Historian David Okrent new book The Guarded Gate is about how the junk science of eugenics and anti-immigration sentiment merged in a 1924 restrictive law that kept Jews, italians, Greeks and Eastern Europeans.
The story of John and Will Kellogg who co-created ready to eat breakfast cereals, like cornflakes. John was a 7th Day Adventist and physician who ran a sanitarium that pioneered the wellness movement. Will Kellogg, the younger brother was the industrial and marketing brains behind Kellogg cereal.
Historian Jill Lepore writes about the early history of the birth control and abortion movements in this week's New Yorker. "I think it's easy to lose perspective [that] actually the arguments made by one side or another have switched sides over time more than once," she says.