The Social Historian

By Barbara J Starmans | The Social Historian is a longform story website featuring social history themed articles from across the centuries and around the world.

Terrible Murder of a Policeman

<b>In the darkest hours of Saturday morning on 28 February 1885 near Weatheroak Hill near Kings Norton, James Davies of the Worcestershire constabulary</b> …

Crime

Hurricane Hazel

Overcast with rain today and tonight. Mostly cloudy Saturday with a few showers.Toronto Star, 15 October 1954<p>They said it might rain; they said it …

Weather

Black Sheffield

<i>George Brown was my great-great-grandfather. While I know quite a bit about</i> <b>George and Ann Brown</b> <i>of Sheffield, Yorkshire, England after the marriage of</i> …

Christchurch

Women’s Occupations

Guest Post<p>The following article is a guest post by the talented Sharon S Atkins, author of With A Heart For Any Fate.<p>Women’s Occupations in the Early …

Gender

Shipwreck on Blackwater Bank

<i>‘A light on the south end of Blackwater Bank is absolutely required to prevent the frequent shipwrecks on that bank.’</i><p>On 16 July 1844, Mr. Joseph …

Sailing

Part One: James and Laura Mackie

<i>I have recently broken through a brick wall in my genealogical research and have found out what happened to my great-grand aunt, Laura Jane Williams.</i></i> …

Military History

Part Two: James and Laura Mackie

<i>I have recently broken through a brick wall in my genealogical research and have found out what happened to my great-grand aunt, Laura Jane Williams.</i></i> …

Isle of Wight

Part Three: James and Laura Mackie

<i>I have recently broken through a brick wall in my genealogical research and have found out what happened to my great-grand aunt, Laura Jane Williams.</i> …

Military History

Part Four: James and Laura Mackie

<i>I have recently broken through a brick wall in my genealogical research and have found out what happened to my great-grand aunt, Laura Jane Williams.</i> …

Crime

Part Five: James and Laura Mackie

<i>I have recently broken through a brick wall in my genealogical research and have found out what happened to my great-grand aunt, Laura Jane Williams.</i> …

Isle of Wight

Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children

<i>While the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals was founded in the UK in 1824, by 1880, there was no similar society to guard against</i> …

Crime

Carrington Solar Flare of 1859

In mid-August of 1859, astronomers were excited by the appearance of a large solar spot on the sun which first made its appearance on the 15th of the …

Astronomy

Mishap on the Underground Railroad

April in 1860 began with a cold snap in Nashville, Tennessee and there were fears that the peach crop would be ruined but by mid-April, the weather …

Black History

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

<i>Christmas Eves of my childhood were spent down in my Nana’s basement apartment, curled up on the couch, watching ‘A Christmas Carol’ by Charles</i> …

Literature

300 years ago in England

Once upon a time, about 300 years ago, my British ancestors were farmers, living off the land, battling against nature to support their families …

Jethro Tull

Escaped from the Hulks

Notorious robber Huffey White, alias Hufton White, alias Huffham White, alias Houghton White, alias William Evans, escaped from the hulks near …

Crime

Tynewydd Colliery Flood of 1877

On Wednesday evening, 11 April 1877, as the miners were getting ready to leave the Tynewydd Colliery at the end of their shift, they heard the roar …

Creative Commons

Female Emigration to Australia 1833-1837

To all single women—no place but Australia or Tasmania. From what we learn, nearly 5,000 women will be sent out in the course of this year to the …

Australia

Sears Roebuck Mail Order Catalogue

Long before the internet and online ordering, mail order catalogues were one of the only ways that the American rural population had to buy a variety …

eCommerce

Cyclone in the Indian Ocean

The ship Pendragon, an iron vessel of 1278 tons register, was owned by Messrs MacDiarmid, Greenshields, and Co., of Drury-buildings, Drury-lane of …

Sailing

Crowds Flock to Sunnyside Beach in 1922

Crowds flocked to Sunnyside Beach in 1922 when the new park opened, lured by the modern new bathing pavilion and the miles of parklands, boardwalks …

Toronto

Fraud, Murder and the Burial Club

11 June 1848<p>William Spratt, alias Constable, alias Spratty Watts, died on 11 June 1848 after being ill for some days. His half-sister, Mary May, was …

Crime

10 Examples of Fake News from History

This month, Facebook began prompting users in fourteen countries to read a guide on the fake news phenomenon, with a list of tips that included being …

Journalism

CSI – The Prologue

Journey back only a short time in history, when esteemed judges and assembled juries had only the testimony of witnesses and sometimes the coerced …

Crime

Breach of Promise

A Cork Breach of Promise case. At the Cork Assizes on Thursday, the following breach of promise case was commenced before Mr. Justice Barry and a …

Fraud

An Imaginary Conversation with my Great-Great-Grandfather

<i>Having recently discovered the secret to mind-travelling back through time, I’ve journeyed to Sheffield to have an imaginary conversation with my</i> …

Genealogy

The Past and the Present

What is perhaps the biggest challenge for social historians is to wrap our heads around the continuum of time: around the past and the present. We …

Calvin Klein

Murderer Weds Victims Daughter

Ten years after killing Nellie Patton, William P Royce, a foreman at Sioux City Gas and Electric, was married to Miss Loretta Orpha (Patton) …

Crime

Wanted in Waterford

The O’Hare family lived in Waterford City, a town built on the bank of the Suir River, in the south-east of Ireland. Michael and Mary O’Hare had four …

Crime