Unimagined Lows: The Depths of the Great Depression

The country’s most vulnerable populations were the hardest hit. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 08.27.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction From industrial strongholds to the rural Great Plains, from factory workers to farmers, the Great Depression affected millions. In cities, as industry slowed, then sometimes stopped altogether, workers lost jobs and joined breadlines, or sought[…]

When the Dam Breaks: The Stock Market Crash of 1929

While it is misleading to view the stock market crash of 1929 as the sole cause of the Great Depression, the dramatic events of that October did play a role in the downward spiral of the American economy. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 08.28.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Introduction Herbert Hoover became president at a[…]

Slavery, Freedom, and the 18th-Century Jamaican Landscape

Maroons ambush British troops on the Dromilly Estate, Jamaica / British Library, Public Domain Jamaican Maroons fought two major wars against the British during the 18th century. With reference to maps and views in the King’s Topographical Collection, Miles Ogborn investigates these communities of escaped slaves and their attempts to retain their freedom in a[…]

The Men Killed under England’s Buggery Act in the 18th Century

Convictions under the Buggery Act 1533 were punishable by death / British Library, Public Domain Exploring three executions under the Buggery Act during the 1800s, looking at how they were reported in the media of the time.  By Steven Dryden Broadcast Recordings Curator British Library The Buggery Act of 1533, passed by Parliament during the[…]

Cyrus the Great: A New Kind of Ancient Ruler

Wikimedia Commons Through his Cyropaedia, Cyrus’s notions of human rights influenced the U.S. Constitution—Thomas Jefferson owned two copies of this text. Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 08.27.2018 Introduction Cyrus (Old Persian Kourosh or Khorvash, modern Persian: کوروش, Kourosh) (ca. 576 – July 529 B.C.E.), also known as Cyrus the Great and Cyrus II of[…]