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The “Black Regiment” in the Newspapers

As I quoted yesterday, the Loyalist refugee Peter Oliver wrote that on entering electoral politics James Otis, Jr., had said, “that it was necessary to secure the black Regiment, these were his Words, & his Meaning was to engage ye.Show More Summary

The Most Beautiful and Intelligent Historical Coffee-Table Books of 2014

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. I'd like to sing the praises of large-format, image-heavy historical books that are creative in approach and gorgeous to peruse. Show More Summary

A Vision of the Utter Chaos That Was Early–19th-Century Firefighting

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. In 19 th -century humorist David Claypoole Johnston’s cartoon “The...Show More Summary

Pharaoh Senebkay died a violent death in battle

Forensic studies on the skeletal remains of Pharaoh Senebkay discovered last year at Abydos have found numerous sharp-force injuries indicating that he died a brutal death in battle. A pharaoh from a weak transitional dynasty in Egypt’s Second Intermediate Period (1650 and 1550 B.C.), Senebkay was beset by enemies to the north — the Canaanite [...]

Blind Kids’ Experiences at the Early–20th-Century Museum of Natural History, in Photos

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. In this group of photographs taken between 1914 and 1927, students...Show More Summary

Hopeful Hand-Embroidered Christmas Cards, Sent Home From the Front During WWI 

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. A recent post on the photo blog The Passion of Former Days alerted...Show More Summary

A Senator’s Open Christmas Letter to the Racially Divided City of Boston, 1974

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. Published in the Boston Herald-American on Dec. 25, 1974 and in the Boston Globe on Dec. Show More Summary

Five of 2014’s Most Compelling Digital History Exhibits and Archives 

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. Like 2013 before it, 2014 brought us a wealth of new digital archives and document-rich historical websites to peruse. Show More Summary

Identity Politics in 1960

The following is the first of three articles adapted from David Nasaw’s The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy, out now from the Penguin Press. John F. Kennedy easily won re-election to the Senate in November 1958 with nearly three-quarters of the votes cast in his favor. Show More Summary

Five More Digital Archives and Historical Exhibits We Loved in 2014

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. Here are five more great digital history sites and archives, new to me in 2014. Show More Summary

Mithras tauroctony, Picasso painting found in Italy

The Carabinieri art theft squad has recovered two major artworks in separate investigations: an early Cubist work by Pablo Picasso and an ancient Roman sculptural group of Mithras slaying the bull, a scene known today as a tauroctony. Only one of them, the sculpture, is known to have been looted. The Picasso painting is currently [...]

When Hillary Was Already Hillary

In politics as in show business, certain public figures attract meanings beyond reason. Often, at the generating core of that vague penumbra of guesswork and exaggeration, lurks a blunt, explicit question, like: “What is a modern woman?” The cloud emanated by such a crude, hidden core is tangential to the person's actual character and work. Show More Summary

A Beautifully Illustrated Costume Catalog From 16th-Century France 

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. These pages are from a small 23-page book of costumes, Figures et fleures peintes, published in France around 1500. Show More Summary

The Last Blood Libel Trial

One hundred years ago today, in a courtroom in Kiev, then part of the Russian Empire, the most famous accused murderer on Earth rose to declare, “I am innocent.” Mendel Beilis, a 39-year-old father of five, had spent more than two years in squalid prison cells waiting to say those words. Show More Summary

More of Peter Oliver on the “Black Regiment”

A month ago I quoted the longest passage in Peter Oliver’s Origin and Progress of the American Rebellion on “Mr. Otis’s black Regiment,” the politicized Congregationalist clergy of Boston. Oliver used the phrase “black Regiment” at other...Show More Summary

How Photographers Tried to Capture the Terror of Night Zeppelin Raids During WWI

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. This “record” of a 1915 zeppelin raid on London is a fabrication,...Show More Summary

Where was William Lloyd Garrison?

Exactly four years after he had surrendered Fort Sumter to the Confederates, Union officer Robert Anderson returned to Charleston to help once again raise the U.S. flag over the now-ruined harbor fortifications.  Following an emotional mid-day...Show More Summary

Commemorating Richmond’s Fall and Liberation

What I wouldn’t give to be in Richmond, Virginia this coming week for the 150th anniversary of the city’s fall and liberation. There are a…

Who Wrote JFK's Inaugural?

In my childhood imagination, John F. Kennedy slotted somewhere below DiMaggio and above De Niro in a loose ranking of latter-day American deities. When I was just a toddler, the late president left a lasting impression on me, literally,...Show More Summary

A List of Diseases and Afflictions Suffered By Young Factory Workers in Chicago, 1895

The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. This list from the 1895 book Hull-House Maps and Papers, put together...Show More Summary

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