The Early American Origins of Political Terms
What does stump speech and pork barrel mean? A short lexicon of American political terms.
Reading the Landscape
For the past two months, I have been on a researching road trip through the West and Southwest—Colorado, ...
Nineteenth-century visual images, then, had power to move people to action, to convert ideas into policy.
The Origins of the Secret Service
Where did the Secret Service come from?
Finding Your Place in Letters
For scholars of American history, letter-writing makes historical research possible.
Finding Your Place by Looking at Maps
American maps in the early 19th century.
Adventures in Historical Research
Megan Kate Nelson, a historian of Civil War and the American Southwest, is behind the (Un)Catalogued Column for JSTOR Daily.
Green Burial and the North-South Divide
Embalming practices were first introduced in the US during the Civil War to preserve bodies for transportation.