The World Reacts to the Great Solar Eclipse of 1918

The solar eclipse that will occur in a few hours will be seen from the Pacific coast of the United States to the Atlantic. The last time that happened was on June 8, 1918. On average, the sun was obscured for 2 minutes and 23 seconds, and completely visible again within 5 minutes. Even then, […]

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Victorian Death (and Afterlife) Photography

The Victorians preoccupation with death and their enthusiasm for the paranormal puzzle us today. Perhaps earlier eras were focused on survival and had little leisure to be widely interested in things like séances, ectoplasms, and spirit photography. Later generations were certainly too skeptical. But at the turn of the century, everything seemed possible. If people could ride […]

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100 Years Ago, Woodrow Wilson Made a Decision that Shaped our World

One hundred years ago this month, President Woodrow Wilson plunged the United States into World War One. Wilson’s choice to push for war still baffles scholars and historians.  U.S. interests were not at risk, and the country still felt a strong aversion to dealings with other countries. Influential citizens like Henry Ford and feminist Jane […]

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