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Mamas, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Neo-Confederates

You can’t make up these stories. The other day I told you about two students who posed waving Confederate flags on the Gettysburg battlefield, along…

Original The War of the Worlds drawings for sale

H. G. Wells first published his groundbreaking alien invasion story The War of the Worlds in serialized form in Pearson’s Magazine from April to December of 1897. The next year the first edition of the complete novel was published Herbert George Wells. It was an immediate success. Translated editions in Dutch, German, Polish, French, Russian [...]

En route to Cyprus

I am currently sitting in Heathrow, eating a mozzarella and tomato croissant, looking out over a runway, admiring the grey, cloudy sky which reminds me quite a bit of Indiana, PA. It has been an…interesting trip so far. My Pittsburgh … Continue reading ?

Eighteenth-Century Developments in the Media

The past week has brought a little flurry of news stories related to eighteenth-century America.National Public Radio interviewed Ed Lengel, chief editor of the big Washington Papers Project at the University of Virginia, about the recent decision to give the same scholarly treatment to Martha Washington’s surviving letters. Show More Summary

Neolithic eel fishing spear with bone prong found at Lolland

The archaeological survey in advance of the construction of the Fehmarn Belt Link tunnel on the Danish island of Lolland has discovered another pre-historic treasure in exceptional condition. After the flint dagger with intact bark handle, the 5,000-year-old gillnets and the flint axe with the intact wood handle, now archaeologists have unearthed a Stone Age [...]

“Already Bought My First Slave” at Gettysburg

I was a bit surprised when a couple of students on my recent Civil War trip attempted to purchase Confederate flags at one of the…

Audubon's Animals of 19th-Century North America, Newly Available for Hi-Res Download

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. The University of Michigan's Special Collections Library has digitized...Show More Summary

Watch out, Peter. David Brooks wants to rob you to pay Paul.

Ronald Reagan in “A Time for Choosing,” the Gipper’s speech for Barry Goldwater in 1964: Welfare spending [is] 10 times greater than in the dark depths of the Depression. We’re spending 45 billion dollars on welfare. Now do a little arithmetic, and you’ll find that if we divided the 45 billion dollars up equally among […]

Disease and the European Conquest of Africa

Sleeping sickness, malaria, and the cattle disease rinderpest all helped set the stage for European colonization.

Taking the General Monk

Yesterday I left the Pennsylvania navy vessel Hyder Ally and the Royal Navy sloop General Monk in the middle of a fight in Delaware Bay on 8 Apr 1782.The young captain of the Hyder Ally, Joshua Barney, told his helmsman to do the opposite of what he ordered and then yelled, “Hard a-port!” The helmsman steered to starboard. Show More Summary

Starring Douglas Fairbanks as Coke Ennyday

While frolicking through silent movie history yesterday, I came across a veritable treasure of a comedic short. It’s called The Mystery of the Leaping Fish and its stars Douglas Fairbanks as Coke Ennyday the “scientific detective,” a parody of Sherlock Holmes who was a cocaine aficionado albeit nowhere near as rabid a one as Mr. [...]

A Headmaster’s Civil War Memory

Last month the headmaster of a middle school in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania took some time from the day to talk with his students about the significance…

Hyder Ally on Patrol in Delaware Bay

In April 1782, the port of Philadelphia was under the protection of an armed ship named Hyder Ally, after Hyder Ali Khan, the sultan of Mysore in India.When I first read this fact, I was struck by how Americans were honoring the Muslim governor of a monarchy on the other side of the world. Show More Summary

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