Linton Weeks

Linton Weeks appears in the following:

When 'Flirtation Cards' Were All The Rage

Friday, July 31, 2015

In late 19th century America, young people sometimes courted using flirtatious calling cards, which perhaps added some levity to the serious rules of engagement.


The Future Of American History

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Three college professors respond to questions about the evolving challenges of teaching the history of a complex nation.


12 Lost American Slangisms From The 1800s

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Today's lingo seems creative, but slang in 19th century America was every bit as colorful.


What Hats Tell Us About American Men

Friday, July 17, 2015

A brief and incomplete study of men's hats in American history — and what they reveal.


Hats Off To Women Who Saved The Birds

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

At the turn of the 20th century, millions of birds were being sacrificed for fashionable hats — until women flocked together to protest.


Baseball In Skirts, 19th-Century Style

Sunday, July 12, 2015

For Victorian athletes in America, the game on the diamond gave them a chance to compete against men — and win. Re-enactment teams offer the same opportunity to modern women.


Strange Stories Surrounding Street Pianos

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Designed to provide pleasure, street pianos in 19th and 20th century America were also magnets for some mischief and malevolence.


When America's Librarians Went To War

Saturday, July 04, 2015

During the world wars of the 20th century, librarians played a role worth remembering.


200 Years Of 'Sex' In America, In 1 Chart

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

How certain words related to sexual behavior have shifted over the past two centuries.


The Cherry Sisters: Worst Act Ever?

Saturday, June 27, 2015

How a group of perhaps-clueless farmgirls from Iowa rose to theatrical fame and infamy at the same time.


The Marriage Equality Battle Is Now History

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The ink on the Supreme Court's landmark decision was hardly dry before the New York Public Library mounted a pop-up exhibit about same-sex relationships.


4 Forgotten Fads Of The Past

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

A quartet of quirky fads faded away into the American mist.


Independence Day For Americans With Disabilities

Friday, June 19, 2015

In July, the U.S. marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act and the powerful poster campaign that helped the country come to grips with disability rights.


When 'Womanless Weddings' Were Trendy

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

With bearded brides and deep-voiced flower girls, these surreal, public-spirited rituals delighted American communities for decades.


Dirty Dancing In The Early 1900s

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Scandalous swirls like the Bunny Hug, Turkey Trot and Grizzly Bear may have even rattled President-elect Woodrow Wilson.


The Battles Of A Civil War Re-Enactress

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Refused at first as a re-enactor, J.R. Hardman turned to historic, real-life pioneers for inspiration.


Songs We Love: Bomba Estereo, 'Mar (Lo Que Siento)'

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

The Colombian band's latest album Amanecer is filled with some of their most energizing club songs yet. But they find their sweet spot in a mellow reflection about finding happiness.


Chinese Basketballers Of Yesteryear

Thursday, June 04, 2015

In the early 20th century, Chinese athletes in the U.S. sometimes found social liberation on the basketball courts.


How The YMCA Helped Shape America

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Many of today's fitness trends can be traced back to the pioneering programs of the YMCA.


The Windshield-Pitting Mystery Of 1954

Thursday, May 28, 2015

For some strange reason, people across America began to notice that thousands of automobile windshields were dotted with teeny-tiny pockmarks.