Wisconsin and the Economic Impacts of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic

While there were economic consequences of the 1918 pandemic, most were found to be short-lived. Introduction The 1918 influenza pandemic and how the ordeal played out in Wisconsin illuminates the scale at which the experience of and response to public health emergencies impact both human lives and the economy. Also known as the “Spanish Flu,”[…]

We’re Never Far from Where We Were: The 1918 Flu Pandemic in Pictures

A little over a century ago, a different pandemic rattled the world when a third of the world’s population contracted the H1N1 influenza virus. A Dark Sense of Humor In this haunting photo, a man in Australia poses with a painted skull-and-crossbones on his mask. Straining the Medical System Military pathologists believe that a British[…]

Manufacturing and Industries in Colonial Jamestown

When the Virginia Company established a colony at Jamestown in 1607, they hoped that a wide array of materials could be tapped or produced. Brewing in the Seventeenth Century Oh we can make liquor to sweeten our lipsOf pumpkins, of parsnips, of walnut-tree chips. New England rhyme On May 24, 1607, the newly-arrived colonists at[…]

Bacon’s Rebellion: Traders and Scapegoats in Jamestown, 1676

Bacon’s Rebellion can be attributed to a myriad of causes, all of which led to dissent in the Virginia colony. By Susan McCulley Bacon’s Rebellion was probably one of the most confusing yet intriguing chapters in Jamestown’s history. For many years, historians considered the Virginia Rebellion of 1676 to be the first stirring of revolutionary[…]

Sulla: Last Dictator before Julius Caesar and the End of the Roman Republic

He set the stage for Julius Caesar to later seize political power through force and end Republican Rome. Introduction Lucius Cornelius Sulla Felix[2,3,4] 138–78 BC), known commonly as Sulla, was a Roman general and statesman and one of the canonical figures of Roman history. He had the distinction of holding the office of consul twice,[…]

Lucius Cincinnatus: Twice Dictator in the Early Roman Republic

Cincinnatus was a conservative opponent of the rights of the plebeians (the common citizens) who fell into poverty himself. Introduction Lucius Quinctius[1] (or Quintius)[2] Cincinnatus (c. 519 – c. 430 BC)[2][3] was a Roman patrician, statesman, and military leader of the early Roman Republic who became a legendary figure of Roman virtue—particularly civic virtue—by the time of the[…]