Chernobyl, Over Three Decades Later

Ariel view of the destroyed reactor, 1986 Hundreds of thousands of people, mostly military conscripts and reservists, were mobilized in a desperate struggle with the consequences of the explosion.  By Dr. David Moon 11.28.2016 Anniversary Professor of History University of York Fire fighters and power station workers struggled to put out the fire. Two people were[…]

The Tragic, Too-Soon Death of Quentin Roosevelt

By David Pietrusza / 07.08.2018 Historian Sunday morning, July 14th, 1918. It’s Bastille Day—and, somewhere in France, a fledging, twenty-year old American aviator named Quentin Roosevelt is scampering into his single-seat French-made, wooden-and-canvas Nieuport-28 aeroplane for … nothing less than a rendezvous with death. Quentin Roosevelt was, of course, Theodore Roosevelt’s youngest child. TR had[…]

A Brief History of Supreme Court Nominations

The first rejection was George Washington’s nomination of John Rutledge to be Chief Justice in 1795. By Dr. Alan Gevinson Specialist Assistant to the Chief, NAVCC Library of Congress Project Director, American Archive of Public Broadcasting, Library of Congress Council on Library and Information Resources Of the 159 nominations for Supreme Court Justice that presidents have[…]

Early American Resistance to a Standing Army

Founders did not intend on keeping a standing army beyond the War of Independence. By Dr. Christopher H. Hamner Associate Professor of History George Mason Universtiy The means of defence against foreign danger, have been always the instruments of tyranny at home. Among the Romans it was a standing maxim to excite a war, whenever a[…]

Inside the Sacred Danger of Thailand’s Caves

Family members pray in front of a Buddhist statue near the cave where 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped in northern Thailand. AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit A scholar, who has conducted research on the Thai caves in which 12 children were recently trapped, explains their power and appeal, including the rituals and myth surrounding these sacred sites. By Dr. Andrew Alan Johnson / 07.09.2018 Assistant[…]

Think Everyone Died Young in Ancient Societies? Think Again.

Anglo-Saxon burial site at the Barrow Clump, Salisbury Plain, Wiltshire. / Photo by Rexfeatures What is the source of the myth that those in the past must have died young? By Christine Cave / 07.09.2018 PhD Candidate in Archaeology Australian National University You might have seen the cartoon: two cavemen sitting outside their cave knapping stone[…]