A new National Archives exhibit charts the stories of 19th and early 20th century immigrants to America through documents and photographs attached to their case files. For one historian, one of these "attachments" turned out to be "like a breakthrough discovery of a lifetime."
Sylvia Woods of the legendary Harlem soul food restaurant, Sylvia's, died yesterday at age 86. She made chicken and waffles cool long before today's current crop of retro hipsters decided to take it on.
When other countries were struggling to deal with the HIV epidemic, Brazil openly acknowledged the problem and launched aggressive campaigns to raise awareness and treat the disease. But activists now say say there are no longer organized HIV prevention efforts.
A missing link in the history of women's underwear has been revealed by the University of Innsbruck in the U.K. They are four linen bras dating back to the Middle Ages and change the answer to that nagging question, "Which came first, the corset or the bra?" Hilary Davidson, fashion curator for the London Museum, explains the importance of the find.
The Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist was among the earliest black journalists to gain a wide following in mainstream media. His insights into education, poverty, race and crime were published in The Washington Post and appeared in more than 200 other newspapers. Host Michel Martin recalls the life and work of Raspberry, who died Tuesday at age 76.
When Billie Holiday died on July 17, 1959, thousands of mourners attended her funeral at St. Paul the Apostle Roman Catholic Church in New York City. But Holiday isn't buried in New York's Woodlawn Cemetery, near Duke Ellington and Miles Davis. Instead, she's "way, way, way out" in the Bronx.
Take a hot dog from New York's Coney Island, throw in plenty of Greek immigrants and a booming auto industry, add some chili sauce, a steamed bun, chopped onions, mustard and an epic sibling rivalry and you've got the makings of a classic American melting pot story.
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