If you’ve ever been to the period rooms at the Met (or even if you haven’t!) you’ll want to read Lucy Ives’ piece about the impulses behind their creation in Lapham’s Quarterly, “Hereditary Forces”.

The Washington Post recently published an article that (yet again) referred to Sally Hemings as Jefferson’s “mistress.” Elizabeth Adetiba, an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, pushes back against both that narrative and the rhetoric of “humanizing” Hemings.

Often undergraduate students in history courses want to work with cartoons from the past. This piece in the Smithsonian shows us just how complex those cartoons are, and helps us navigate a complicated Reconstruction-era cartoon by annotating the image.

Settle in with “The Marked Woman,” an excerpt from the first chapter of David Grann’s forthcoming book Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the F.B.I.