Cormorants on a Guano Island

Are We Entering a New Golden Age of Guano?

A history of civilization could be written in fertilizers. And the history of guano—bird poop—tells us a lot about slavery, imperialism, and U.S. expansion.
Robert Lewis Dear

Planned Parenthood Gunman Robert Dear’s “Idiosyncratic” Faith

Planned Parenthood gunman Robert Dear has been pigeonholed for his "idiosyncratic" faith. But it's very much a part of the American evangelical tradition.
Farm workers harvesting vegetable crop.

Deportation: A History

Operation Wetback was another example of deportation being used as a social and political method of control.
Poster advertising Joice Heth

The Immortal Life of Joice Heth: How P.T. Barnum Used an Elderly Slave To Launch His Career

P.T. Barnum's career as a Kentucky show man, began with his ownership and exploitation of African American slave Joice Heth.
A kitchen table full of chopped vegetables and spices

A Plan to Get the Poor to Eat Healthy Food—in the 1890s

Early efforts to get Americans to eat healthy food started with targeting poor citizens.
M.I.A.'s "Arular" album image

New Brown Godz Look Back: M.I.A.’s Arular at 10

A look at M.I.A's groundbreaking Arular at ten years old.
Side-by-side black and white photographs from the mid 1800's of two ladies sitting across from each other and dabbling in divination as a specter-like presence hovers between them

Waking the Spirits: The Diaries of John A. Clark

During the fall and winter of 1861-1862, Clark and many other officials in Santa Fe attended at least eight séances.
An older black and white headshot of Nelly Bly beside the cover of Round the World with Nelly Bly

Nellie Bly, Girl Reporter

A look back on Nellie Bly and the era of "stunt-reporting."