A History of Religion in the U.S. South

The American River Ganges, Harper’s Weekly, September 1871 by Thomas Nast. The original image of Nast’s most famous anti-Catholic image, Tweed was safely out of the picture, , literally and figuratively when the image was republished on 8 May 1875 along with other minor modifications. Library of Congress Investigating how “the South” has been an ideological[…]

Religious Belief, Fundamentalism, and Intolerance in the Early Modern and Modern Eras

Procession de la Ligue 1590 Carnavalet. / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Desmond M. Clarke / 01.16.2016 Late Professor of Philosophy University College, Cork Religious belief has been allied, for centuries, with fundamentalism and intolerance. It’s possible to have one without the other, but it requires a degree of self-criticism that is not easily acquired. When Calvin[…]

Napoleon’s Nephew, Louis Napoleon Bonaparte III: An Unfair Shake in History

Louis Napoleon Bonaparte III Rarely in history has a country so blindly, maliciously and relentlessly turned against the memory of one of its national leaders in blatant defiance of the historical facts. By Dr. Alan Strauss-Schom / 07.08.2018 Historian Rarely in history has a country so blindly, maliciously and relentlessly turned against the memory of[…]

The Construction Phases of the Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China, built 221 BCE-1664 CE. / Photo by Emily Mark, Creative Commons Mark of national pride, failure as originally intended. By Emily Mark / 08.22.2015 Historian The Great Wall of China is a barrier fortification in northern China running west-to-east 13,171 miles (21,196 km) from the Jiayuguan Pass (in the west) to the Hushan Mountains in[…]

Early Human Migration

Image via learnerlog.org, Creative Commons Out of Africa and gradually stretching around the globe. By Emma Groeneveld / 05.15.2017 Historian Disregarding the extremely inhospitable spots even the most stubborn of us have enough common sense to avoid, humans have managed to cover an extraordinary amount of territory on this earth. Go back 200,000 years, however,[…]