Cultural History

Best History Books of 2014 Gift Guide

by The History Reader

The holiday season is upon us as are the end of the year “Best of 2014” lists! Therefore, we have rounded up a selection of this year’s best history books, and are pleased to present New … Read the article

When Multiculturalism Was Young…

by Jeff Chang

In the 1980s, multiculturalism seemed a danger to the nation. Books filled the shelves warning that its rise on university campuses signaled no less than the closing of the American mind. Two decades later, it was fodder … Read the article

My Time On the Set With Marlene Dietrich

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by Rory MacLean

Why are we drawn to certain cities? Perhaps because of a story read in childhood. Or a chance teenage meeting. Or maybe simply because the place touches us, embodying in its tribes, towers and history an aspect … Read the article

The Legend of the Braddock Tigers

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by Greg Nichols

Big Bertha, a massive driving sled, haunted the Tigers’ dreams. It was rare for high school football teams to use sleds in the late 1950s, and rarer to see anything larger than a two-man version. Big Bertha … Read the article

Life on the Streets of Victorian London

Leadenhall Street in Victorian London

By Judith Flanders

One of the earliest changes to the streets was the arrival of public transport. For most of the century, most people walked—an hour to work, an hour home, was not unusual. But in 1828, a coach-builder saw … Read the article