Bacon’s Rebellion was probably one of the most confusing and intriguing chapters in Jamestown’s history. For many years, historians considered the Virginia Rebellion of 1676 to be the first stirring of revolutionary sentiment in America, which culminated in the American… Read More ›
Trying German and Japanese World War II war criminals
Following World War II, the victorious Allied governments established the first international criminal tribunals to prosecute high-level political officials and military authorities for war crimes and other wartime atrocities. The four major Allied powers—France, the Soviet Union, the United Kingdom,… Read More ›
Harriet Tubman had to Fight for her Military Pension
A legendary figure in American history, Harriet Tubman’s story is well-known and widely celebrated. But her struggle, ultimately unsuccessful, to be compensated by the federal government for her service during the Civil War is less well-known. In 1865, after three years of dedicated service to the United States Army as a nurse, spy, and soldier, she started a long quest to secure the compensation she never received from the government.
The most Contentious Speaker of the House Election in United States History
From Whereas: Stories from the People’s House Blog: Shortly before seven o’clock in the evening, on Saturday, February 2, 1856, Nathaniel P. Banks of Massachusetts, strode to the well of the House, climbed the rostrum’s few steps to the Speaker’s chair, and… Read More ›
How Was Science Practiced in Ancient Babylon?
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Why was Julius Caesar assassinated?
Julius Caesar was one of the best known and prominent figures of the ancient world. He was not only an extraordinary military commander but a cunning political leader. Caesar greatly expanded the Roman Empire, and his conquests changed the future… Read More ›
Why Were the Philistines and Israelites Enemies?
Today, the term “Philistine” has become synonymous with any person or people deemed uncultured, uncouth, and boorish. The word is repeated with little thought to its origin with few people knowing that it is derived from a maligned and often… Read More ›
Solving a Medical Mystery with Oral History Traditions
From JSTOR Daily by James MacDonald: In 1993, in the four corners region of New Mexico, young healthy people began suffering generic flu-like symptoms. Within an eight-week period, ten people had died, their lungs filled with fluid. Many of the… Read More ›
How did Vatican II change the Catholic Church?
In 1959 Pope John XXIII called for an ecumenical council of the Catholic Church that would later be known at Vatican II. As a result of this council, the Catholic Church would dramatically change or reconsider its stance towards the… Read More ›
Nixon, China and the Power of Ping Pong Diplomacy
From We’re History by Sarah Katherine Mergel: In April 1971, table tennis teams from around the globe traveled to Nagoya, Japan, for the World Table Tennis Championships. Amid the games and other events, American player Glenn Cowan somehow found himself… Read More ›
The British, Irish and Lebanese have all claimed descent from the ancient Phoenicians, but ancient Phoenicia never existed.
From Aeon by Josephine Quinn author of In Search of the Phoenicians: Modern nationalism created history as we know it today: what we learn in school, what we study at university, what we read at home is all shaped… Read More ›
How Was the Lighthouse of Alexandria Destroyed?
Of all the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, only the Great Pyramids of Giza in Egypt still remain. War, neglect, and natural disasters have wiped them from the face of the earth with only descriptions left by ancient historians… Read More ›
Dictators, the Books They Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy
From the St. Martin’s Press History Reader by Daniel Kalder author of The Infernal Reader: On Dictators, the Books They Wrote, and Other Catastrophes of Literacy: Since the days of the Roman Empire, dictators have written books, but in the twentieth… Read More ›
How Did Spy Services Develop in England?
Spying has existed since early historical societies in the Middle East, China, and southeast Europe. However, spy services are generally a later development, where groups of government individuals and ultimately agencies within government became responsible for external and internal spying…. Read More ›
What Role Did Inflation Play in the Collapse of the Roman Empire
In the modern world, nation-states, empires, and civilizations are often compared to and judged by the perceived success of Roman culture. There is no doubt that Roman culture was successful and enduring, which has contributed to make Rome the “gold… Read More ›
What were the Root Causes of the Spanish Civil War?
The Spanish Civil War was one of the bloodiest wars in Twentieth Century in Europe. The war was not simply a Spanish affair, but drew in other several other nations, including Italy, Portugal, Germany and the Soviet Union. The war… Read More ›
Mary Seacole: Disease and Care of the Wounded, from Jamaica to the Crimea
From Nursing Clio by Peter Sleeth: While Florence Nightingale is legendary in the history of nursing because of her foundational role in the creation of Western healthcare systems, she was not the only important woman in this history. It is perhaps… Read More ›
How Did Cleopatra Die?
Cleopatra is perhaps one of the most recognized names of all ancient personalities. She is known as a clever temptress who helped reignite the Roman Civil Wars and oversaw the collapse of the Ptolemaic-Egyptian kingdom. Her life and death has… Read More ›
The East India Company: The original corporate raiders
From the Guardian by William Dalrymple author of Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-1842: One of the very first Indian words to enter the English language was the Hindustani slang for plunder: “loot”. According to the… Read More ›
High School Student Activism: Past and Present
From AHA Today by Dionne Danns: As a child, I always enjoyed watching Eyes on the Prize on PBS during Black History Month. I was fascinated both by the history of discrimination and the courageous efforts of young people to fight back… Read More ›