Linton Weeks

Linton Weeks appears in the following:

When 'Petting Parties' Scandalized The Nation

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

In post-World War I America, young people shocked their elders with jazz music, jittery dancing and public displays of affection.


Muddled Messages In America's Past

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Communication breakdown is not a new phenomenon. American history features a mass — and a mess — of misunderstood messages.


The Repast Is Not Even Past: Old LA Menus

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

By culling through the culinary offerings of thousands of old menus in the Los Angeles Public Library's collection, we can learn a lot about a city and its history.


The Curious World Of Baseball Re-Enactors

Thursday, May 14, 2015

When John Coray and other vintage "ballists" gather to compete using 19th century rules and trappings, the base ball diamond becomes a field of dreamers.


Do We Talk Funny? 51 American Colloquialisms

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

American English has a rich history of regionalisms — which sometimes tell us a lot about where we come from.


4 Hot-Button Kids' Books From The '50s That Sparked Controversy

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Mostly forgotten or out of print, these picture books triggered conversations about integration.


Do We Really Need Libraries?

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Between 1886 and 1919, Andrew Carnegie planted nearly 1,700 libraries across America. Over the years they grew. Now they are trying to survive.


A Forgotten Tradition: May Basket Day

Thursday, April 30, 2015

For at least a century or so, April flowers led to showers of May baskets on the front-door knobs of American homes.


Nazi Summer Camps In 1930s America?

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

In the 1930s, the Nazi movement was on the rise in Europe — and at summer camps for kids in the United States.


7 Lost American Slang Words

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Remembering cool words that are no longer cool — or even used much.


When America Was Crazy About Rock Gardens

Monday, April 20, 2015

During these times of drastic drought in the American West, maybe we should take a hint from the early 20th century — and plant rock gardens.


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.