Trump Seeks to Add Special Rights to Religious Freedom

A 2016 poll found two-thirds of Americans say churches and other houses of worship should not come out in favor of one candidate over another during political elections—but President Donald Trump wants to “destroy” the amendment that keeps it that way. (Photo: Peter Miller/flickr/cc) Draft executive order ‘reads like the administration was challenged to see[…]

Settlements in the Early Minoan Period

  Early Minoan Settlement at Trypiti / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Jeremy B. Rutter Professor Emeritus of Classical Studies Sherman Fairchild Professor Emeritus in the Humanities Dartmouth College Introduction Chronological Problems The construction of a useful and valid relative chronological framework for Early Minoan (EM) Crete has been made difficult by a number of independent[…]

The First Continental Congress: Radicals, Loyalists, and Everything in Between

Reception of the American Loyalists by Great Britain in the Year 1783. Britannia offers solace and a promise of compensation for her exiled American-born Loyalists. Engraving by Henry Moses after Benjamin West, 1783 / Library of Congress Lecture by Dr. Joanne Freeman / 02.04.2010 Professor of History and American Studies Yale University Introduction: The Loyalists[…]

History of the Soviet Union, 1934-1936: Stalin’s Men to the Writers’ Congress

Stalin on building of Moscow-Volga canal. It was constructed from 1932 to 1937 by Gulag prisoners. / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Lewis Siegelbaum / 09.24.2015 Professor of Russian and European History Michigan State University All Stalin’s Men   Left: To Comrade Stalin on His 50th Birthday (1928) / Wikimedia Commons Right: Mikoyan, Stalin, Molotov (1935)[…]

Roman Cults and Worship

Marble statue of Mithras slaying the bull, 2nd century CE / British Museum By Dr. Mark Damen / 07.25.2015 Professor of Ancient Drama, Ancient History, Latin and Greek Languages Utah State University Introduction: Roman Religion before Christianity The first scene of Christianity’s passion play opens against a backdrop crowded with various characters, many instrumental and[…]

Colliding Cultures in the European Exploration and Settlement of the Americas, 1500-1620

Theodor de Bry, “Negotiating Peace With the Indians,” 1634 / Virginia Historical Society By Erin Bonuso Kramer PhD Candidate in Early American History University of Wisconsin Introduction The Columbian Exchange transformed both sides of the Atlantic, but with dramatically disparate outcomes. New diseases wiped out entire civilizations in the Americas, while newly imported nutrient-rich foodstuffs[…]