Eastern Sports and Western Bodies: The “Indian Club” in the U.S. in the 19th Century

Exploring the rise of the phenomenon in the U.S. This article, Brilliant Visions: Peyote among the Aesthetes, was originally published in The Public Domain Review under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0. If you wish to reuse it please see: https://publicdomainreview.org/legal/ Although largely forgotten today, exercise by club swinging was all the rage in the 19th century. Daniel[…]

Hannah: Andrew Jackson’s Slave and Stockholm Syndrome

A favorite of Old Hickory, she made him seem kinder than he was. Why? Though he no longer holds an exalted place in the American imagination, Andrew Jackson continues to draw attention. Witness Jon Meacham’s Pulitzer Prize-winning biography, American Lion, which chronicled the triumphs and travails of the seventh president’s two administrations. No less interesting, if[…]

The Keru Vessel: Art and Pottery of the Inka and Colonial Peru

Even with the clash of cultures, the Inka (among other peoples) adapted to the new circumstances, as did the European intruders. Introduction On a vibrantly colored keru cup from colonial Peru, exotically dressed figures, apparently a royal Inka couple, stand surrounded by flowers, vivid designs, and even a rainbow. A keru is a ceremonial Andean beaker[…]