The 1913 Woman Suffrage Procession

This was the generation of suffragists who challenged society’s expectations of what it meant to be a woman. Introduction “Miles of Fluttering Femininity Present Entrancing Suffrage Appeal” Washington Post, 1913 On March 3, 1913, the day before Woodrow Wilson’s presidential inauguration, thousands of women marched along Pennsylvania Avenue–the same route that the inaugural parade would[…]

The New York Shirtwaist Strike of 1909

During the early to mid-20th century, American textile workers of all categories were subjected to abysmal working conditions, Introduction The New York shirtwaist strike of 1909, also known as the Uprising of the 20,000, was a labour strike primarily involving Jewish women working in New York shirtwaist factories. It was the largest strike by female American workers up to that date. Led by Clara Lemlich and[…]

Demography of the Ancient Roman Empire

“Census” is a Latin word. The modern notion of a state counting the population is a direct legacy from the Roman Empire. Introduction Demographically, the Roman Empire was a typical premodern state. It had high infant mortality, a low marriage age, and high fertility within marriage. Perhaps half of Roman subjects died by the age of 5. Of those[…]

A Scientific Population History of Ancient Egypt

Scholars have reviewed the available skulls and skeletal evidence on the ancient Egyptians to draw some conclusions. Introduction Egypt has a long and involved demographic history. This is partly due to the territory’s geographical location at the crossroads of several major cultural areas: North Africa, the Middle East, the Mediterranean and Sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, Egypt has experienced several invasions during its[…]

Gambling And The Middle Ages – The History

The history of gambling as a favourite pass-time runs back to the medieval ages. People from all social strata indulged in this intoxicating practice. Medieval gambling still sustains its allure amidst the crowd. The History Of Gambling While gambling was the downfall of many, it was a central part of medieval lives. The modern age[…]