Edward T. O'Donnell, Historian-At-Large

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How Industrial Espionage Started America’s Cotton Revolution

With technical know-how and entrepreneurial spirit, Samuel Slater helped build early American industry–becoming rich and famous along the way.<p>Slater …

Rhode Island

Myths from American History Class

In the U.S., kids spend a lot of time in history class learning about the American Revolution and the founding fathers. But history books tend to simplify the complex reality of the war and the country’s founding. This episode of <i>School Myths</i> by <i>The Atlantic</i> investigates the overblown, rose-colored …

A Glimpse of American History Through the Process of Becoming a Citizen

Personal stories of naturalization from the collection of the New-York Historical Society.<p>The year was 1715 and Arien Gerritsen, a Dutch Protestant …

62 Years Ago, a Bus Driver Had Rosa Parks Arrested. It Wasn't Their First Encounter.

On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks made her historic civil rights stand by refusing to give up her seat on a public bus in Montgomery, Alabama. Had she …

A Rare Insider’s View of Native American Life in Mid-20th-Century Oklahoma

Horace Poolaw never aspired to have his photographs in museums, or to even be printed large enough to frame.<p>A member of the Kiowa tribe, Poolaw had …

American Indian

The Dark and Divisive History of America’s Thanksgiving Hymn

How a beloved song with origins in 16th-century Europe captures both a holiday’s spirit of unity and a country’s legacy of exclusion<p>In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, millions of Americans in their churches and community celebrations will sing the hymn that has become the de facto anthem of …

National Museum of the American Indian

Everyone's history matters: The Wampanoag Indian Thanksgiving story deserves to be known<p><b>“The antidote to feel-good history is not feel-bad history,</b> …

Rhode Island

Watch: How bizarre, giant balloons took over New York’s famous Thanksgiving Day Parade

Early balloons included the Nantucket Sea Monster<p>Today, over 20 million people watch the Thanksgiving day parade on television. Started in 1924 as a …

Pop Culture

These vintage photos of New York show the heyday of the ‘Mean Streets’ look

Edward Grazda’s fresh images of tired times<p>Things tend to look grittier in hindsight. Maybe it’s the patina of age, or the strangeness of a distant …

The Rope: The Forgotten History of Segregated Rock & Roll Concerts

The Platters, the Flamingos, and other pioneering performers share stories of divided audiences, Jim Crow absurdities and harrowing violence<p>One night …

Black History

Site of the Woolworth Lunch Counter Sit-in

This North Carolina store preserves a historic moment in America's movement for racial equality.<p>Sit-ins protesting racist policies throughout the …

The Forgotten Women Scientists Who Fled the Holocaust for the United States

Nedda Friberti was an Italian mathematician and physicist reduced to refugee status in World War II. Fanny Shapiro came from Latvia, where she …

Computer Science

Secret Martin Luther King document included in JFK file release

<b>(CNN) —</b> President Donald Trump's administration released a new batch of documents about John F. Kennedy's assassination Friday that included a secret FBI analysis that portrayed civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. in a harshly negative light.<p>The 20-page document attempts to tie the civil …

Black History

Harriet Tubman’s Canadian Church Is Struggling to Survive

In the 1850s, a little church in the little city of St. Catharines, Ontario, became a community hub for African American slaves who had escaped to …

Black History

How Artificial Intelligence Could Revolutionize Archival Museum Research

When you think of artificial intelligence, the field of botany probably isn't uppermost in your mind. When you picture settings for cutting-edge …

Machine Learning

Anthropologist group suggests first humans to the Americas arrived via the kelp highway

(Phys.org)—A team of anthropologists from several institutions in the U.S. has offered a Perspective piece in the journal Science outlining current …

Anthropology

Photography's Power in the Civil Rights Movement Had a Tragic Side

Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006), Outside Looking In, Mobile, Alabama, 1956, printed 2012, pigmented inkjet print. Hig<p>... VIEW MORE<p>Gordon Parks, …

Review of the Kansas Usurpation

“It was scarcely opened, before it became, as might have been expected, the battleground for the opposing civilizations of the Union, to renew and fight out their long quarrel upon. From every quarter of the land settlers rushed thither, to take part in the wager of battle.”<p>If it had been the …

John Kelly’s Bizarre Mythology of the Civil War

Among the many oddities to be found in Donald Trump’s response to the violent neo-Confederate protests in Charlottesville in August was his complaint that protesters who wished to remove the statue of Robert E. Lee at the University of Virginia would not stop until they’d removed statues of Thomas …

Let’s Relitigate the Civil War

The winners don’t always write history. To this day, the neo-Confederate interpretation of the Civil War and its aftermath has significantly shaped …

Park Service cancels Black Panther legacy project at Cal amid conservative outcry

The National Park Service pulled funding for a Black Panther Party legacy project to be undertaken at UC Berkeley, officials confirmed. The move comes amid outcry about from conservative organizations.<p>In September, the Park Service announced its intent to award Ula Taylor, incoming chair of African …

Black Panther

Above the Fray

<i>WASHINGTON’S FAREWELL</i> could hardly have been published at a better moment. Released on the day when President Obama gave his own farewell address in …

James Madison’s Lessons in Racism

When we think about the framers of the Constitution and how they handled the issue of race, we conjure up the extremes: the hypocrites and the heroes. At one end is Thomas Jefferson, who wrote that “all men are created equal” but believed Africans were inferior and fathered children with an …

Framing

CIA Spyhunters Knew Lee Harvey Oswald Was in Dallas Days Before JFK’s Assassination

On Nov. 15, 1963, the staff of legendary CIA counterintelligence master James Angleton learned that Oswald ensconced in Dallas. President Kennedy had …

Even Nazi prisoners of war in Texas were shocked at how black people were treated in the South

In Texas, some of the Germans actually befriended Americans of all colors<p>One morning in the spring of 1943, years before the end of World War II, …

These photos show that car-crazy Los Angeles was once a public transportation paradise

This comprehensive public transit system lay dead for three decades before being brought back to life<p>They were stacked atop one another, rusting on …

Before Mace, a Hatpin Was an Unescorted Lady’s Best Defense

Accessories to assault.<p>There were once, among the rogues’ gallery of men who harass women in public, disreputable fellows known as mashers. The …

Sexual Harassment

Sally Hemings, Thomas Jefferson and the Ways We Talk About Our Past

<i>It has been 20 years since the historian Annette Gordon-Reed published “Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings: An American Controversy,” a book that successfully challenged the prevailing perceptions of both figures. In a piece for The New York Times Book Review, submitted just before the tragic</i> …

Black History

Bush-Holley slave quarters show reality of northern bondage

GREENWICH — Joseph McGill cannot recall what time of year it was when he slept overnight at the Bush-Holley House. It was several years ago, and the …

Pay attention to Ken Burns’ ‘The Vietnam War’ on PBS, there's much to learn

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, who a decade ago co-directed "The War," about World War II, have now made "The Vietnam War."<p>Written — like that series and other Burns projects running back to "The Civil War" — by Geoffrey C. Ward, it begins Sunday on PBS, with 10 episodes running some 18 hours.<p>The …

Vietnam