniques. Then it came to America.
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A Muslim Shouldn’t Be President? We Said That About Catholics, Too

Ben Carson's remarks on whether or not a Muslim should be President of the United States is put into context. We've seen this before.

Conquering Antarctica’s Ice Marathon

The Antarctic Ice Marathon is a 26.2-mile run across the coldest, windiest, driest continent on Earth.
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Scott Walker, The Koch Brothers, and the History of Right to Work Laws

The Taft-Hartley Act of 1947 gave states the ability to enact right to work laws, granting opponents of unions the ability to institute open-shop laws.
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The Truth Behind the Tower Ravens

Fakelore: the deliberate fabrication of a folklore. A term that perfectly describes the legend of the Tower Ravens, the birds of the Tower of London.