American History

1.22.19

Colonial America Was Obsessed With Chocolate That Probably Tasted Pretty Bad

Even as the colonists grew to appreciate the flavor of chocolate, they also ate it as a health food.

10.11.18

The Revolutionary Latinx Who Brought Feminism to a 60s Leftist Group

In 1970, 22-year-old Iris Morales fought for the liberation of women in the Young Lords, a notorious Latinx leftist militant group.

2.27.18

This Teenager Made History and Pissed Off Racists Everywhere

Zyahna Bryant wrote the petition that sparked the movement against the Robert E. Lee Statue in Charlottesville. A year later, violent racists held the tragic Unite the Right rally.

7.26.17

[NSFW] The Wild West Gets Surreal in These Epic Paintings

Kent Monkman’s 'The Rendezvous' painting series illuminates a little-known corner of American history.

4.23.17

The Oldest State in the Union Has Something to Say About Art

Visual artist Morgan Hamilton writes about how Delaware's history trickles down to its art, politics, and people.

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4.23.17

The Oldest State in the Union Has Something to Say About Art | #50StatesofArt

Visual artist Morgan Hamilton writes about how Delaware's history trickles down to its art, politics, and people.

12.31.16

The Last 100 Years of American History Told Through 50 Paintings

A 20th Century retrospective takes up residence at the Yale University Art Gallery.

11.18.16

The Long, Weird History and Mythology of Oyster Ice Cream

The genuine mystery and historical revisionism of that first Thanksgiving in Plymouth has led to an unending quest to uncover authentic-but-little-known Thanksgiving dishes—such as oyster ice cream.

10.21.16

Why Our Founding Fathers Adored Chinese Tea

Donald Trump has painted China as the ultimate antagonist, despite the fact that it has long supplied Americans with their caffeine fix. Even George Washington was particularly fond of China's premium green tea.

8.6.16

New York City's Surprising Role Funding Slavery and Profiting Off the Civil War

I talked to author John Strausbaugh about his new book, which details how "New York was arguably the most pro-South, pro-slavery city in the North," during the Civil War.

7.5.16

An Artist Created a Different KKK Robe Every Week for a Year

Paul Rucker's 'Birth of a Nation' robes are tailor-made to remind us that the ugliest parts of America’s past still exist.

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