In the 1930s, experimental psychologist Agnes Landis interviewed women who identified as "tomboys."
For decades, bars excluded single women, claiming the crowds were too “rough” and “boisterous” and citing vague fears of “fallen girls.”
Sometimes finding the stories of marginalized populations demands reading between the lines.
Nearly all American tea rooms were owned by women. They often opened up rooms in their homes or set up tables in their gardens.
"Better Baby Contests" began as part of the Progressive Era push to improve children’s health and reduce infant mortality. Then eugenicists got involved.
At the turn of the twentieth century, American Christian evangelicals, led by Pastor Walter Rauschenbusch, were at the forefront of socialism.
The push for a national Martin Luther King holiday prompted a fierce political tug-of-war, on campus and off.
In the 19th century, women called "watchers" tended to the dying and the dead.
Middle class members of the New York Female Moral Reform Society visited brothels to save women from sin. What they actually encountered surprised them.
We use champagne to celebrate New Year's Eve and other major events. But how did the sparkling wine get such cultural cachet? (Hint: marketing helped.)