Linton Weeks

Linton Weeks appears in the following:

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.


Beware Of Japanese Balloon Bombs

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

During World War II, the Japanese aimed thousands of wind-borne explosives at North America. To this day, many have not been accounted for.


10 Final Thoughts Of The Protojournalist

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

As the sun sets on The Protojournalist storytelling project, I reflect on the question: What have I done?


A Very Native American Christmas

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

For some Native Americans, Christmas has been a time for decorated trees, Santa Claus and lots of old traditions.


Before Google ... Who Knew?

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Search engines come and go, but the reference librarian abides.


Speed Dating In The 19th Century

Monday, December 15, 2014

There was a time in America when single women ran ads in newspapers inviting complete strangers into their homes for courtship possibilities.


Begun The Christmas Tree War Has

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

When it comes to Christmas trees — like just about everything else — America is split.


The Fine Art Of Deception

Friday, December 05, 2014

When visual tricksters play with perception, things are not always what they seem.