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Autopsy of the Pledge

Autopsy of the Pledge of Allegiance

This project sheds light on the history of the Pledge of Allegiance as a cultural ritual while at the same time highlighting ongoing controversies that surround it.
Charnley-Persky House Archaeological Project

Charnley-Persky House Archaeological Project

Dr. Rebecca S. Graff's web exhibit unearths the consumer habits of the men, women, and children who lived on Chicago's Gold Coast at the turn of the 20th century. Selected artifacts recovered from excavations at the Charnley-Persky House (11CK1248) in 2010 and 2015 examine these consumer choices, locating their sites of manufacture or point of sale in Chicago and around the globe.
Chicagoland Prize Homes

Chicagoland Prize Homes

In 1945, the Chicago Tribune held a design competition for modest family homes. Most of the nearly 1,000 submissions are lost, but a few designs were published, and a small number were built. The designs reveal what Americans expected oftheir postwar homes, while the changes in the built homes indicate how American housing preferences have evolved. Our interactive map shows the locations of homes…
Death in Chicago

Death in Chicago

A choose-your-own-adventure story exploring common causes of death in Chicago's history, as written by students in associate professor of anthropology Holly Swyers's "Medical Anthropology" class. Choose your own stories to learn more about "Death in Chicago:" will you come out alive?
Restricted Chicago

Racial Restriction and Housing Discrimination in the Chicagoland Area

Well over half a century after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision of 1954 struck down a long American tradition of legal racial segregation and discrimination, the United States remains deeply fragmented along racial and ethnic lines. With its checkered history of funding, opportunity, and outcome gaps, schools have always been the battleground on which ideas about…