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The Lost Colony of Roanoke: 7 Theories on What Happened

On May 8th, 1587 Englishman John White, along with some 115 others (including his wife, his pregnant daughter Eleanor Dare, and his son-in-law Ananias Dare), left England for the Americas. The party arrived on Roanoke Island, off the coast of present-day North Carolina, just a few months later. It is here that the Roanoke colony was established in July 1587, with John as their governor. The group was short on supplies and…

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Unbelievable True Story About the Fox Sisters, Spiritualism, & the Biggest hoax of the 19th Century

Unbelievable True Story About the Fox Sisters, Spiritualism, & the Biggest Hoax of the 19th Century

Many may not know that the religious movement that swept the world during the nineteenth century was essentially concocted by a couple of girls playing a trick on their parents some 173 years ago in Hydesville, New York. On March 31, 1848, Margaretta and Catherine Fox were home alone sewing carpet rags and scheming about what pranks they would pull on their friends on the following All Fools’ Day while their parents…

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The Lakota Sioux’s Sun Dance

The Lakota Sioux's Sun Dance

The Lakota Sioux are one of the indigenous peoples of the Great Plains of North America. Central to their religion and of utmost importance are the “Seven Sacred Rites.” After the European colonization of the Americas, several of these practices were suppressed by the United Sates and Canadian governments – though the rights of the Native Americans were restored in the late twentieth century. Of these rites, the Sun Dance is one…

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Consumerism, the European Union, & Euro-Terrorism

Consumerism, the European Union, & Euro-Terrorism

Consumerism is about luxury and wants rather than needs. It exists “when the majority of the population either possesses or aspires to own a range of goods and services that far exceeds the level required to meet basic subsistence.” [1] While the ideology began in several countries across the global as early as the seventeenth century, it boomed in the United States in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It was this American…

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The Depression & the Rise of Extremist Groups (i.e. Fascists and Nazis)

The Depression & the Rise of Extremist Groups

The crash of the United States stock market on October 29, 1929 triggered a global depression in which extremist groups such as fascists and Nazis were allowed to thrive. Between the years of 1929 and 1933 prices would fall, output shrank, and unemployment soared as the world economy collapsed. The U.S. market lost two-thirds of its value, the British market one-fifth, and the German an astounding one-half. Unemployment in the U.S. had…

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Book Review: From the Ground Up: The History of Mining in Utah

Book Review: From the Ground Up: The History of Mining in Utah

Whitley, Colleen K., ed. From the Ground Up: The History of Mining in Utah. Logan: Utah State University Press, 2006. 508 pp. $34.95 cloth. doi: 10.2307/j.ctt4cgn2r In From the Ground Up, historian, Utah State Historical Society member, and editor Colleen Whitley sets out to fill the void that exists in the history of the mining industry in the state of Utah. Aiming to provide an overview of major mining ventures and guideposts…

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