Children in Halloween costumes in the 1920s.

Anthropology: The History and Evolution of Halloween in the United States

Every year in the United States people all over the country celebrate Halloween on October 31st. On Halloween most children dress up in costumes and spend the night trick-or-treating. Halloween is not just for kids though. People of all ages … Continue reading Anthropology: The History and Evolution of Halloween in the United States

Incarcerated men working in fields.

Anthropology: The History of Mass Incarceration in the United States and Its Connection to Racism

Modern imprisonment was created in London, England on the ideas of a philosopher named Jeremy Bentham. Before his ideas, prison was just a place to hold a prisoner until their actual punishment could be carried out. Punishment for crimes before … Continue reading Anthropology: The History of Mass Incarceration in the United States and Its Connection to Racism

A depiction of the first Thanksgiving.

Anthropology: The History and Cultural Meaning of Thanksgiving Day

In the United States, Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday. What is known as the first Thanksgiving celebration in the colonies occurred in 1621 between the Plymouth colonists and Wampanoag Native Americans who were sharing an autumn harvest feast. For … Continue reading Anthropology: The History and Cultural Meaning of Thanksgiving Day