A teen-ager from Germany arrived in New York in 1885 with high aspirations. His descendant is now vying for the Presidency. Historian Ted Widmer offers a fascinating account of the first American Trump(f) at the New Yorker: An Immigrant Named Trump – The New Yorker
In 1919 a wave of molasses traveling at 35mph destroyed an entire Boston neighborhood. Find out about this strange disaster at Atlas Obscura: 100 Wonders: The Great Boston Molasses Flood | Atlas Obscura
At Politico, historian Colin Woodard has a fascinating story of the recent renewal of the city of Des Moines. Read the entire story here: How America’s Dullest City Got Cool
Our parents had wide open spaces all around. We still had nature within reach. Now what? So wonders Daniel Duane in an op-ed in the New York Times: My Dark California Dream – The New York Times
Historians Paul Putz and Lincoln Mullen have created a useful digital map-bibliography of some of the important studies of religion in U.S. cities. (Alas, my articles and book ms. on San Francisco were not books, and hence did not make the cut.) You can find the explanation and links here: Religion in American History: A Bibliography of Urban American Religious History
The Public Religion Research Institute has some interesting statistics on dominant religious groups in major U.S. cities. You can find the data here: The Top Two Religious Groups That Dominate American Cities.