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America's Smallest Nuke
The Deadly Davy Crockett

Even more than micronationalism, I love the Solid Grease era of the 1950s and Early 1960s.  Poodle Skirts and Doo-Wop.  Ike and the Brooklyn Dodgers.  And of course, a fanatical* infatuation with atomic weapons. Following the armistice in Korea in 1953, the United States and NATO were concerned by the potential for Soviet and   Read More. . .

Tags : History 1950s Nukes USHistory

American Eugenics
The Case of Buck v. Bell

Disclaimer:  The work below is wholly the work of the late Dr. Warren Carroll.  It's presented with permission from Dr. Andrew Beer at Christendom Press.  I'm greatly indebted to both.  Eugenics, whether in the form of forced sterilization, abortion, or the insidious promotion of contraceptive and abortifaicent agents is a   Read More. . .

Tags : History Eugenics USHistory WoodrowWilson TheodoreRoosevelt SCOTUS

Benedict Arnold:
Hero of the Revolution

You read that title right.  Benedict Arnold was a hero of the American War for Independence.  We all know the stories of his treason & betrayal of the American cause.  Do you know the rest of the story, though? Before the war, Arnold was a businessman – first as a pharmacist, then getting into shipping.  He had a   Read More. . .

Tags : History USHistory RevolutionaryWar

Robert Smalls
And The
Hijacking of CSS Planter

Robert Smalls was born in 1839 in Beaufort, South Carolina.  Being of African descent, you might probably assume that he was born a slave. . . and you’d be right. Robert spent his early years living in his master’s house.  When he turned 12, however, his master shipped him off to Charleston where he was leased out to   Read More. . .

Tags : History USHistory USCivilWar USNavy

Terror On Wall Street

Ah, the Progressive Era.  Monopolies and Trustbusting.  Muckrakers and Philanthropy.  Temperance movements and. . . Terrorism? Between 1870 and 1916, the number of millionaires in the U.S. climbed from 100 to 16,000.  Although most of the upper class, like Rockefeller & Carnegie, gave their money to philanthropic causes,   Read More. . .

Tags : History USHistory Terrorism GildedAge

Brazilian By Birth,
Confederado By The
Grace Of God

The American Civil War ended in the Spring of 1865 with a crippling defeat of the Confederacy.  Suddenly, 9 million residents of the Southern United States found themselves as people without a country.  Many families had had their homes looted and burned.  Southern railroads and riverboats had been destroyed.  Northern   Read More. . .

Tags : History USHistory USCivilWar SouthAmerica Brazil

The Hines Identity:
The Confederacy's Top Action Spy

In April 1861, both the Union and the Confederacy thought that the War Between The States would be an open-and-shut case.  The Confederates thought that the Union wouldn’t really want to put up a fight over the matter, and the Union believed that they were just going to war against some ignorant planters.  Little did either   Read More. . .

Tags : History USHistory CivilWar Canada

Slower'n Molasses in January:
The Boston Molasses Flood

It was an unseasonably warm day in Boston back on January 15, 1919.  The temperature had risen from a frosty 2 degrees the night before to over 40 degrees.  In the North End, Bostonians merrily went on with their business – blissfully unaware of the grumblings and groaning coming from the Purity Distilling Company. The Purity   Read More. . .

Tags : History USHistory Disasters NewEngland

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. . .

Tags : History England USHistory Riots MedicalHistory

Decatur's Raid
the Burning of USS Philadelphia

One of my favourite events in US History is a story that almost all Americans knew 200 years ago, but is rarely talked about today – even though Admiral Horatio Nelson called it ‘the most bold and daring act of the age.’  In the early years of the 19th century, the young American nation was at war with the Barbary States   Read More. . .

Tags : History USHistory NavalHistory Africa Mediterranean Pirates

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. . .

Tags : History England USHistory Independence Riots

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. . .

Tags : History England USHistory Canada

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