“You can have really intense intimacy over distance, sometimes only because distance is there.”
Since 1892, the United States has deported more immigrants (over 57 million) than any other nation.
“As a historian and educator of college students, my experience teaching on US imperialism is one of disappointment.”
“Your first, last, and only obligation is to the reader and to the truth as you see it, without fear or favor.”
“Individual Americans thought they were the only ones who could not afford to send their kids to college.”
“Are there ways in which Black North Americans connected to places and things that were outside of the world we thought they were in?”
For decades, South Asian architecture was impelled by the promise of a new society after empire. Now, such buildings are being demolished.
“Writers are being made to carry the weight of politicians.”
“At the end of the day, the America project was about an encounter with abundance that was responded to with greed and brutality.”
“Doesn’t every New Yorker really want to own a co-op?,” a realtor asked a crowd of tenants in 1972. But this provoked only “a chorus of noes.”
Exponentially more enslaved Africans were forced to the lands that now make up Latin America rather than the United States. Where is their story?
The people of Rome have been leaving notes on the Pasquino statue for over 500 years. And this practice continued in the pandemic, fortunately.
Mohamed Mbougar Sarr’s Goncourt-winning novel confronts the racist history of France’s literary prizes.
For the righting of historical wrongs, to simply transfer property continues to perpetuate violence. True reparations require far more work.
In the 1960s, Chicago’s white neighborhoods didn’t want Mexican Americans moving in. But one determined real estate broker changed everything.
What does the ancient world look like beyond Greece and Rome? Could imagining a collective human future start with seeing the past anew?
As fascist armies conquered much of Spain, a writer publicly and famously denounced high-ranking officers right to their faces. Or did he?
For centuries, book-makers, printers, furniture-makers and, now, programmers have worked to answer: how do you find what you need in a book?
The Harlem Renaissance continues to serve as a source of pride and dignity as well as ammunition in the ongoing struggle for civil rights.
In May 1381, rebels burned documents at Cambridge, then scattered the ashes to the wind. But why were universities targeted by the rebels?