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Linton Weeks

Linton Weeks appears in the following:

Addiction In American History: 14 Vivid Graphs

Friday, April 17, 2015

How certain words related to addictive behavior have shifted over the centuries — in 14 colorful charts.


Lincoln's Private Side: Friend, Poet, Jokester

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

On the 150th anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's assassination, we learn that the 16th U.S. president was a public powerhouse — with fascinating private dimensions.


Defeating Polio, The Disease That Paralyzed America

Friday, April 10, 2015

On April 12, 2015, the world will celebrate the 60th anniversary of Jonas Salk's vaccine that helped defeat a contagious, crippling virus.


When Wearing Shorts Was Taboo

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

In certain places in American history, showing a little leg has been illegal — for men and women.


After Selma, King's March On Ballot Boxes

Thursday, April 02, 2015

Tucked away in the archives of the University of South Carolina is a video clip of a rousing King speech.


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.