The History of Jim Crow Segregation

By Dr. Katherine Mellon Charron Associate Professor of History North Carolina State University Introduction Segregation contradicts what most students have learned about American freedom and democracy. Textbooks locate segregation’s origins in Southern disenfranchisement laws of the 1890s and highlight the Supreme Court’s 1896 “separate but equal” ruling in Plessy v. Ferguson. The majority of African Americans still lived[…]

Introducing Taxation in the Early American Republic

George Caleb Bingham, “The County Election,”, via Reynolda House Museum of American Art How did the federal government raise money in the early years of the United States? By Dr. Ellen Holmes Pearson Professor of History University of North Carolina, Asheville The founders pondered this question from the very beginnings of the republic. Although the Articles[…]

Scots and Irish May Have Settled Iceland a Century before the Vikings

Too late lads, the Scots are already there. Oscar Wergeland Iceland was one of the last island groups on Earth to be settled by people.  By Dr. Kristján Ahronson / 05.23.2015 Lecturer in Archaeology Bangor University Remarkably similar carvings and simple cross sculptures mark special sites or places once sacred, spanning a zone stretching from the Irish[…]

Vikings didn’t Find Faroes First – They Were 500 Years Late

Mikladalur, Faroe Islands / Photo by Davide Gorla, Wikimedia Commons The Faroe Islands could have been inhabited 500 years earlier than was previously thought.      By (left-to-right) Josephine Lethbridge, Dr. Andrew Jennings, and Dr. Mike Church / 08.20.2013 Lethbridge: Interdisciplinary Editor, The Conversation Jennings: Post-doctoral Research Associate in the UHI Centre for Nordic Studies, University of the Highlands and Islands Church: Senior[…]

Guide to the Classics: Virgil’s Aeneid

Virgil reads the Aeneid to Octavia and Augustus. Angelica Kauffmann/Hermitage/Wikimedia Commons Virgil’s epic poem The Aeneid documents the founding of Rome by a Trojan hero. As with other ancient epics, our hero has to remain resolute in the face of significant divine hostility. By Dr. Chris Mackie / 10.23.2017 Professor of Classics La Trobe University The Aeneid by the Roman poet Virgil is an epic poem in[…]