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The North’s Air Force During the American Civil War

The North’s Air Force During the American Civil War

Emily Upton April 1, 2014 1

Today I found out about the Union Army Balloon Corps. If you thought that air warfare was reserved for a time after airplanes were invented, you thought wrong. During the American Civil War, the

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The Last Gasp of the Vietnam War: Operation Frequent Wind

The Last Gasp of the Vietnam War: Operation Frequent Wind

Melissa March 31, 2014 2

Over two days in April 1975, as the forces of the North Vietnamese Army were poised to take the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon, members of the U.S. armed forces, its embassy in South

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Why Native Americans Didn’t Wipe Out Europeans With Diseases

Why Native Americans Didn’t Wipe Out Europeans With Diseases

Emily Upton March 26, 2014 13

Greg H. asks: Diseases from Europe wiped out most of the Indians, so why didn’t the Europeans also get wiped out by diseases from America? While estimates vary, approximately 20 million people are believed

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The Stanford Prison Experiment

The Stanford Prison Experiment

Melissa March 24, 2014 2

In the summer of 1971, on the campus of one of the nation’s top universities and under the supervision of a faculty member, 11 students tortured 10 others over a six-day period, all in

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The Deadly Glasgow Ice Cream Wars

The Deadly Glasgow Ice Cream Wars

Kathy Padden March 11, 2014 0

In the east end of Glasgow during the 1980s there were epic conflicts between warring ice cream truck operators over turf that came to be known as the Glasgow Ice Cream Wars. These conflicts

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The Great Depression and Scrabble

The Great Depression and Scrabble

Tegan Jones March 11, 2014 3

There aren’t a great number of positive things that can be attributed to the Great Depression. However, Scrabble is a game that probably wouldn’t have existed without it.  It all began with an unemployed

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The Coushatta Massacre

The Coushatta Massacre

Melissa March 6, 2014 0

For a few bloody weeks in August and September 1874, in an effort to retake control of their communities, white supremacists rampaged across Louisiana. By the time the smoke cleared (and federal troops arrived),

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The Large Number of Human Remains Found In Ben Franklin’s Basement

The Large Number of Human Remains Found In Ben Franklin’s Basement

Matt Blitz March 6, 2014 7

For eighteen years, Ben Franklin, the great American inventor, diplomat, and signer of the Declaration of Independence, was a tenant in a beautiful four story Georgian house at 36 Craven Street in London, mere

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The Huguenots vs. the French Catholics: The St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

The Huguenots vs. the French Catholics: The St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre

Melissa March 4, 2014 0

Beginning on August 24, 1572 and lasting for nearly two months afterward, tens of thousands of men, women and children were slaughtered across France as part of an ongoing war to decide whose Jesus

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Sergeant Stubby: The Most Decorated Dog of WWI

Sergeant Stubby: The Most Decorated Dog of WWI

Emily Upton February 27, 2014 3

Today I found out about Sergeant Stubby, the most decorated war dog of WWI. When he was a puppy in 1917, Stubby was wandering around the fields of Yale University. Private Robert J. Conroy

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A Brief History of the Social Welfare Net

A Brief History of the Social Welfare Net

Melissa February 26, 2014 1

Over the past several years, the debate over the efficacy and implementation of the Affordable Care Act has highlighted the deep divides in the U.S. over the need for, and cost of, the entire

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When Did Teen Girls Stop Commonly Getting Married?

When Did Teen Girls Stop Commonly Getting Married?

Melissa February 18, 2014 1

Jamie M asks: When did having young teenage girls marry stop being so widespread? A long, long time ago. Marriage in the Ancient World In the Western world (and generally speaking) before imperial Rome,

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The Fascinating History of Eugenics

The Fascinating History of Eugenics

Melissa February 13, 2014 15

The name deriving from the Greek “eugenes,” meaning “well-born,” it should be no surprise that “eugenics” seeks to engineer a better human race by purposefully selecting good traits, and eliminating bad ones, as is

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The First Battery

The First Battery

Melissa February 12, 2014 1

Fourteen cm in height and eight around, the world’s first battery looked more like primitive pre-Columbian art than an amazing piece of ancient technology. Although most experts agree that the device produced electricity, there

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The Real Monuments Men

The Real Monuments Men

Matt Blitz February 12, 2014 3

War is ugly. Especially in contrast to the beauty of centuries-old European art. That was the very the reason that the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program was established in 1943, to protect fine

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One of the Greatest Scientists of the 20th Century You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

One of the Greatest Scientists of the 20th Century You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Matt Blitz February 10, 2014 1

There’s a perception that religion and science go together about as well as mayonnaise and marshmallows. In some instances, this is, perhaps, true. But on a typically warm Southern California January in 1933 at

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The Ludlow Massacre

The Ludlow Massacre

Melissa February 7, 2014 0

On April 20, 1914, up to two-dozen people were killed in a tent village adjacent to the Ludlow Coal Mine in Ludlow, Colorado. This massacre of striking workers and their families is widely seen

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The Sacking of Osceola

The Sacking of Osceola

Melissa February 6, 2014 1

In 1861 in southwestern Missouri, near its border with Kansas, the city of Osceola was sacked by rabid anti-slavery jayhawkers (from Kansas). When the looting and burning were over, ten people were dead and

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