american-history

How ‘Illegal Alien’ Became an American Lightning Rod

On March 26, 1790, President George Washington signed the Naturalization Act into law. It was the first time that the word “alien” ever appeared in…

The Poisonous Laxative That Built America

In 1804, one year after the U.S. snatched up more than 800,000 square miles of land from Napoleon, two unmarried soldiers in their 30s embarked…

Why Boomer Dads Are So Obsessed With a Certain Type of History Book

In John Mulaney’s 2018 stand-up special, Kid Gorgeous, he tells the story of a discussion he had with his mother about a ghost in his…

The ‘Don’t Tread on Me’ Flag May Not Be Racist, but It Sure Is Dumb

Because the political geniuses who see oversensitive “snowflakes” as the greatest threat to America always need something to freak out about themselves, they recently worked…