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Dr. Dan: Reporting on Health Care in America
Health care was increasingly expensive and complex. How did Americans learn about and cope with the changes in medical science?
Stephanie Stegman explores magazines coverage in the 1950s.
In Rome, All was Fair in Games and Races
Find out the extent to which Romans would go for a win with Ingrid de Haas.
How did Mary Toft convince doctors that she had given birth to nine rabbits?
Alexandra Lord reveals the story behind infamous 18th century imposters.
Da Vinci's Hanging of Baroncelli.
The Scholar, the Prince, and the Priest
One brother lay dead on the floor of the cathedral. The other was hiding in the sacristy. Discover the brutal inter-family warfare of Italy with Laura Morreale.
The Irish Soldier in World War I
Irish soldiers fought on the side of the English in WWI for many reasons. Jason Myers explains why their return home was never celebrated by their countrymen.
The Roosevelts Disagree:
The Anti-Sufffrage Movement
Not all men opposed women's suffrage and not all women supported it. Join Sharon Hazard as she explains the role reversals within the Roosevelt clan.
Get your candy bag and join Michael Lynn as he explores the origins of Halloween.
Roman Slave Resistance
Ingrid de Haas takes you into the minds and hearts of Roman slaves.
Body Snatchers: Tales from the Crypt and Beyond
Why were body snatchers prowling graveyards in the nineteenth century?
Explore why even the dead weren't safe come nightfall.
Taxation Without Representation
If "all politics is local," what does it mean when a municipality is tied to the federal government? Explore the odd history of Washington DC.
The Air Ship Takes Flight
The combination of Victorian-era technology and musical comedy created a theatrical sensation.
Find out what American audiences were raving about when The Air Ship took flight.
In 1807, Congressman Randolph was enraged by it. In the 1830s, Congressman John Calhoun labeled it an abuse of power.
Raymond Natter explores the history behind the Anti-Deficiency Act's prohibition of volunteers in the federal workforce and the impact this has on today's discussions about sequestration.
Miner Normal school, c1910
Care May Reform Them: Shall We Call in the Doctor?
Medical exams were not always routine in American schools.
Demands that children undergo both medical exams and follow-up treatments led to courtroom battles and riots during the early twentieth century.
Discover why American school children and their parents have not always compliantly submitted to these exams with Sheena M. Morrison
Reporting on Health Care: American Popular Magazines
The 1950s were a time of change and progress in medicine. How were these advances presented to the general public by consumer magazines?
Stephanie Stegman takes you into the 1950s world of LIFE and Time.
World AIDS Day
Why on earth would people create a special day for a disease that has killed millions?
Join Victoria Harden as she discusses the story behind World AIDS day.
Mandela's South Africa
More so than any other, Nelson Mandela represents the face of the apartheid struggle in South Africa.
Jessica Achberger takes us through the history of Mandela's struggle in this first of a series of biographies of African nationalist leaders.
Fable or Affliction?
"Not all monstrous wolves were men who transmogrified." Discover early modern European theories behind the existence of werewolves with Michael Lynn.
Why Did They Look Like That?
Discover how and why the British developed tanks that changed warfare forever.
Women of the Pulps: Spicy Covers and Startling Stories
Uncover the splashy history of women writers and artists during the age of pulp fiction.
A Disease-Ridden City
Join us as we uncover the cause of an epidemic that shook Washington DC to its core.
The Boy is Back in Town: De Valera and Fianna Fáil’s Electoral Victory in 1932
Why did a Jesuit priest travel back to Ireland just to spit on his grave?
Discover why the Irish have such strong opinions about the political legacy of Eamon de Valera with historian Jason Myers.
Kente: Not Just Any Old Cloth
Kente cloth is deeply intertwined with the history of the Ashanti nation, from the emergence of the various Ashanti kingdoms to the development of the slave trade up to and including contemporary life in Ghana.
Discover one of Africa's more versatile visual art forms with UHP staff.
An Act of Truth
Discover how a prince's ability to make a just judgement, has the power to accomplish unusual miracles and bring abundance into his kingdom with a simple "act of truth"
Roman Magic: Control in an Uncertain World
Romans of all classes viewed magic as a highly useful way to try to control the world around them. But the government saw it as dangerous.
Join Ingrid De Haas as she explains the role of magic in ancient Rome.
Tomb of William Marshal
Medieval Childhood in England:
John Marshall uttered words no parent should ever say. But did he really mean them?
Join Rebecca Slitt as she explores the truth of medieval parenthood.
Mining History: The Ludlow Strike
As Americans celebrate Labor Day, we step back to remember the workers who fought and died to ensure better working conditions for all Americans.
During his lifetime Jean-Fraçois Pilâtre de Rozier was one of the most famous men in Europe. As a lecturer he had a penchant for the spectacular.
He used extremely theatrical, and sometimes even dangerous, methods to attract and hold the attention of his audience.
Discover how his quest for fame ultimately turned tragic with Michael R. Lynn.
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