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Alexis Coe

The Secrets Hidden in Black Pudding

How a tossed-off note about a nasty mess of blood and oatmeal revealed a lot about the writer Dorothy Wordsworth.

July 10, 2018
Before and After the Civil War, Black Married Couples Lived Under Constant Threat

An interview with historian Tera Hunter on the history of black marriage.

February 13, 2018
The Forgotten, Scandalous Lesbian Writing Duo of the Victorian Era

The lovers known as poet and playwright "Michael Field" kept their identity — and their romance — a mystery. Here's why.

February 2, 2018
Abigail Adams: The First Lady Who Defended a Black Servant

A letter from the First Lady defending a black servant from prejudice.

December 12, 2017
That Time Charlotte Brontë's Ghost Haunted Harriet Beecher Stowe

What happens when lady novelists appear as apparitions.

October 31, 2017
The Dramatic Life and Shocking Death of Isadora Duncan

The mother of modern dance had her neck broken by a brilliant red scarf — and the scarf lives on.

October 3, 2017
How Rape Was Used as a Weapon During the Revolutionary War

An interview with historian Holger Hoock, author of Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth

July 25, 2017
The Courage of Coretta

How Coretta Scott King's leadership was instrumental after MLK's death.

April 11, 2017
A Brief History of Women's Marches

From the Suffrage Parade of 1913 to this week's march on Washington.

January 18, 2017
Thank You for Not Being Totally Worthless

Examining the way men and women writers praise their spouses in their acknowledgments.

June 1, 2016