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Review: Betrayal Book 1 of the Centurions trilogy by Anthony Riches

A history resource article by Mary Harrsch © 2017After reading nine books in Riches' "Empire" series, I had to do an about face when I began to read Betrayal, Book 1 of his "Centurions" trilogy. Not only was I transported back almost...Show More Summary

Cool Britannia: TV drama doesn’t capture the story being unearthed of the Roman invasion

The new TV series Britannia airing now (produced for Sky Atlantic in the UK, screening on Foxtel’s Showcase in Australia) is undoubtedly influenced by the scale and success of Game of Thrones. Created by acclaimed English playwrightShow More Summary

Are You Ready for a Cabinet Meeting?

For Presidents Day, we look in on George Washington’s meetings with his cabinet on 1-2 Aug 1793.The issue on the table was what to do about Edmond-Charles Genet, the French diplomat who was stirring up support of Revolutionary France, resentment of Britain, and friction within the U.S. Show More Summary

The Bond Between Mary Todd Lincoln and Her Seamstress

The connection between first lady Mary Todd Lincoln and her African-American seamstress Elizabeth Keckley was a remarkably strong one

Presidents’ Day Quiz: Can You Put the U.S. Presidents In Order?

While Presidents’ Day was originally declared a federal holiday for the District of Columbia in 1879 to commemorate George Washington’s birthday (and is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday”) it is now widely celebrated in honor of all U.S. presidents. But some presidents are more memorable than others. We all know Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln,…

Was Bentham on the Autism Spectrum?

Last year I relayed the news that British philosopher and social reformer Jeremy Bentham’s body was coming to America for a museum exhibit.To be exact, Bentham’s clothed skeleton will be in display in New York at the Breuer branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Show More Summary

New to the Civil War Memory Library, 02/17

David W. Blight ed., When This Cruel War Is Over: The Civil War Letters of Charles Harvey Brewster (University of Massachusetts Press, 1992). John A. Farrell, Richard Nixon: The Life (Vintage, 2017). Noam Maggor, Brahmin Capitalism: Frontiers of Wealth and Populism in America’s First Gilded Age (Harvard University Press, 2017). Bryant Simon, The Hamlet Fire: […]

“And shout, and shout, and shout, and shout, for brave AMERICA”

This broadside shown on the website of the Library of Congress could be the first printing of the words to “The New Massachusetts Liberty Song.” (I think the original is at the Historical Society of Pennsylvania.)The sheet might even have been created for Josiah Flagg’s 13 Feb 1770 concert, the first time we know that song was publicly performed. Show More Summary

Why Americans Started Buying Military-Style Weapons Like the One Used in the Florida Shooting

This is how the weapon used in the Parkland school shooting went from something used in the military to something almost anyone could buy

Some Stories about George Washington Are Just Too Good to Be True

But there's a kernel of truth to many of them because Washington was a legend in his own time

Chester A. Arthur Is the Most Forgotten President in U.S. History, According to Science

"Unless you are associated with a really famous event, you will probably be forgotten"

The Indomitable Spirit of American POWs Lives On in These Vietnam Prison Keepsakes

For seven years an internee at the infamous "Hanoi Hilton," Congressman Sam Johnson entrusts his story to the Smithsonian

A Crusader-Era High Altar Resurfaces in Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulcher

This reminder of centuries-old history was sitting in plain sight all along

“With a tow row, row row, row row, to the British Grenadiers”

Just as “The Liberty Song” and “The Massachusetts Liberty Song” were written to a popular and patriotic tune, the song that Josiah Flagg debuted in February 1770 also consisted of new lyrics to an established melody. The source was “The British Grenadiers,” referred to as “The Granadeer’s March” by 1706. Show More Summary

The Axeman of New Orleans Preyed on Italian Immigrants

A mysterious serial killer prowled in a city rife with xenophobia and racism

Workshop on New England Slavery and Freedom, 26-27 Mar.

The Center for Reconciliation has announced a two-day workshop on “Interpreting Slavery and Freedom in New England,” to be held in Providence, Rhode Island, on 26-27 March.The organization says this event is designed to let participants: Explore the history of African and Indigenous/Native American peoples in New England. Show More Summary

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