Hagia Sophia ‘time tunnel’ linked Ottoman and Roman Empires

Hagia Sophia has been a cathedral, a mosque, a museum, and now again a mosque. But past conquests don't fully explain its legacy, a historian says.

Sandra Feder-Stanford • futurity
Aug. 10, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: history art religion society-and-culture beliefs

Pandemics have sparked anti-Asian hate crimes before

The US has a long history of anti-Asian hate crimes and "othering," say researchers, including the Chinese Exclusion Act, Japanese internment camps, and other events.

Chelsea Davis-Iowa State • futurity
July 30, 2020 ~5 min

Tags: history immigration bias united-states racism society-and-culture race-and-ethnicity pandemics

Smallpox is so much older than we thought, Vikings had it

"We have found the oldest evidence of smallpox. Moreover, it seems to have been surprisingly common as early as in the Viking Age."

Cecilie Krabbe-Copenhagen • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~6 min

Tags: history genomes viruses featured society-and-culture health-and-medicine smallpox vikings

Evidence rewrites early Indigenous-colonizer encounters

Indigenous people in Oconee Valley—now central Georgia—actively resisted European influence for nearly 150 years after the arrival of Hernando de Soto.

Sara Savat-WUSTL • futurity
July 27, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: history archaeology united-states indigenous-people society-and-culture

Expert: Confederate monument facts defang ‘heritage’ claims

"...historical context makes it a lot harder to claim that these monuments and memorials are simply 'heritage,' innocent of any racial meaning."

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
July 17, 2020 ~10 min

Tags: history united-states racism society-and-culture us-civil-war race-and-ethnicity

Does the COVID crisis cap 25 years of government blunders?

"What went wrong? The answer is: Almost everything went wrong, and almost everything that did go wrong had been foretold."

Robert Polner-NYU • futurity
July 9, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: covid-19 history united-states government society-and-culture health-and-medicine us-presidents

Voting Rights Act led to fewer racially biased arrests

"...if everyone has equal access to the vote, it can improve police officers' treatment of Black Americans."

Jill Kimball-Brown • futurity
July 8, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: history bias racism society-and-culture laws police-officers voters race-and-ethnicity

What did ‘all men are created equal’ mean in 1776?

We tend to interpret "all men are created equal" in the Declaration of Independence to mean individual equality. That's not right, says historian Jack Rakove.

Melissa De Witte-Stanford • futurity
July 2, 2020 ~11 min

Tags: history holidays united-states government democracy slavery featured society-and-culture

Ernest Hemingway’s letters reveal feuds and friendships

A new collection of Ernest Hemingway's letters show him harshly critiquing his friend F. Scott Fitzgerald and feuding with Gertrude Stein and others.

Katie Bohn-Penn State • futurity
June 30, 2020 ~8 min

Tags: history writing literature books society-and-culture

5 lessons for COVID-19 from the fight against HIV

The HIV pandemic and the COVID-19 pandemic are similar in key ways. Both exposed inequalities, became politicized, and require nuanced messaging.

Sara Savat-WUSTL • futurity
June 29, 2020 ~9 min

Tags: public-health covid-19 history hiv money health-and-medicine lgbtq race-and-ethnicity pandemics

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