History

A Soldier Explains What It Was Like In the World War I Trenches
October 22, 2014

"The trenches only came up to your knees, and no protection at all; and then there was no food."

Oscar Wilde and Walt Whitman Once Spent an Afternoon Together. Here's What Happened.
October 17, 2014

“I come as a poet to call upon a poet,” Wilde said, when Whitman opened his door. 

This Riveting 1830s Temperance Map Warned Against the Dangers of “Beer Lake”
October 16, 2014

Careful you don't get sucked into Relapse Bay! 

The Suit Is the Greatest British Invention
October 10, 2014

"Nothing else that comes from this pathetically stunted island has had anything like the universal acceptance, reach, or influence of the suit."

An Awesome History of Food as a Weapon, in Cartoons
September 29, 2014

Eve gave Adam the apple and it was all downhill from there.

What If Counterfactuals Never Existed?
Studying history with hypotheticals
September 20, 2014

Studying history with hypotheticals.

The Strange Case of An 18th-Century Sex Change Surgery
A chance discovery leads to one of the earliest known instances of the operation
September 17, 2014

A chance discovery leads to one of the earliest known instances of the operation.

Was the Spiritual Father of the GOP Actually a Democrat?
September 14, 2014

A new history of Lincoln's Republican Party may find favor with liberals, but seems to leave out many details.  

When 'Mistress' Meant 'Mrs.' and 'Miss' Meant 'Prostitute'
The weird history of the female title
September 12, 2014

In the 18th century, ‘Mrs.’ was more likely to indicate a businesswoman than a married woman.

Why Has the American Literary Canon Admitted So Few Historians?
Two mid-century scholars are finally getting their due
September 06, 2014

Two mid-century scholars finally get their due

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