SOURCE: The Nation
by Susan Cheever
A biography of the writer seeks to rectify a widespread phenomenon: women influential in their own time whose significance has been obscured in later histories.
Learning from Historical Fiction: A Family Tale Reveals a Brief Multicultural Moment of the American West
by Alix Christie
One novelist's work adapting the story of her 19th century forebears (the last Hudson's Bay Company trader in the US, his Nez Perce wife, and the family that they raised) led her to archives, historians, and the challenge of narrating the complexities of the period when conquest supplanted a hybrid indigenous-European society between the Rockies and the Pacific.
SOURCE: Public Books
by Thomas Bender
Carl Schorske's work on 19th Century Vienna was a masterwork of intellectual history that incorporated interdisciplinary approaches to politics and culture to model new approaches to scholarship in the humanities. A colleague traces his intellectual development.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
by Bathsheba Demuth
As climate change driven by capitalism threatens the polar ice caps, new miniseries return to the themes of arctic exploration, where cold and ice threaten humans and commerce, rather than the other way around.
by Tim Roberts
A Hungarian nationalist visited the United States in 1849 to plead the case for an independent, democratic state, inspiring the cause of abolition in America. Today Hungarian-American relations are running in the direction of authoritarianism.
Spiritualism and Suspension Bridges: John Roebling and a Biographer's Sympathy for the Weird 19th Century
by Richard Haw
A biographer of Brooklyn Bridge designer John Roebling expected to write about a genius. He also ended up writing about a complete weirdo, and how one man could be both.
SOURCE: Washington Post
by Sari Altschuler
Writings on long-ago cholera outbreaks contain lessons in navigating unknowns.
by David O. Stewart
The notoriety of the Lincoln assassination has obscured the other Booths in history, but some were as well known as John Wilkes--or even better, at least until he pulled the trigger in the president’s box at Ford’s Theater, 155 years ago this week.
SOURCE: Nursing Clio
by Nyri A. Bakkalian
Who was the Lone Woman in the Kokura Castle town ruins that day in 1866? We don’t know her name, though we know where she died in Kokura.
SOURCE: The New York Times
by David Motadel
The bourgeois are supposed to ensure open, democratic societies. In fact, they rarely have.
SOURCE: Smithsonian Magazine Online
Eighty years after it was patented, the Crock-Pot remains a comforting presence in American kitchens.
Whiskers were so popular in the 19th century that even women wanted to grow sideburns.
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