Writer Mike McPhate discusses the mindset of settlers willing to take risks during the California gold rush of the mid-19th century. He ties that idea to tech entrepreneurs’ willingness to fail in the same state today.
In the last half of the 1800s, thousands of urban poor people, many who were immigrants, lived in overcrowded and unsafe tenement buildings. This article describes how tenements came into being and were eventually phased out.
Source: The Independent
Tom Sutcliffe, who writes about the arts and media, examines artists’ struggle to make works relating to 9/11.
Source: The Economist
A critic from The Economist magazine reviews The Republic for Which It Stands, in which author Richard White outlines the politics and economics of the United States following the Civil War.
Source: Public Radio International
Read this article to learn about the life of Anthony Acevedo, a former U.S. Army medic who kept a diary of his time in a Nazi concentration camp as a prisoner of war.
Source: The Portalist
Where do fairy tales and legends come from? At least one well-known tale is rooted in a real historic event.
Source: National Geographic
Learn about six women who refused to let discriminatory social climates keep them from adventure-filled lives.
Source: The New York Times
Read this review of Revolution 2.0 to learn about Wael Ghonim’s experience and influence during the 2011 Arab Spring.
Source: American Heritage
As an anti-Federalist, Patrick Henry opposed the ratification of the Constitution. Read about his opposition to Thomas Jefferson and James Madison.
Source: The Washington Post
Author Tim O’Brien talks to a reporter from The Washington Post about how he remains deeply haunted by his time as a solider in the Vietnam War.