America’s Postwar Fling with Romance Comics

Roughly 1 in 5 of all comic books were romance comics, as publishers scrambled to appease readers’ appetites for scandalous storylines. Introduction Last year, comic book enthusiast Gary Watson donated his massive personal collection to the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections at the University of South Carolina. As the reference and instruction[…]

Exporting Animals in the Victorian Era

Acclimatization societies believed that animals could fill the gaps of a deficient environment. Introduction In 1890, a New York bird enthusiast released several dozen starlings in Central Park. No one knows for sure why Eugene Schieffelin set the birds aloft, but he may have been motivated by a sentimental desire to make the American Northeast[…]

The Almovarid Dynasty: Berbers of Medieval Northern Africa

The most powerful of the tribes of the Sahara, they had been converted to Islam in the seventeenth century. Introduction The Almoravids, was a Berber dynasty from the Sahara that spread over a wide area of North-Western Africa and the Iberian peninsula during the eleventh century. They created the first Moroccan and trans-Maghreb empire.[1] They[…]

Roman Expeditions in Ancient Sub-Saharan Africa

Most of these expeditions began as military campaigns, while the last one may have been initiated in the interests of trade relations. Introduction Sub-Saharan Africa was explored by Roman expeditions between 19 BCE – 90 CE, most likely in an effort to locate the sources of valuable trade goods and establish routes to bring them[…]