Cover of the book The Catcher in the Rye written by J. D. Salinger.
 (left) The front cover of the first issue of Playboy, December 1953 (right)

J.D. Salinger and Playboy: The Fight Against Obscenity

The Citizens for Decent Literature launched various anti-obscenity campaigns against magazines like Playboy and MAD and books like Catcher in the Rye.
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.
Attempting to block integration at the University of Alabama, Governor of Alabama George Wallace stands at the door of the Foster Auditorium while being confronted by United States Deputy Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach.

Was George Wallace Anti-Education…Or Just Anti-Integration?

While pledging to keep schools segregated, Alabama Governor George Wallace set up a community college system that benefited black Alabamans.
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The Automated Future, and Past, of Fast Food

Automat cafeterias were the precursors of contemporary fast food restaurants.

What State Fairs Used to Mean

The historical significance of state fairs

Hanging Out in the 1970s

How teens in the 1970s spent their leisure time.
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Which of the President’s Men, Exactly?

Newly declassified snippets of Haldeman’s diary highlight how much we still don’t know about Watergate and the Nixon Administration

Immigrants and Politics in the 1890s and Today

A comparison between immigration policies in the 1890s and today.