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The Doctors' Riot of 1788

Many of us who take US History learn about the challenges that the early Republic faced in the form of Shays’ Rebellion and Whiskey Rebellion, but do you know the story of America’s first riot? Before the Mid-to Late 1800s human dissection was not only illegal, it was one of the most heinous crimes.    Still,   Read More. . .

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The Pine Tree Riot

If you’re an American, no doubt you’ve heard about the Boston Tea Party.  More than a year and a half before that, however, colonists in New Hampshire were frustrated about trees, not tea. Back in the 16th-18th centuries, most European countries with any navy to speak of had fleets of ships with tall wooden masts –each   Read More. . .

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The Pig War
Between Great Britain
the United States

Before 1846, the Oregon Country was a hotly contested piece of real estate located between California, Russian Alaska, British Canada, and the chunk of the United States Where the Louisiana Territory ended.  In 1846, Britain and the U.S. signed a treaty making the border between Canada and the U.S.   ‘. . . the 49th Parallel   Read More. . .

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Free Beer:
The Great London Beer Flood

October 17th, 1814 was a grey, dreary Autumn morning much like any other in St. Giles Parish in Central London.  St. Giles Parish was a poor and generally residential neighbourhood with the obligatory pub. Anarchic and poverty-stricken, it was particularly overcrowded and had little sanitation for the many people who lived side-by-side in   Read More. . .

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