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Five More Compelling Digital History Projects We Loved in 2016

Last week, I shared five of my ten favorite digital history sites from 2016. Here, without further ado, is the second half of that list. The archive A Liberian Journey collects moving images and still photos of rural Liberian life, made by Harvard scientists and doctors at the behest of Firestone Tire & Rubber Company in 1926. Show More Summary

After 39 Years of Wrongful Imprisonment, Ricky Jackson Is Finally Free

Locked up for a murder he didn't commit, he served the longest sentence of any U.S. inmate found to be innocent

The Injustice of Japanese-American Internment Camps Resonates Strongly to This Day

During WWII, 120,000 Japanese-Americans were forced into camps, a government action that still haunts victims and their descendants

Visit These Ten Sites Celebrating Major Anniversaries in 2017

From Jane Austen’s 200th anniversary to the foundation of Denali National Park, there are plenty of events to fill your calendar

Why we built an artificial cave to teach our students about ancient art

There are hundreds of books with illustrations of the earliest human artworks. Images of bison, mammoth, lions and horses from famous cave sites like Chauvet, Lascaux, Altamira and Rouffignac shine out from these pages.

“There is no undoing this gordian knot”

We left twentysomethings Angelica Schuyler and John Carter in the house of her mother’s family near Albany, New York, in July 1777.They had just eloped and were hoping that her father, Gen. Philip Schuyler, would accept their marriage.The couple had apparently asked the general in advance for his permission to wed, and he had refused. Show More Summary

First 18th c. American true porcelain bowl found in Philadelphia

The Chinese figured out how to make hard-paste or true porcelain, the finest ceramic known for its hardness and translucency, in the 7th century. It would take almost another thousand years, in the 16th century under the Ming Dynasty, for fine Chinese porcelain to be exported to Europe in significant quantities. There it was admired [...]

Robert E. Lee and his Body Servant Sell Washing Machines

Confederate generals such as Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson were used to sell a wide range of consumer goods at the turn of the twentieth century throughout the South […]

This 3,500-Year-Old Greek Tomb Upended What We Thought We Knew About the Roots of Western Civilization

The recent discovery of the grave of an ancient soldier is challenging accepted wisdom among archaeologists

A Hurricane Destroyed This Louisiana Resort Town, Never to Be Inhabited Again

The destruction of Isle Derniere resonates as history’s warning for our era of rising seas

Noisy French Ladies at the Theater

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Lady Jane Grey: ‘If her fortune had been as good, as was her bringing up …’

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“I have found a wealthy husband”?

Folks who spotted the name of Angelica Schuyler in yesterday’s posting might immediately have thought of last year’s Broadway sensation Hamilton. Angelica is a major supporting role in the play. Renée Elise Goldsberry first played the role and won a Tony Award for it. Show More Summary

Now You Know: Why Did Americans Start Naming Their Babies After the President?

"Yes we named it after you," one father of a boy named John wrote to then-Senator Kennedy in 1960

Will of 12th c. Georgian king on display for the 1st time

The Simon Janashia Museum of Georgia in Tbilisi, Georgia, has put on display the only surviving fragment of the last will and testament of the 12th century King of Georgia, David the Builder. The Georgia’s Medieval Treasury exhibition “showcases Georgian Christian art that reflected the unity and continuity of cultural traditions and formed the basis [...]

Review: The Imperial Banner by Nick Brown Book Two in the Agent of Rome series

History resource article by Mary Harrsch © 2017 When we left Imperial Agent Cassius Corbulo at the end of "The Siege", Book One of the "Agent of Rome" series, a teenaged Corbulo had survived the brutal attack on a lonely Roman outpost deep in the Syrian desert by forces of the Palmyran Queen Zenobia. Show More Summary

Did a Fire Sink the Titanic? These 7 Other Factors Could Have Also Played a Role

The iceberg gets too much credit for the sinking of the famous ship, according to some theories

Camp Slaves in Print

Just finished writing about this wonderful print published by the New York engraver John Chester Buttre. Many of you are no doubt familiar with Prayer in “Stonewall” Jackson’s Camp (1866). […]

6 Presidents Who Gained Support From Opposition Leaders

History suggests it’s possible for a president to work with opposition leaders in Congress

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