Gridlock to Victory: The Women’s Suffrage Crusade in Washington, 1848-1920

Women suffragists picketing in front of the White house. The first picket line – College day in the picket line line, 1917 / Wikimedia Commons Washington suffragists supported the national crusade until the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. By Dr. Mildred Andrews / 02.26.2004 Social Historian Introduction ashington women won[…]

Yuri Kochiyama: 20th-Century Crusader for Human Rights

Public Domain Kochiyama was one of the most prominent Asian American activists of the 20th century. By Dr. Diane C. Fujino Chair of the Department of Asian American Studies University of California, Santa Barbara Introduction Prominent Japanese American human rights activist in Harlem (1960s-1999) and Oakland (1999-present). Yuri Kochiyama (1921–2014 ) worked with Malcolm X[…]

The Treaty of Jaffa: Frederick II and the Sixth Crusade

A 14th century CE manuscript illustration depicting Frederick II, Holy Roman Emperor (r. 1220-1250 CE), and the Sultan of Egypt and Syria al-Kamil (r. 1218-1238 CE) who negotiated the handing over of Jerusalem to Christian rule during the Sixth Crusade (1227-1229 CE). (Vatican Libraries, Rome) / Wikimedia Commons The Sixth Crusade managed to achieve by peaceful means what four bloody previous Crusades had failed to do. By Mark Cartwright[…]

Frederick, Richard, and Philip: The Triad of the Third Crusade

A painting depicting the surrender of the Latin ruler Guy de Lusignan to Saladin, the Sultan of Egypt and Syria (r. 1174-1193 CE), after the Battle of Hattin in 1187 CE. The loss and subsequent capture of Jerusalem by Saladin would spark off the Third Crusade (1189-1192 CE) / Photo by Said Tahsine, Wikimedia Commons The Second Crusade ended in complete failure – the Third was[…]

Petra: Wonder in the Desert

Petra, Jordan: The rock of Fassade and of “ed-Deir.” Andreas Voegelin, Antikenmuseum Basel. How a mysterious kingdom of former nomads created a luxurious, urban oasis in an inhospitable climate.    Interview of Laurent Gorgerat (right) by James Blake Wiener (left) / 05.07.2013 Wiener: Communications Director, Ancient History Encyclopedia Gorgerat: Curator, Antikenmuseum Basel Few places on earth have captivated humanity[…]