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Kidnapped on the Frontier

by Bob Drury & Tom Clavin Daniel Boone heard the piercing shrieks coming from the river and recognized them as only a parent could. He was too late to see a group of Native Americans carry off his daughter Jemima … Read the article The post Kidnapped on the...

Leszek Kolakowski: “Totalitarian Regimes Seek Control Of Human Memory”

Ex-Communist Polish philosopher Leszek Kolakowski once said “we learn history not in order to know how to behave or how to succeed, but to know who we are”. This idea of a cultural memory is something any society is aware of, it defines where we came from and guides...

A Tour of the Belasco Theatre

by Mariah Fredericks It’s always wonderful when a novel becomes a cheap excuse to do a deep dive into a subject near and dear to your heart. When researching Death of a Showman, the fourth Jane Prescott mystery, I was … Read the article The post A Tour of the Belasco...

Kidnapped on the Frontier

by Bob Drury & Tom Clavin Daniel Boone heard the piercing shrieks coming from the river and recognized them as only a parent could. He was too late to see a group of Native Americans carry off his daughter Jemima … Read the article The post Kidnapped on the...

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A Tour of the Belasco Theatre

by Mariah Fredericks It’s always wonderful when a novel becomes a cheap excuse to do a deep dive into a subject near and dear to your heart. When researching Death of a Showman, the fourth Jane Prescott mystery, I was … Read the article The post A Tour of the Belasco...

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The Escape of the Nine

by Gwen Strauss The Nine follows the true story of author Gwen Strauss’s great aunt Hélène Podliasky, who led a band of nine female resistance fighters as they escaped a German forced labor camp and made a ten-day journey across … Read the article The post The Escape...

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The Philadelphia: Our Most Evocative National Relic

by Jack Kelly I have traveled to Revolutionary-era battlefields and forts. I’ve examined countless eighteenth-century muskets, uniforms, swords, and shoe buckles. I’ve looked at the original Declaration of Independence in the National Archives. Yet a single artifact...

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An Uncensored History of the ’80s Hard Rock Explosion

by Tom Beaujour and Richard Bienstock Hard rock in the 1980s was a hedonistic and often intensely creative wellspring of escapism that perfectly encapsulated—and maybe even helped to define—a spectacularly over-the-top decade. The following photos reflect some of the...

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Here’s the Catch: Pathway to the Majors

By Ron Swoboda In Here’s the Catch, right fielder Ron Swoboda tells the story of the Mets’ miraculous 1969 World Series win, the incredible season leading up to that moment, the people he played with and against (sometimes at the … Read the article The post Here’s the...

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Inside the March Journal of American History

The March 2021 issue of the JAH is now available online for subscribers. Three outstanding articles, previewed below, anchor this month’s issue, including Dylan C. Penningroth’s article, “Everyday Use: A History of Civil Rights in Black Churches,” which is freely...

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The New King: George I of Great Britain

by Peter Ackroyd In the following excerpt from Revolution, Peter Ackroyd transports readers to England in 1714, where Prince George of Germany is about to be crowned King George I of Great Britain. George I of Great Britain as painted… Read the article The post The...

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Massive Dehumanization Led To Mass Killing In WW2

Massive Dehumanization Led To Mass Killing In WW2

When the war ended in 1945 Stalin’s Red Army didn’t magically call it quits and head back home to the East. They used the opportunity to seize new land, tons of it. One of the first places this took place was in East Prussia. There Soviet soldiers engaged in a massive...

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2021 JAH Women’s History Index

In honor of Women’s History Month, we are pleased to reissue the JAH Women’s History Index. First published in 2020, the index includes every article of women’s history printed in this journal since its inception as the Mississippi Valley Historical Review more than...

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The Watergate Girl: Joining the Team

by Jill Wine-Banks Obstruction of justice, the specter of impeachment, sexism at work, shocking revelations: Jill Wine-Banks takes us inside her trial by fire in The Watergate Girl as a Watergate prosecutor. Read an excerpt below. Watergate Prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks…...

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Celebrating Women’s History Month in 2021

by The History Reader In 1981, Congress declared the week of March 7th as “Women’s History Week.” This was between second and third-wave feminism, so people did not think one week was enough. After many petitions, Congress officially dedicated the … Read the article...

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This Historian Said Why Civilizations Really Collapse

Historian Arnold Toynbee studied 19 major civilizations in his research for A Study of History. Toynbee concluded that civilizations are made from their responses to challenges in their respective natural environments. This is important to remember, because why...

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