Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell reads to children at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story Child Development Center.

The Public Wife: Is Maureen McDonnell to Blame for Her Husband’s Downfall?

Maureen McDonnell was found guilty, along with her husband, Gov. Bob McDonnell. What role do spouses have in political scandals?
A map of Kansas from 1862 showing boundary lines as recorded by O.B. Gunn and D.T. Mitchell.

Finding Your Place by Looking at Maps

American maps in the early 19th century.
Illustrated imagining of American and Soviet spacecrafts docking from 1973.

Space Is The Place: The US, USSR, and Space Exploration

Even during the Cold War, US and Russian cooperation succeeded in space exploration.
The Burning of the Library at Alexandria in 391 AD

A Brief History of the Yazidis of Iraq

From the Christian mob’s destruction of Sarapeum in Alexandria in 391 CE to the Taliban’s 2001 dynamiting of ...
MacArthur Fellow Jennifer L. Eberhardt poised to give an interview

MacArthur Fellow Jennifer L. Eberhardt Shines Light on Racism and Criminal Justice

Social psychologist Jennifer L. Eberhardt has won a MacArthur fellowship for her research in criminal justice reform.
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Adventures in Historical Research

Megan Kate Nelson, a historian of Civil War and the American Southwest, is behind the (Un)Catalogued Column for JSTOR Daily.
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Scottish Independence Referendum 2014 : The Roots of the #indyref

On Thursday, September 18, 2014, the United Kingdom faces one of the most significant potential changes to its structure in centuries. If the majority decid
hot dogs: americas cheap meat

Hot Dogs: America’s Fast, Cheap Meat

With all due respect to hamburgers and apple pie, hot dogs are arguably the most American of foods.
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Green Burial and the North-South Divide

Embalming practices were first introduced in the US during the Civil War to preserve bodies for transportation.