Stephen Pearl Andrews, a lawyer, Houston socialite, and abolitionist, concocted a plan to free Texas' slaves — with a hint of treason.
In the Caribbean, sargassum deposits have grown to unprecedented sizes, obscuring the sand and turning nearshore waters into seething sargassum soup.
A hundred years ago, it was quite common for working-class children to roam the streets freely at night.
Poisonous green pigments laced with arsenic were once a common ingredient in book bindings, paints, wallpapers, and fabrics. Yikes.
One scholar sees the toaster as a symbol of a modernized, industrialized society — both the culprit of bread's mechanization and a perpetrator of assimilation.
It took three more decades of Soviet rule before the archives dealing with Stalin and his times could be explored. And then the doors were shut again.
Ecologically speaking, ski resorts have always had a troubled reputation.
While economists are armed with degrees, data, and historical precedents, they can get it wrong as often as a crystal ball does.
What constitutes adulthood has never been self-evident or value-neutral.
Supermarkets represented a major innovation in food distribution — a gendered innovation that encouraged women to find sexual pleasure in subordination.
The colonial Dutch tradition of making social calls on New Year's Day in New York was no match for 19th-century-style partying.
The rise of terrorism changed the direction of airport design, creating barriers to access around areas that had been enjoyed by generations of enthusiasts.
Regulations banning performance-enhancing drugs raise as many questions as they answer.
Kimono, in English, means "wearing thing." But the garment everyone associates with Japan was not always called by that name.
Forensic DNA evidence has been a game-changer for law enforcement, but research shows it can contribute to miscarriages of justice.
We choose products and services partially based on how they make us feel, on meanings we derive from our choices.
The attitudes reflected in the James Bond franchise are wildly out of touch with social reality.
The ancient maps reveal both the world around them and the face of their creators.
When we play one of Mozart's or Beethoven's compositions, or when we hear one, we probably aren't hearing what they heard or what they thought in their heads as they composed.
The history of the wedding dress is shorter than the history of weddings, and even shorter still than the history of marriage.