Who Was Emmett Till?

A 1950s photograph of Emmett Till and his mother Mamie Till Mobley, during a visit to Jackson, Miss. AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis Most Mississippi civil rights history leads back to the widespread outrage over the Till case in the summer of 1955. By Dr. Davis W. Houck / 07.13.2018 Professor of Communications Florida State University The U.S.[…]

Government Reopens Case of Emmett Till

This undated photo shows Emmett Louis Till, a 14-year-old Black Chicago boy, who was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered in 1955 in Mississippi. The federal government has reopened its investigation into his slaying. | AP The federal government has reopened its investigation into the slaying of Emmett Till. By Jay Reeves / 07.12.2018 The federal government[…]

An Introduction to Fauvism

Henri Matisse, The Green Line, 1905, oil on canvas, 40.5 x 32.5 cm (Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen) Fauvism developed in France to become the first new artistic style of the 20th century. By Dr. Virginia B. Spivey / 08.09.2015 Art Historian Distinctive brushwork Fauvism developed in France to become the first new artistic style of the 20th century. In[…]

The Aesthetic Movement in 19th-Century England

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Monna Vanna, 1866, oil on canvas, 88.9 x 86.4 cm (Tate) (photo: Tate, CC-BY-NC-ND (3.0 Unported) “Art for art’s sake.” By Dr. Rebecca Jeffrey Easby / 06.03.2016 Associate Professor of Art History Trinity Washington University Art for the sake of art The Aesthetic Movement, also known as “art for art’s sake,” permeated British culture during the[…]

Banking in the Roman World

Roman bronze balance weights. Probably used by a goldsmith or chemist. Imperial period. (Archaeological Museum, Como, Italy) / Photo by Mark Cartwright, Creative Commons Just as in other ancient civilizations, the first banks in Rome began in the temples consecrated to the ancient Gods. By Victor Labate / 11.17.2016 Ancient Roman Historian Romae Vitam Just as in other ancient[…]

Roman Emperor Claudius: Low Expectations, High Performance

Large grain marble head believed to be a local (Mediolanum) copy of an official portrait of Roman emperor Claudius (41-54 CE). (Archaeological Museum, Milan) / Photo by Mark Cartwright, Creative Commons Claudius was found quivering behind a set of curtains, fearing for his own life, and named emperor after Caligula’s death. By Donald L. Wasson / 10.18.2011 Professor of[…]