The Beard That Wasn’t: Abe Lincoln’s Whiskers

The origins of the sixteenth President’s facial hair are more tangled than you might think. It’s a familiar story. On October 18, 1860, the Hon. Abraham Lincoln of Springfield, Illinois—Republican nominee for President of the United States—received a letter from eleven-year-old Grace Bedell, of Westfield, New York. Though a confirmed Lincoln supporter herself, Bedell worried[…]

The Know-Nothings: Populism Using Nativism as Political Strategy in the Mid-19th Century

In the end, the Know Nothings were a partisan flash in the pan, but they made nativism a political strategy. By Dr. Michael Todd LandisHistorian and Author Though the United States is a nation built by immigrants, nativism—the fear of immigrants and the desire to restrict their entry into the country or curtail their rights[…]

Present Tense, Future Perfect: Protest and Progress at the 1964 World’s Fair

“Plainly the sheep and the wolf are not agreed upon a definition of the word liberty; and precisely the same difference prevails to-day among us human creatures.” If every Negro in New York                                       cruised over the Fairin his fan-jet plane                    and ran out of fuel                                        the Worldwould really learn something about the affluent                                                                 society.The stink of the fire hydrant[…]

Naming as an Instrument of Strengthening Early Medieval Dynastic Power

In historiographical tradition, which is characteristic of medieval societies,the history of a nation is portrayed, first, as the history of its political elite. Dr. Marina R. Zheltukhina (Professor of Theory of English, Volgograd State Socio-Pedagogical University)Dr. Larisa G. Vikulova (Professor of Roman Philology, Moscow City Teacher Training University)Dr. Gennady G. Slyshkin (Head of Social Sciences and Professional Communication, Moscow State[…]