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  • Pocahontas: The Real Story

    From the U.S. History Scene by Sarah Moazeni: A young and statuesque Native American woman risks her life and the anger of her powerful father for a handsome and daring Englishman who sounds strangely like Mel Gibson.   They are parted… Read More ›

  • Why cross-country running needs to honor both team and individual champions in one race?

    From Sport in American History by Andrew Boyd Hutchinson: Current dispute between sponsors Nike and Foot Locker threatens to create a schism in high school cross-country racing in the US.  The sport of cross-country running began almost exactly 200 years ago[2] at… Read More ›

  • What Was the Importance of Ziggurats in Ancient Mesopotamia?

    The people of ancient Mesopotamia practiced a religion that modern scholars are only just now beginning to understand and the physical focal point of their religion were the monumental, triangular structures known as ziggurats. Today, many people like to compare… Read More ›

  • Climate Calamity: Lice, Typhus, and Gender in Mexico

    From Nursing Clio by Rocio Gomez: By tucking themselves away in the corners of beds and the folds of clothes, insects have long evolved alongside humans. Mites, ticks, fleas, bedbugs, lice—they all feast happily on blood, leaving humans with the… Read More ›

  • How it all began: the Remarkable Life of Stephen Hawking

    From by Martin Rees: Soon after I enrolled as a graduate student at Cambridge University in 1964, I encountered a fellow student, two years ahead of me in his studies, who was unsteady on his feet and spoke with… Read More ›

  • “Hail, Liberty!”

    From American Heritage by David McCullough: Its size alone no doubt would have been enough to guarantee the Statue of Liberty affection right from the start in 1886, the year it was completed. Bigger was surely better in the eyes… Read More ›

  • Why Einstein became a touchstone of all that is wise?

    From Aeon by Andrew Robinson author of Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity In late 2017, a sheet of paper bearing a 13-word sentence in German in the original handwriting of Albert Einstein went on sale at an auction house… Read More ›

  • How did Stalin become the leader of the Soviet Union?

    How and when did Joseph Stalin come to power? Stalin is remembered as one of the bloodiest tyrants in the history of the world. He was the absolute ruler of the Soviet Union and later of the Communist bloc in… Read More ›

  • A Brief History of Sanctuary Cities

    From Tropics of Meta by H. Robert Baker author of Prigg v. Pennsylvania: Slavery, the Supreme Court, and the Ambivalent Constitution :   As everyone with a Twitter feed already knows, Donald J. Trump is no friend of immigrants. In a spate… Read More ›

  • Reinterpreting the Weimar Republic

    From History Today by Colin Storer author of A Short History of the Weimar Republic (I.B. Tauris, 2013): The Universal Pictures film adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s anti-war novel All Quiet on the Western Front had its German premiere at the Mozart Hall in… Read More ›