History Now: Sarah Stoller

Seven years into my grad program at Berkeley, seven months into my pregnancy, and three weeks into the statewide lockdown, I filed my dissertation.

Moong Dal Bhajias from Meher’s Mum

Meher Mirza’s piece on the Time & Talents cookbook was one of our first pieces here at Contingent. As a special treat for our members, she’s given us this memory of a special dish along with the recipe itself, complete with her mother’s annotations.

Oscar’s Hill

A decades-long quest, bordering on obsession, leads one man to a small village in the Sierra Juarez—and, perhaps, to the Hill of the Jaguar.

Oscar’s Hill, Part 1

One day, in the Mitla library, Oscar Martínez Galindo came across a book that would change his life forever.

Stumbling Stones

Somewhat to my surprise, I didn’t go to my field’s major conference last November. Instead I accompanied a 97-year-old man to the town he fled in 1938.

I’ve Never Seen Anything

How could the Jedi Order vanish from public memory in less than a generation?

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Story-Shaped Things

Historians tell stories about the past. This philosopher thinks those stories are often wrong–and dangerous.

No Refuge

When Congress gave the Secretary of Labor discretion over any immigrant “likely to become a public charge,” they weren’t expecting someone like Frances Perkins.