The Washington Post: Community-run freedom libraries sprang up in the South as an alternative to segregated public libraries in the 1960s. Most of them were bombed or burned by the end of the Freedom Summer of 1964.
Mental Floss: A look into the life of writer Dorothy Thompson, the first journalist expelled from Nazi Germany who stood up to fascists at home in America and abroad.
Vulture: Movies from the 1930s through the 1960s avoided any real mention of pregnancy or childbirth, skipping right to the instant family. Why did Hays Code censors care so much about obscuring this uniquely female experience?
Atlas Obscura: After World War II, the Red Cross established "bride schools" in Japan to prepare wives of American soldiers for their new life in the US. But the lessons were actually about projecting American feminine ideals.
GQ: Martin Scorsese has courted controversy his entire career for his depictions of violence, women, and religious figures. Why can't we stop arguing about the legendary director's intent?
Thrillist: Prior to the sexual liberation and second wave feminism, bachelorette parties didn't even exist. How did they explode into raucous, expensive, multi-day events?