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Why America Went Medieval

In the middle of the nineteenth century, upper-class America went gaga over a vision of the medieval. Carpenter’s Gothic ...
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Addicted Mothers: Substance Abusers or Child Abusers?

Are mothers with addictions abusive or victims? Our answer almost always involves race and class.
Immigrants Arriving in New York City, 1887 Engraving

Constructing the White Race

How race is historically and culturally defined. 
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Goodbye to the Barbershop?

The decline of barbershops is not a sign of a disintegrating culture of manhood, but rather a transformation of masculinity.
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Did The 1965 Watts Riots Change Anything?

Sociological data from immediately after the riots in Watts, Los Angeles, in 1965 show major disparities in attitude by race.

The Lasting Fallout of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study

A recent paper provides evidence that the Tuskegee Syphilis Study reduced the life expectancy of African-American men.

Loving v. Virginia and the Origins of Loving Day

Loving Day celebrates the SCOTUS decision in Loving v. Virginia in 1967 which struck down the laws of the 16 states still forbidding interracial marriage. 

Race and Sexual Harassment in Academia

Researchers theorize that minorities are especially vulnerable to sexual harassment in college due to both their outsider status and cultural stereotypes. 

Does Diversity Training Work?

Diversity training seems to be getting more and more attention lately, but a  new report shows that the efforts aren't quite good enough.