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Barry Faulkner’s 1936 rendition of the Constitutional Convention

The First Dissenters

George Mason swore he would rather "chop off his right hand" than sign the Constitution.

David Livingstone, circa 1865.

Livingstone in a New Light

Long indecipherable letters, written in ink made from crushed seeds, are now readable through spectral imaging.

East African slaves aboard the Daphne, a British Royal Navy vessel

Gross Injustice

The slave trade by the numbers.

One of Odysseus’ sailors victimized by Scylla

“My Sejanus”

Rome's ruthless upstart was really a savvy insider, until fortune turned her back on him.


The Ubiquitous Book

The rise of America's culture of print.

La Virgen de Guadalupe

The United States of Mestizo

A term of conquest and miscegenation now describes a cosmopolitan identity and worldview.

Elise Lemire, author of Black Walden:Slavery and Its Aftermath in Concord, Mass

Black Walden

The neighborhood where Henry David Thoreau took shelter was home to Concord's "abandoned" slaves.

Martha Hill improvises on Bennington’s tennis courts, 1936.

Grassroots Modern

New York dancers take to the country.

John Mitchell, Jr., editor, Richmond Planet

Brother from the Richmond Planet

Crusading Journalist John Mitchell Jr. took on the lynchers.

Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson, Gardener

In her own time she was better known for her hydrangeas.