Project Mercury: The History and Legacy of America’s First Human Spaceflight Program

The successful Apollo 11 mission was certainly an astonishing technological triumph, but what is less well remembered now are that many programs preceded Apollo and were...

Gangs of Chinatown, The: The History and Legacy of Chinese Street Gangs in America

Chinese gangs have been a part of the fabric of American Chinatowns since the first Chinese immigrants arrived in the nineteenth century to work on the railroads. Faced with...

Book of Revelation, The: The History and Legacy of the Apocalyptic Final Book of the Bible

About 2,000 years ago, a prophet named John wrote a book about his strange visions while he was in Patmos, a small Greek island in the Aegean Sea. This John, the Seer, the...

Impeachment of Andrew Johnson, The: The History and Legacy of the First Attempt to Impeach an American President

During the presidential campaign in 1864, the outcome of the Civil War was still very much in doubt, and while the Republicans renominated Lincoln for the presidency, they made...

Hussite Wars, The: The History and Legacy of the Conflicts Between the Catholics and Protestants in Central Europe

The 15th century was a pivotal era for Europe, during which it transitioned from a social and religious union under Christendom into a disparate collection of nation-states, and...

Pleistocene Era, The: The History of the Ice Age and the Dawn of Modern Humans

The Pleistocene spans a period from around 2.5 mya to just over 12,000 years ago, and it was an epoch of enormous change on Earth, mainly characterized by climate changes...

Apollonius of Tyana: The Life and Legacy of the Influential Ancient Greek Philosopher

Even after Greek power waned, the Romans borrowed Greek culture, so it should come as little surprise that various Greeks continued to be influential in antiquity. In fact, if...

Powder River Expedition of 1865, The: The History of the Controversial Campaign against Native Americans in the Montana and Dakota Territories

In response to Sioux raids along the Bozeman Trail, the United States Army closed the trail in 1865 to mount the Powder River Expedition against the Sioux alliance that kept...

Holodomor, The: The History and Legacy of the Ukrainian Famine Engineered by the Soviet Union

Famine – one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse in the Book of Revelation – continues to be one of the most crippling and destructive scourges of humanity. This...

Beavers and Plumes: The History of the Trade and Conflicts Over Beaver Hats and Feathered Hats

Though the importance of hats is easy to overlook, it was deadly serious in more ways than one, impacting the beavers and birds used to make fashionable hats, the environment of...

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