Cultural History

Celebrating Black History Month in 2021

by The History Reader

Black History Month was originally created half a century after the abolition of slavery in order to celebrate the history and the people of Africa that were deemed influential. It was not officially recognized until 1976
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The Transformation of Christmas

by Judith Flanders

While Christmas has transformed itself over the centuries, from a time for the nobility to display their wealth to their dependents, to a time for adults to enjoy what little extra they could gather, to a festival … Read the article

How Jazz Changed the World

By Jessica Fellowes

Jessica Fellowes discusses the history behind her recently released novel, The Mitford Scandal, focusing on the birth of jazz in America and its cultural impact on post-WWI London.

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Sidney Lumet: “Eating Ham for Uncle Sam”

by Maura Spiegel

Acclaimed as the ultimate New York movie director, Sidney Lumet began his astonishing directing career with the now classic 12 Angry Men, followed by such landmark films as Serpico, Dog Day Afternoon, and Network. In this excerpt from the highly-entertaining biography, … Read the article