American politics was not always dominated by Conservative Republicans and Liberal Democrats. Not only were other political parties once active in the United States, but the ideologies of the two major parties were quite different than they are today.
George Washington was a slave owner who famously freed his slaves in his will. For more than a hundred years afterward, African American men claimed to be his only surviving body servant. But were they truly his slaves?
A titanic work and an excellent reference source for the ships of the French royal navy, "French Warships in the Age of Sail 1626-1786" could have used some additional detail for ship characteristics. It is a specialized tome, which is largely unnecessary for most readers.
This review will explain how this book is a brilliantly descriptive, detailed, and well written exposé on the disastrous French 1746 New Brunswick Expedition, which provides an irreplaceable view on operations and leadership of the French Navy.
Kidnapped by the Shawnee during the French and Indian War, courageous pioneer woman Mary Draper Ingles escaped captivity in Kentucky and walked over 500 miles up the Ohio and New Rivers to her home in Blacksburg, Virginia.
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin was a pioneering astrophysicist and one of the preeminent women astronomers of all time. During the 1920s she derived the cosmic abundance of the elements from stellar spectra and demonstrated for the first time that hydrogen and helium were the most abundant elements.
William Penn was a seventeenth-century English Quaker, an advocate of civil and religious liberty, and founder of the colony of Pennsylvania. Under his guidance, the colony of Pennsylvania became prosperous and the city of Philadelphia was laid out and developed.
The important events in the life of the explorer Christopher Columbus are given in a timeline. The events are illustrated with United States Postage Stamps and Coins.
They were women pilots who went into battle using plywood biplanes. They faced frostbite and bullets when flying. On the ground, they faced sexual harassment and skepticism. Known as the Night Witches, they were some of the most feared pilots of the Russian Air Force during World War II.
Though Christopher Columbus was not the first European to discover North America, he was the first to map parts of two new continents and begin the process of Spanish colonization of the New World.
It is estimated that 90 percent of Americans have a microwave oven. Percy Spencer was an engineer testing a military gadget called the magnetron. During the test, Spencer put his hand in his pocket and realized his snack had melted. Spencer then used the magnetron with other snack items.
Jonathan R. Dull's book on the French navy is mistitled and is really more about the Seven Years' War written around the objectives and needs of the French Navy—much different than what it advertises, but it is very well done.
Wilhelm Röntgen was a German physicist and mechanical engineer. He created and then detected electromagnetic radiation on November 8, 1895. This was done in a way to produce images using X-rays. He was awarded the 1901 Nobel Prize in Physics for his achievements.
During World War II, Lyudmila Pavlichenko was a sniper with the Soviet Red Army. She accumulated over 300 confirmed kills. Pavlichenko has the distinction of being the most lethal female sniper in military history.
Rebecca Lee Crumpler was an American author and physician. In 1864, after completing her course of studies at the New England Female Medical College, she became the first African-American female to be a doctor of medicine.
Did Adolf Hitler really commit suicide in the Führerbunker during the last days of WWII?
Agent 355 was the code name for a female spy who served during the Revolutionary War. She was one of the first people to conduct spy operations on behalf of the Colonial Army. Her true identity remains a mystery.
John Logie Baird was a Scottish electrical engineer and inventor. On January 26, 1926, he demonstrated his newest invention. It was the world's first working television broadcast system. Nobody at that time realized the impact television would have on society.
John Chapman was better known as Johnny Appleseed. He is recognized as an American pioneer nurseryman. He is responsible for introducing apple trees in various places around the United States as well as Canada.
Sybil Ludington was 16 when she rode her horse sidesaddle all night to warn local townspeople of British forces attacking Danbury, Connecticut. She rode twice as far as Paul Revere. Sybil Ludington is considered a true heroine of the Revolutionary War.
This article explores life in Poteau, Oklahoma, during the late 1800s.
This article tells a tale of some of the first white settlers in the Indigenous American territory near the base of Cavanal Hill in Poteau.
Mary Edwards Walker was a surgeon during the Civil War. Because of her dedication to treating the wounded on the battlefield, she was awarded the medal of honor.
For centuries, inventors and charlatans have made claims to have created a machine that never stops.
Madam C. J. Walker was the first female in the United States to become a self-made millionaire. She developed and marketed cosmetics, hair care products, and more.
In the 1840s, Ada Lovelace wrote an algorithm for a computing machine known as the analytical engine. She is considered the world's first computer programmer. Learn about her life, career, death, and legacy here.
Deborah Sampson disguised herself as a man to fight as a soldier during the Revolutionary War. Her service made her the only female to receive a full military pension for her service in the war.