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This was the only refugee camp in America for Jews fleeing the Nazis

Roosevelt’s effort to help came at the end of the war, but still spared a thousand lives<p>Morice Kamhi’s family was in Sarajevo when World War II broke …

How NYC tenements once hid secret sweatshops

Immigrant families worked punishing hours in dilapidated apartments just to survive<p>By 1900, the majority of New Yorkers — some 2.3 million …

She was one of the first black women to host a television show

Then the House Un-American Activities Committee came for her<p>On September 22, 1950, musician Hazel Scott appeared in front of the House Un-American …

The First Black-Led Union Wouldn’t Have Existed Without This Woman

Behind the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters was a sisterhood<p>Rosina Corrothers Tucker was born in 1881 in Washington, D.C. She married a preacher, …

This woman realized the sun’s potential long before the rest of the country

Mária Telkes lead the way in solar power development<p>In 1948, Mária Telkes, the “Sun Queen,” built a house in Dover, Massachusetts. From the outside, …

Heating System

Towards a history of women of color in the workplace

Resurfacing snapshots from my mother’s work life<p>There are few stories about the history of women in the workplace and practically none about black …

Women of Color

These photos show how the American Civil Rights Movement influenced Aboriginal rights activists

Students traveled Australia by bus, just like the Freedom Riders<p>A mob surrounded them, shouting and jeering. They hurled insults, then spit, food, …

Civil Rights

These women were the toughest performers in the Wild West

Don’t try horse diving at home<p>Civil War hero Buffalo Bill Cody changed the face of entertainment when his Wild West show began touring the country in …

War

Miss America 1968: When civil rights and feminist activists converged

Miss Black America was born to tell the country that black is beautiful<p><b>By Paige Welch</b><p><i>Duke University</i><p>At 2016’s Miss America pageant, the first openly …

Civil Rights

This woman shattered the gender barrier in pro baseball

When Toni Stone joined the Negro League, she became the first woman regular on a big-league team<p>“There’s always got to be a first in everything,” …

White politicians were coercing African Americans to vote long before civil rights

They weren’t doing for the sake of a multiracial democracy<p><b>By Richard Johnson</b><p><i>Lancaster University</i><p>During a recent campaign rally in Tennessee, Donald …

Civil Rights

The Panama Canal’s Forgotten Casualties

The U.S. used triumphant rhetoric and philanthropy to mask horrifying conditions<p><b>By Caroline Lieffers</b><p><i>PhD Candidate, Yale University</i><p>It was the greatest …

Panama Canal

America’s forgotten Filipino farmworkers: If you know Cesar Chavez, you should know Larry Itliong

When Filipino and Mexican laborers united, they had more power<p>Larry Itliong was just one of the thousands who arrived on the West Coast from the …

Cesar

These photos show how America almost went to war with Mexico during WWI

Pancho Villa launched attacks north of the border and there was little the U.S. could do<p>As spring gave way to summer in 1916, the world was on fire. …

World History

The not-so-sweet story of how Filipino workers tried to take on Big Sugar in Hawaii

How can you win when the media, the public, and big business are against you?<p>When police searched the camp two days after the battle that killed 20 …

Plantations

American women’s obsession with being thin began with this ‘scientist’

Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich were hooked on his diet<p>Bengamin Gayelord Hauserwasn’t the first diet guru to worm his way into Western women’s …

Grace Kelly

From minstrel shows to hip hop, response records transformed American music through irony and wit

<b>Without response records, there would be no Jay Z v Nas, Biggie v Tupac, Nicki v Remy, or Roxanne Shanté v The World</b><p>In 1984, 14 year-old Roxanne …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Photos: L.A.’s mid-century smog was so bad, people thought it was a gas attack

Pollution earned the city the nickname ‘Smell-A’<p><i>“Only twenty of ten on Monday morning and already the sky was a flat canvas of smog haze pulled taut</i> …

Pollution

When the resistance confronted Democrats in 1968, the crackdown was vicious

The Chicago convention forever changed the party<p>“In 1968 the name Chicago won a significance far beyond date and place,” wrote political journalist …

Democratic Party

This brilliant Chinese scientist was taught she was just as capable as men. Then she came to America

Wu Chien-Shiung was ‘The First Lady of Physics,’ but her work was largely unacknowledged<p>When her ocean liner, the <i>President Hoover</i>, docked in San …

Columbia University

This outfit defined an era, created a riot, and was banned by the government

The zoot suit was a subversion of capitalism’s uniform, worn largely by black and hispanic men<p>There’s a picture of a boy in a pinstripe suit standing …

Great Depression

You can thank the first female film director for the fact that movies actually have a plot

Alice Guy-Blaché went from being a secretary to being a visionary of cinema<p>Alice Guy-Blaché was a secretary when she accompanied her boss, Léon …

Photos: Before it was for slackers, Home Economics fostered trailblazing female scientists

Home Economics was actually a serious, multidisciplinary field of research and applied science<p>Dinner was eggs in tomato sauce, mashed potatoes and …

Belva Davis found no opportunities for black, female reporters. So she created her own.

She broke barriers and inspired a new generation by becoming the first black female TV reporter on the West Coast<p>Belva Davis and her colleaguehad …

Lucy Parsons wanted to take down the rich by any means necessary

She was a fearless radical, and the FBI watched her every move<p>Lucy Parsons is not a woman celebrated in many mainstream history textbooks, but to …

Native Americans

Photos: The Marlboro Man has nothing on these pioneering cowgirls

‘Little House on the Prairie’ this is not<p>The cowboy is an enduring symbol of American grit and determination. A lone horseman riding the range …

Commodities

This smart, funny indie film shattered Asian American stereotypes

‘Chan Is Missing’ was a fresh look inside San Francisco’s Chinatown<p>The whole plot of <i>Chan Is Missing</i> hints at an Asian American stereotype, with the …

Independent Film

While abortion doctors were being killed, pro-lifers prayed in support of the attackers

Photos of anti-abortion protests in the 1990s show what intolerance and religious fervor look like<p>There was a storm brewing above Florida State …

Pro-life Movement

These photos of Jewish entrepreneurs thriving in Minnesota, despite persecution, will inspire you

Excluded from most jobs, Midwest Jews started their own businesses in order to survive<p>Jake Mogelson sold cigars and candy out of his St. Paul shop. …

Entrepreneurship

This Freedom Rider was shot at, attacked, and put on death row—all by 20 years old

Joan Trumpauer went from being a sheltered white southerner to a bold civil rights activist and Freedom Rider<p>Joan Trumpauer spent ten daysin a …

Civil Rights