American History

chocolate

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.
Jacqueline Raposo
1.22.19
Power

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.
Marjua Estevez
10.11.18
Black Women Making History

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.
Amdé Mengistu
2.27.18
painting

[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.
Beverly Bryan
7.26.17
50 states of art

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.
Morgan Hamilton
4.23.17
50 states of art

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.
Morgan Hamilton
4.23.17
Art

The Last 100 Years of American History Told Through 50 Paintings

A 20th Century retrospective takes up residence at the Yale University Art Gallery.
Diana Shi
12.31.16
Thanksgiving

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.
Alex Swerdloff
11.18.16
china

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.
Clarissa Wei
10.21.16
Stuff

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.
Peter Moskowitz
8.6.16
Art

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.
Annie Armstrong
7.5.16
Art

The Corrective Art History of Kerry James Marshall

Ahead of his retrospective 'Mastry,' the artist speaks on society and representation.
B. David Zarley
4.6.16
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