James Truslow Adams: Dreaming up the American Dream

Background on James Truslow Adams, who coined the phrase The American Dream.

Wall Street’s Slave Market

New York City will unveil a plaque today marking the location of the city's slave market at Wall Street.

Revising Dust Bowl Myths

Charles J. Shindo attempts to revise common myths about the "Dust Bowl"
A U.S. Civil War cannon with American Flags in the background. This cannon is located at the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park in Kennesaw, Georgia. "G.T.B" on the muzzle is the initials of George Thatcher Balch, the Confederate officer who inspected the cannon that the Ames Foundry where it was cast.

An End to All Hell: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War’s End

The 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

The Psychological Power of the Confederate Flag

An experiment in Political Psychology points to just how powerful the confederate flag continues to be in stirring up racist attitudes among whites.
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Olive Oatman: The Girl With the Mojave Tattoo

The mysterious story of Olive Oatman who returned after years of captivity with the Mojave.

W. E. B. Du Bois Sets The Stage

A brief communication is revealing window into the life of thinker W. E. B. Du Bois.
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Leopold and Loeb, Again

The defense in the trail of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev for the Boston Marathon bombing is using Clarence Darrow's strategy in the Leopold and Loeb trial of 1924.
Lincoln's funeral in DC

Forgetting Abraham Lincoln

Sarah Browne’s neglect of Lincoln, compared with the ceaseless remembrance of her daughter, did not lessen her desolation over the assassination.

Obscenity and Unintended Consequences

In the Journal of American Studies, Amanda Frisken investigated how an earlier set of standards around obscenity emerged in the 1870s.