James Buchanan became president just before the United States plunged into the nation’s most deadly war between the pro-slavery southern states and the anti-slavery northern states. As the southern states seceded from the Union one by one in the last months of his presidency, he helplessly stood by.
Our teachers have always pestered us to use correct punctuation. However, West Virginia hinges on how this particular semicolon in Article IV Section III is interpreted. Is West Virginia legal?
Why Abraham Lincoln, as President of the United States, denied any recognition to Jefferson Davis as the Confederate States president.
The Roman Baths complex in the city of Bath, England, is a major tourist attraction. It offers a fascinating look at the lives of Ancient Romans in Britain.
Nineteen Eighty-Four borrows heavily from historical figures and events. This classic novel serves as a warning against totalitarianism.
Historians agree that artifacts indicate women in ancient Egypt enjoyed larger scale gender equality when compared to women of other civilizations throughout history, including those who lived during more modern eras.
In 1968 Peanuts, the most popular comic strip in history, was still all white. But a concerned schoolteacher convinced Charles Schulz to bring a black kid into the cast.
Ling Zhang's book is a brilliant environmental history to start with, but is really so much more in an excellent history of unintended consequences, government action, human misery, and state organization and action in a forgotten chapter of China's Hebei province's history.
From antiquity till modernity, China was ruled by over 800 emperors. Here are the greatest among all Chinese emperors. The ones credited with China’s growth and survival as a major civilisation.
To drive the Germans out of the city of Zwolle in the Netherlands, the Canadian Army was prepared to level it. French-Canadian Private Leo Major had other plans.
Confederate civilians trapped in Vicksburg during General Ulysses Grant’s 1863 Vicksburg campaign dug caves to avoid the shelling, and were reduced to eating dogs, cats, and rats.
Anti-Semitism, Racial Purity, Reward Vs. Punishment, and Indifference all played a part in the complicity of the Holocaust, but is complicity really that easily defined when in the context of the greatest crime in history?
If one is looking for statistics charts this book on Meiji modernization is an excellent source, but it is generally a strange mixture of being excessively narrow on its main topic and simultaneously diffuse in covering far too much else which is unrelated.
In 1897 Anita Hemmings became the first black graduate of Vassar. But because she was passing for white, when her race was discovered she almost wasn’t allowed to graduate.
A very extensive and fascinating book which covers a host of French foreign policy initiatives in the Interwar period in a refreshingly even handed light through a wide variety of domains, although also limited in focus to a German or at most European context.
An oral storytelling performance can be both entertaining and educational. Prose, poems, and songs can all tell a story. Myths and traditional tales are often shared orally.