The prosecution mounted a brilliant case against Thomas Paine’s publisher. The first witness the attorney General called was Henry Ben Raven, who, as stated earlier, had purchased a copy of Thomas Paine’s book from Daniel Isaac Eaton’s shop.
The term “climate change” is much older than I once believed. I found it in a newspaper from May 2, 1913, almost 100 years ago. But that isn’t the first time “climate change” has been used, or debated…
a tale by Candy Korman The men were celebrating. Pushing the Americans back at Queenston Heights on the Niagara front was, no doubt, a decisive moment in the combat, but there was no telling what turns the war would take.
“A snake of the diamond kind has been lately killed at Blackwattle swamp, the length of which was 10 feet 4 inches, and its largest circumference five inches.” the Sydney Gazette reported on January 4th, 1812. A woodcutter was going about his business, when he turned around and saw the “monstrous” creature. Naturally the woodcutter was […]
Human rights seem to be falling out of favor. I’ve heard old men deride them, as if they were some new legislative fashion akin to political correctness or “austerity” with their pensions. Recent events in Europe, with the so-called European Court of Human Rights, have tried to bend the meaning of “human rights” in that […]
This Christmas, you may be hearing rumors that Santa Claus was invented to sell Coca Cola. Well, Christmas is much older the Republican Party. It’s even older than the Pope. The Founding Fathers inherited the tradition from the European ancestors, but in 1776 Washington’s army had little to celebrate.
Paul from Belgium keeps telling me that eggs are dangerous. I never believed him, as he enjoys crepes and cakes of all kinds. However, the following story from 1897 (printed in the St. Louis Republic in and reprinted in the Norfolk Virginian) proves that, in 19th century America at least, eating eggs could be deadly.
Thomas Woodrow Wilson’s name is often used to sell history degrees. Wilson was the only President ever to earn a PhD. Yet he didn’t learn to read until he was ten years old.
While some see President Reagan as the man who won the cold war, others remember him as having changed the economy at home. Some might paint him as a kind of Scrooge, the character so well portrayed by Michael Caine (or, to keep in the Reagan Era, very un-Reagan-like actors Bill Murray or George C. Scott.) […]
Whatever happened in Iran Contra, that didn’t win the cold war. The Berlin Wall didn’t come down until after Reagan left office, but most of us knew that the fall of communism was just a matter of time. By the end of Reagan’s presidency, Perestroika, Glasnost, and sympathetic soviet characters in children’s cartoons showed us […]