Urban History

  • Raising a Stink

    Chelsea Denault | Sep 6, 2018

    Working in sustainability provided Denault unique insights into why Detroit once built the world’s largest trash incinerator.
  • Demolishing “Participatory Dictatorship”

    Andrew Demshuk | May 21, 2018

    The destruction of Leipzig's University Church in 1968 revealed the insincerity of the German Democratic Republic's rhetoric of "people's democracy," writes Andrew Demshuk.
  • AHA Member Spotlight: Paula C. Austin

    Matthew Keough | Apr 10, 2018

    Paula Austin is assistant professor at California State University, Sacramento. Her research interests include African American history and urban history.
  • AHA Member Spotlight: Matthew Spady

    Matthew Keough | Feb 21, 2018

    atthew Spady is an independent historian and director of the Audubon Park Alliance.
  • Subway Stories

    Zachary Schrag | Jan 4, 2018

    Recent problems with the DC Metro suggest a need for more histories of maintenance on public transit systems and other infrastructure projects, writes Zachary Schrag.
  • The Rise and Fall of DC’s Chinatown

    Shaobin Zheng | Dec 29, 2017

    Even though only 300 Chinese Americans remain in DC's Chinatown, the neighborhood attests to the community's vibrant history in the city, writes Shaobin Zheng.
  • #SayHerName

    Brenda E. Stevenson | Apr 28, 2017

    Latasha Harlins’s murder and its contested treatment in the Los Angeles courts led to much of the destruction caused by the 1992 Los Angeles riot/insurrection.
  • Cleveland 2016

    John J. Grabowski | Dec 20, 2016

    It has been a memorable year for the city of Cleveland: the Cavaliers won the NBA championship; it h...
  • History, Economics, and Food

    Rachel Snyder | Nov 21, 2016

    Applying for college is stressful enough without having to pick a major. That is why after writing a...
  • Welfare Reform and the Politics of Race

    Premilla Nadasen | Aug 22, 2016

    Premilla Nadasen on how the racialized rhetoric of work over dependency reflected in the '96 welfare reform act continues to have an impact today.

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