Back in the 1830s, Jim Crow wasn't yet a symbol of inequality. He was a fictional character in minstrel shows who, to entertain his audiences, performed in blackface.
The policeman who arrested a president
After receiving complaints about carriages driving too fast, Washington D.C. policeman William H. West arrested a presidential speed demon.
A history of the U.S.-Mexico border
For decades, the boundary between Mexico and the United States was little more than an imaginary line in the sand.
The godmother of the open office
If you work in an office without offices, with just about everyone working in a large spare space full of stylish desks, straight lines and papers stored in a credenza, then you have met Florence Knoll Bassett.
The Wicked Bible
A full year after the King James Bible was printed in 1631, people discovered an error.