The 24th Amendment to the United States Constitution was ratified in 1964, ensuring that the right of citizens of the…

Depiction of Sumerian beer drinkers, 2600BCE, using stalks to drink from large, communal containers. Image Available At: http://cdli.ucla.edu/pubs/cdlj/2012/cdlj2012_002_fig/figure1.jpg An early…

In 1933, Albert Einstein petitioned Turkish President Mustafa Kemal Ataturk to allow “forty professors and doctors from Germany” to immigrate…

Late in 1965—after the Voting Rights Act, after Watts—an evidently frustrated Lyndon Johnson asked, “What do they want—what really do…

“It was a voice of mellow richness,” the great novelist Wallace Stegner remembered, “such manly, heart-warming intimacy, such emotional and…

Before the culture wars transformed the environment into a political hot button, it remained possible to have rational discussions about…

On this day in 1865, four of the conspirators involved in the Lincoln assassination were hanged. More than two months…

Complexion in Jim Crow America could be a tricky thing. In the spring of 1955, Ebony magazine ran a curious…

On July 4, 1876, as Americans celebrated the nation’s centennial, rumors of a bloody clash on the frontier began trickling…

In 1892, the children’s magazine Youth’s Companion led a campaign to commemorate the four hundredth anniversary of Christopher Columbus’s arrival…

If you know anything about the US propaganda campaign during World War II, you probably know about Frank Capra’s brilliant…

In 1967, the United States Supreme Court overturned a series of prohibitions and punishments against interracial marriage with its decision…

In 1939, a pair of mass rallies revealed the breadth of the American political spectrum on the eve of the…