Linton Weeks

Linton Weeks appears in the following:

Media Mischief On April Fools' Day

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

When news organizations make fun of the news, it can be funny — or not.


Board Games That Bored Gamers

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Strolling through the board games of yesteryear we find some that succeeded and some that faded away.


Old-Timey Slang: 'Polking' Was A Vulgar Word

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Slang words come and go — and some stay on forever.


When The KKK Was Mainstream

Thursday, March 19, 2015

In 1920s America the insidious Invisible Empire was not only visible; it participated in otherwise polite society.


7 Creative Wedding Ideas From History

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Couples nowadays are tying the knot in original ways — like some pioneering newlyweds in America's past.


A King Speech You've Never Heard — Plus, Your Chance To Do Archive Sleuthing

Friday, March 13, 2015

For 50 years, this little-known archive of civil rights activities has gone pretty much untouched and untapped.


Who Takes 3,000 Photos Of NYC's Doors?

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

In the mid-1970s, photographer Roy Colmer cruised the streets of New York City. The result: A very particular perception of doors.


Amazing Animal Performers Of The Past

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Today's YouTube sensations — intelligent dogs and crafty cats — are the latest in a long line of entertaining animals.


The Secret History Of Knock-Knock Jokes

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

The complicated story behind the simple, repetitive wordplay jest.


How Black Abolitionists Changed A Nation

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Hundreds of outspoken African-Americans moved America toward emancipation.


The Courage And Ingenuity Of Freedom-Seeking Slaves In America

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Did daring stories of fugitive slaves perhaps move the national political needle toward abolition?


Back Before Children Looked Childish

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Through the lens of Depression-era filmmaker H. Lee Waters, we can see the past — when being young was not always fun.


An Ancestor Of YouTube, Selfies And Vines

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

During the Depression, Herbert Lee Waters filmed everyday life in the South and created "Movies of Local People." The results, now in the Duke University archives, are historically remarkable.


How Scams Worked In The 1800s

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Women, priests, dapperly dressed gents — no one could be trusted.


What If Napoleon Had Come To America?

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Two centuries ago, the fallen French emperor was licking his wounds and dreaming of America.


Marathon Mania In American History

Thursday, February 05, 2015

For a long time, Americans have been participating in a variety of competitions — for a long time.


Reviving The Lost Art Of Logrolling

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Contemporary logrollers believe that the historical practice provides today's athletes a good, balanced workout. And that it's as easy as, well, as falling off a log.


'Female Husbands' In The 19th Century

Thursday, January 29, 2015

In newspapers, magazines and novels, the "female husband" was a person of great interest.


Gamesmanship Or Cheating: A History Quiz

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Whatever happens with the investigation of Deflategate, there is sometimes a blurry line between gaining a competitive advantage and downright cheating.


How Black Smokejumpers Helped Save The American West

Thursday, January 22, 2015

During World War II, a group of African-American paratroopers fought fires, dismantled bombs and dealt with racism in the ranks.