Whig Party, The: The History and Legacy of the Influential Political Party in 19th Century America

The Missouri Compromise of 1820 staved off the slavery crisis for the time being, but by setting a line that excluded slave states above the parallel, it would also become...

19th Century America’s Most Influential Naval Officers: The Lives, Careers, and Battles of Stephen Decatur, Oliver Hazard Perry, David Farragut, David Dixon Porter, and George Dewey

Americans had few things to celebrate during the Barbary Wars or the War of 1812, but one of them was the growing prestige of the U.S. Navy, and among those who were instrumental...

David Dixon Porter: The Life and Legacy of the Distinguished Union Rear Admiral during the Civil War

Americans have long been fascinated by the Civil War, marveling at the size of the battles, the leadership of the generals, and the courage of the soldiers. Since the war's...

Operation Rolling Thunder: The History of the American Bombardment of North Vietnam at the Start of the Vietnam War

The seeds of Operation Rolling Thunder, America’s elaborately constrained air war against North Vietnam, appeared almost from the first moment that the USA inherited the...

Triassic Period, The: The History and Legacy of the Geologic Era that Witnessed the Rise of Dinosaurs

Scientists have long attempted to understand Earth’s past, and in service to that effort, they have divided the world’s history into eons, eras, periods, epochs and ages....

Flavian Dynasty, The: The History of the Roman Empire during the Reigns of Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian

The 12 months known in history as the Year of the Four Emperors was a pivotal chapter in the long epoch of the Roman Empire. It marked the tumultuous end of the Julio-Claudian...

United States Camel Corps, The: The History of the U.S. Army's Use of Camels in the Southwest during the 19th Century

In the 1850s, Americans widely believed that the area from the 97th Meridian to the Rocky Mountains was vast, sterile, and useless, fit only for wandering natives and something...

Lawrence Welk: The Life and Legacy of the Famous Bandleader and Television Host

By the mid-20th century, a musical revolution was stirring, and a generation that had not fought in the wars was ready to put the sorrows of the previous 50 years away. Requiring...

1889-1890 Flu Pandemic, The: The History of the 19th Century’s Last Major Global Outbreak

The first known influenza pandemic may have occurred in China in 6000 BCE, and the renowned Greek physician Hippocrates described the symptoms of influenza around 600 BCE. The...

Sulla: The Controversial Life and Legacy of the Roman Dictator

It’s quite possible that none of what Caesar did would’ve happened without the template for such actions being set by Lucius Cornelius Sulla 40 years earlier. At the time,...

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