The acceptance of mesmerism in colonial Bengal depended on the public performance of Western medicine couched in the wonders of a supposed “native” magic.
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A ballot measure aimed at overturning California’s 1963 Fair Housing Act revealed some serious divisions within the Episcopal Church.
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Environmentally oriented films from the classical era of Hollywood animation delivered powerful messages about the negative consequences of technological progress.
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In Egypt's capital, members of an impoverished Coptic population strengthen community ties while making a living as ragpickers.
Johnny Cash wasn't the only superstar to play in prisons. Music, initially allowed as worship, came to be seen as a rockin' tool of rehabilitation.
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How humans have acquired, used, and assigned cultural value to spices, from sage to cinnamon, chili pepper to salt.