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August 2, 2021


How the Death of George Floyd Sparked a Street Art Movement

This article was originally published on the blog for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History as the first of a five-part series titled “Black Life in Two Pandemics: Histories of Violence”. In March 2020, the Urban Art Mapping research team, a small group of faculty and students from the......

158 Resources for Understanding Systemic Racism in America

SMITHSONIANMAG.COM | June 4, 2020, 11:47 a.m. In a short essay published earlier this week, Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch wrote that the recent killing in Minnesota of George Floyd has forced the country to “confront the reality that, despite gains made in the past 50 years, we are still......

Ten Things We’ve Learned About Britain’s Monarchs in the Past Ten Years | History

In recent years, the British royal family has filled the headlines as the Windsors hosted lavish weddings, welcomed petite princes and celebrated landmark milestones like Elizabeth II’s sapphire jubilee. But over the course of the 2010s, historians, archivists, archaeologists and other researchers gave the press, ever hungry for more monarchial......

Twelve Fascinating Finds Revealed in 2019 | History

Few topics manage to unite the masses quite like the macabre, the unexpected and the indisputably astonishing. Luckily, 2019 offered up all of these qualities in plenty: Significant discoveries of the year spanned disciplines, time, geographic locations and cultures. Some were first unearthed years ago but only documented now; others......

The Courtroom That Literally Relitigated History | History

In March 1905, San Francisco’s police commissioners hauled in chief George W. Wittman to answer charges that he had allowed gambling to flourish in the city’s Chinatown. It was a scandal; some suspected he was accepting bribes to turn a blind eye to the fantan parlors and lottery games that......

Why Cokie Roberts Admired Dolley Madison | At the Smithsonian

When Cokie Roberts started out in journalism in the 1960s, the constant refrain she heard from men in the business was “we don’t hire women to do that.” But the congressional journalist and political commentator—who died at age 75 on Tuesday “due to complications from breast cancer,” according to a......

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