Stephen Mopope’s Native American Post Office Murals in Andarko, Oklahoma

The sixteen murals displayed within depict the life and traditions of the Kiowa people, a Plains Indian tribe. Introduction In the narrow lobby of the Anadarko Post Office, a buffalo hunt ensues. A pair of Eagle Dancers perform their ceremonial waltz in the entryway. Over by the P.O. boxes, a Kiowa family begins the long[…]

‘Neither Rain, Nor Snow, Nor Death of Night’: A History of the Pony Express

When replaced by the telegraph, the Pony Express was quickly romanticized and became part of the lore of the American West. Introduction The Pony Express was a mail service delivering messages, newspapers, and mail using relays of horse-mounted riders that operated from April 3, 1860, to October 26, 1861, between Missouri and California in the[…]

Being ‘Mad’: Mental Illness in Early Modern England

The treatment of mental disorders in England during the Elizabethan and Jacobian periods. By Dr. Aleksandar DimitrijevicProfessor of PsychologyUniversity of Belgrade It has become almost a rule that the birth of scientific psychiatry and what we today term clinical psychology took place in the short period between the last decade of the XVIII century and[…]

Medieval Mental Illness and Care: The Case of Emma de Beston in 1383

Cases of people classified as mentally ill reveal medieval attitudes to mental illness, disability, and incapacity at a communal level. Introduction What happened in the medieval period when people became mentally ill? Modern advances in diagnosis and treatment, and a monolithic view of pre-modern culture, might entrench opinions that former attitudes to people undergoing the[…]