Victorian Era

My Next Book Project

After weighing a number of things I have decided to write about the history and memory of Robert Gould Shaw for my next book project. It is a project …

American Civil War

The constitutional right to education is long overdue - Salon.com

Public school funding has shrunk over the past decade. School discipline rates reached historic highs. Large achievement gaps persist. And the overall performance of our nation’s students falls well below our international peers.<p>These bleak numbers beg the question: Don’t students have a …

U.S. Politics

Victorian mosaics discovered at Flintshire church

What started as a repair project for some routine improvements became something special, which has created a warm, light and inspiring church where …

News (Wales)

Fire temples are places of worship in which religion? The Weekend quiz

From cricket to chocolate, test your knowledge with the Weekend quiz<p>The questions<p><b>1</b> Disbanded in 1975, what was the ARVN?<b><br>2</b> What was originally the boundary between Maryland and Pennsylvania?<b><br>3</b> Which film starts with a disclaimer about the name Zorin?<b><br>4</b> Which method of dismissal in cricket became …

American Civil War

Politics: From apology to apologia

On November 28, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologised to LGBTQ+ public servants for decades of “state-sponsored, systematic oppression …

Yogi Adityanath

There are no quick fixes for the failing American university

A few days ago I woke up late for an early morning doctor’s appointment — which left no time for coffee. I grabbed what was in the pot, microwaved it, then hobbled out to my car. I didn’t know where I was going. A few clicks on my smartphone fixed that. I arrived just in time. My scheduled MRI went …

Education

Fans use Civil War history to trash-talk Oklahoma-Georgia game

Every week, diehard college football fans take to the sport’s Reddit page to trash-talk each other, and it often gets pretty entertaining.<p>The topics and burns are always wide-ranging, but unexpectedly, Abraham Lincoln and some basic Civil War history was hilariously dragged into the conversation …

Rose Bowl

Red Velvet

In the 1820s, an aspiring African-American actor named Ira Aldridge (Dion Johnstone) set sail for England from New York. His turns in smaller …

19th Century

Why human society isn’t more—or less—violent than in the past

Population size determines the proportion of people who die in violence

Battle of Gettysburg

Town Talk: Soon-to-abdicate Emperor Akihito's birthday celebrated

84 CANDLES: Japanese Canadians and others filled the Bayshore hotel’s ballroom recently at a birthday party for Emperor Akihito, who will be 84 on …

Saskatoon

George Washington: An Image and Its Influence

By: David Gordon <br>George Washington took office as president in 1789 with an asset of inestimable value. People viewed him as the hero of the American …

Conservative View

What’s Not Happening With Mr. Jones

It’s your last chance to make a tax-deductible donation to CounterPunch in 2017. Help us gear up to fight the status-quo in 2018! Every dollar counts!<p>…

Liberal View

Irish Potato Famine - Facts Summary

Ireland in the 1800s<p>With the ratification of the Acts of Union in 1801, Ireland was effectively governed as a colony of Great Britain until its war …

Ireland

Why college football bowl games are in such random places

America’s strangest postseason is spread all across the continent for a few reasons.<p>From Boca Raton, Fla. to Frisco, Texas to Shreveport, La., there are some college football bowl games in some truly unusual places.<p>Bowls are thought of as fun-in-the-sun exhibitions at the end of the season. But …

College Football

Trump's 'Abysmal' Poll Numbers? What About Those of Merkel, Macron, May and Trudeau?

Posted: Dec 14, 2017 12:01 AM<p>About a year into President Donald Trump's first term, the jury for much of the country and for most of the major media …

Conservative View

What the Kalahari Bushmen can teach us about a 15 hour work week

Understanding the low-tech culture of the hunting and gathering Kalahari Bushmen may help us to embrace the AI-automated, robot-driven future that looks likely to rob many of us of our jobs. More than this, it may hold the key to unlocking the economic Utopia that the economist John Maynard Keynes …

Anthropology

Irish Potato Famine for Kids - Kiddle

A drawing of Bridget O'Donnell and her two children during the famine<p>The <b>Great Famine</b> or the <b>Great Hunger</b> (Irish: <i>An Gorta Mór</i> or <i>An Drochshaol</i>) is the …

19th Century

Digital History

<b>The Irish Potato Famine</b><p>During the summer of 1845, a "blight of unusual character" devastated Ireland's potato crop, the basic staple in the Irish …

19th Century

What Leadership Looks Like: 3 Politicians Who Actually Handled Budgets, Taxes And Debt Crises

The world is awash in debt, with total cumulative new debt added on since 2008 an unbelievable $74 trillion, compared to global GDP of $78 …

Economics

Famous names from the Galactic Civil War appear surprisingly often in the American Civil War.

<i>The first words of the opening crawl of the first Star Wars movie released are, "IT IS A PERIOD OF CIVIL WAR." To mark the release of Star Wars -</i> …

Star Wars

Cycling across D.C. history

Since 2013, a group of “history buffs, bike nerds, and adventure junkies” have convened each year for a bike ride around Washington’s oldest monuments: boundary stones marking the edges of the 100-square-mile area that made up the original site for the nation’s capital.<p>This year’s 60-mile ride, …

Lifestyle

See drone video of Fort St. John: another abandoned Louisiana fort | NOLA.com

It's easy to drive right by and miss Fort St. John, one of the oldest structures of any kind in the New Orleans area. Take Wisner Boulevard out to …

New Orleans

Bushido, the Samurai Code

Bushido was the code for Japan's warrior classes from perhaps as early as the 8th century through modern times. The word "bushido" comes from the …

Martial Arts

The Real Reason China Has Built a Massive Military

<b>By Harry J. Kazianis</b><p>Over several years in this publication, I have been exploring the dynamics of the budding U.S.-China security dilemma [3]—a …

Geopolitics

Roy Moore lost the battle, but he’s winning the war

After a lengthy special election campaign in Alabama, Democrat Doug Jones has defied long odds to become the first Democrat since Howell Heflin left office in 1997 to represent the state in the Senate. While the upset ended Roy Moore’s hopes for national office, it did not end his effect on the …

American Civil War

Top 10 Artifacts Made Public For The First Time

There will always be the old favorites, but nothing beats the thrill of something revealed for the first time. Such artifacts can deepen the personal …

List-Worthy

A Geoengineered Future Is Downright Scary - The Crux

By Nathaniel Scharping | December 13, 2017 2:06 pm<p><i>(Credit: kazuend/Unsplash)</i><p>Climate change seems inevitable. Between the still-accelerating pace of …

Climate Change

Minecraft Education Edition takes the Australian Curriculum into a whole new world.

For good reason Minecraft Education Edition is exploding in popularity and landing in classrooms all over the world. Not just a game, Minecraft …

Minecraft Education

Social and Political Impact of the First Phase of the Industrial Revolution

From 1800 to 1850, the population of England and Wales doubled, from nine million to eighteen million. During the same period, the proportion of …

Napoleon Bonaparte

Bollards, or How Cities Are Protecting Their Public Spaces From Terrorism

After the British defeated Napoleon's navy in the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, they stripped the French ships of their cannon, but found that their …

Science