United States History

Violence in the Capitol: The Beating of Charles Sumner and Jan. 6, 2021

From Tropics of Meta – The Caning of Charles Sumner in the U.S. Senate: White Supremacist Violence in and Pixels But in the mid-nineteenth century, conditions for obtaining second-hand glimpses of dramatic public events were strikingly different. There is no… Read More ›

Death on the Kansas Prairie

From Nursing Clio’s true crime series Killing Clio by Michelle M. Martin With the close of the American Civil War, western states like Kansas teemed with travelers and refugees seeking opportunity and solace as shattered families worked to rebuild their… Read More ›

Third Wave Feminism

Previous DailyHistory articles have discussed the First and Second Wave Feminist Movements. Like Second Wave feminism, Third Wave feminism emerged from some of the failures and conversations left behind from the wave before. While there were many successes of the first two waves, including… Read More ›

Playgrounds through the Years

The playground is something many of us consider intertwined with childhood playtime around many parts of the world. The idea of playgrounds developed in the mid-19th century, as people realized increasingly urban areas needed to create space for children to… Read More ›

How much of Moby Dick was real?

Herman Melville’s Moby Dick (1851) is not only one of the best known but most important works of fiction in United States history. While Melville’s book is undoubtedly fiction, he drew widely from his experiences as a whaler and some incredible stories… Read More ›

Isolationism and the Great Depression

During the 1930s, the combination of the Great Depression and the memory of tragic losses in World War I contributed to pushing American public opinion and policy toward isolationism. Isolationists advocated non-involvement in European and Asian conflicts and non-entanglement in… Read More ›