by Tim Roberts
A Hungarian nationalist visited the United States in 1849 to plead the case for an independent, democratic state, inspiring the cause of abolition in America. Today Hungarian-American relations are running in the direction of authoritarianism.
Spiritualism and Suspension Bridges: John Roebling and a Biographer's Sympathy for the Weird 19th Century
by Richard Haw
A biographer of Brooklyn Bridge designer John Roebling expected to write about a genius. He also ended up writing about a complete weirdo, and how one man could be both.
SOURCE: Washington Post
by Sari Altschuler
Writings on long-ago cholera outbreaks contain lessons in navigating unknowns.
by David O. Stewart
The notoriety of the Lincoln assassination has obscured the other Booths in history, but some were as well known as John Wilkes--or even better, at least until he pulled the trigger in the president’s box at Ford’s Theater, 155 years ago this week.
SOURCE: Nursing Clio
by Nyri A. Bakkalian
Who was the Lone Woman in the Kokura Castle town ruins that day in 1866? We don’t know her name, though we know where she died in Kokura.
SOURCE: The New York Times
by David Motadel
The bourgeois are supposed to ensure open, democratic societies. In fact, they rarely have.
SOURCE: Smithsonian Magazine Online
Eighty years after it was patented, the Crock-Pot remains a comforting presence in American kitchens.
Whiskers were so popular in the 19th century that even women wanted to grow sideburns.
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