Sarah Hurd

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These women were the toughest performers in the Wild West

Don’t try horse diving at home<p>Civil War hero Buffalo Bill Cody changed the face of entertainment when his Wild West show began touring the country in …

War

Roanoke colony mystery: Could this strange rock reveal the settlers' fate?

Scientists are planning to take a fresh look at an engraved rock purported to hold the key to the mysterious “lost colony” of Roanoke.<p>Described as “the coldest case in American history,” the fate of more than 100 English settlers of the 16th century on Roanoke Island, N.C., has long baffled …

How Special Paint On The Hood Of The World War II Jeep Protected Soldiers' Lives

If you’ve ever seen a picture of a World War II Jeep with brown paint between the points of its “invasion star,” you might have assumed it was just …

How to Become a Medieval Knight

In medieval society a knight enjoyed a position of high status and often wealth, they were feared on the battlefield and known for their chivalry off …

The best parts of your childhood probably involved things today’s kids will never know

The endless stretch of a lazy summer afternoon. Visits to a grandparent’s house in the country. Riding your bicycle through the neighborhood after dark. These were just a few of the revealing answers from more than 400 Twitter users in response to a question: “What was a part of your childhood that …

Mobile Devices

How Vasili Arkhipov Literally Saved The World From Cold War Nuclear Armageddon

At the height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, Soviet submarine commander Vasili Arkhipov had the power to decide or not World War III would begin. He …

David Hogg's Graduation Day Tweet Thanks His Teacher For A Truly Useful Skill

As high school students become college students, they're still years away from actually having to finish school and get a job where they'll need to …

Greece’s Corinth Canal: The Complete Guide

Most travelers are familiar with many of the great man-made canals of the world like the Panama Canal and the Suez Canal. These two great canals are …

Vogue Arabia cover featuring Saudi princess sparks backlash

<b>(CNN) —</b> The cover of Vogue Arabia's June issue, featuring a Saudi princess lounging in the driver's seat of a red convertible, has drawn widespread criticism following a string of arrests of women's rights activists.<p>The June issue, which claims to be "a celebration of the trailblazing women of …

Middle East

Leisure in an English Medieval Castle

Thanks to their favoured position in life and the labour of the peasants on their estates, nobles in an English medieval castle had plenty of leisure …

Teaching in the New (Abundant) Economy of Information

But far from devaluing the role of the modern teacher, the new economy of information has freed teachers from their role as “font of knowledge” and …

Italy’s Political Crisis Is Rattling Europe. Here’s What You Need to Know.

Italy’s government plunged into crisis on Sunday, sending shockwaves from Brussels to Wall Street. The problem took root in March, when Italy became …

Commentary: Why neutral, peaceful Sweden is preparing for war | Reuters

Over the last two weeks, every household in Sweden received a booklet of instructions on how to prepare for war. Issued by the government and including instructions for every Swedish resident to resist an invader by all means necessary, it was a dramatic sign of just how quickly the recently …

Europe

Hey, NFL, I’m an active duty Army officer and your new anthem rule leaves me with lots of questions

The decision by NFL team owners this week to allow the league to levy fines on their teams when players kneel or otherwise act disrespectfully on the field during playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” leaves me with mixed feelings, particularly as we approach Memorial Day.<p>As a soldier, I honor our …

Ella Fitzgerald: Breaking down racial barriers with her voice | Smithsonian Music

In the Archives Center, jazz always seems to be a topic of discussion, whether it be a researcher looking for the Duke Ellington Collection or …

Amelia Bloomer Didn’t Mean to Start a Fashion Revolution, But Her Name Became Synonymous With Trousers

In mid-1800s America, everyone agreed women’s clothing posed a problem. The dictates of modesty called for floor-length dresses, and fashion demanded …

Crackdown on immigrants takes a toll on federal judge: 'I have presided over a process that destroys families'

Day in, day out, immigrants shuffle into Judge Robert Brack's courtroom, shackled at the wrist and ankle, to be sentenced for the crime of crossing the border.<p>The judge hands down sentences with a heavy heart. Since he joined the federal bench in 2003, Brack has sentenced some 15,000 defendants, …

These Are the Brilliant Defense Mechanisms of Medieval Castles

<i>There are a lot of places to be curious about, so we started a Curiosity Travel Instagram. Where will your curiosity take you? Follow us!</i><p>Picture …

Why the Very First Treaty Between the United States and a Native People Still Resonates Today

The narrative of the American Revolutionary War is often presented as a story of tidy alliances: Britons and Germans on one side, Americans and …

“The Floor Is Lava” shows how US suburban architecture changed the way American kids play

There’s an easy way to test if someone who grew up in the US has maintained their playful childhood spirit: While walking down the street, surprise your friend by yelling “The floor is lava!” If within three seconds they jump onto the nearest fence or car, congrats: you’ve got a friend still into …

Living Rooms

Aunt Phillis’s Cabin, A Pro-Slavery Response to Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852)

Aunt Phillis’s Cabin, a pro-slavery response to <i>Uncle Tom’s Cabin</i>. Were the exertions of the Abolitionists successful, what would be the result? The …

The American backyard as we know it didn't exist until after World War II

With summer so close you can almost smell the mesquite smoke wafting from your neighbor’s grill, many Americans are setting their minds to clearing …

One Impossible Michael Jackson Dance Move Is Still Mystifying Surgeons

As the King of Pop, Michael Jackson didn’t limit his showmanship to his incredible vocal range or bedazzled costumes. The man had an arsenal of …

Michael Jackson

The Amazing Psychology of Japanese Train Stations

The nation’s famed mastery of rail travel has been aided by some subtle behavioral tricks.<p>It is a scene that plays out each weekday morning across Tokyo. Suit-clad office workers, gaggles of schoolchildren, and other travelers gamely wend their way through the city’s sprawling rail stations.<p>To the …

Trains

If Your Culture Is Broken, You Can’t Fix Anything Else

The most important question a student will ask a teacher is, “Why do I need to know this?” The most important question a teacher can ask a principal …

Pedagogy

This outfit defined an era, created a riot, and was banned by the government

The zoot suit was a subversion of capitalism’s uniform, worn largely by black and hispanic men<p>There’s a picture of a boy in a pinstripe suit standing …

Identity & Community: An Introduction to 6th Grade Social Studies

Lesson 1 of 10<p>Democracy & Civic Engagement<p>By asking the question "Who am I?" students explore the role that identity plays in forming their values, …

Civic Dilemmas

How we define who is like “us” and who is not is an important issue. Questions of sameness and difference are a big part of an individual’s identity …

Critical Practices for Anti-bias Education

As more and more emphasis is placed on improving academic outcomes, it can begin to feel as if there just isn’t enough time for relationship building …