Ballpoint Pen CSI

A short history of the ballpoint pen and early debates about its impact on handwriting.

James Truslow Adams: Dreaming up the American Dream

Background on James Truslow Adams, who coined the phrase The American Dream.

Beavers, Hats, and the Fur Trade

Origins of the North American fur trade.

The Lusitania Effect

How the Lusitania Effect impacted German-American relations in pre-World War I German.
Courtesy of D. Joshua Taylor

The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 and Your Ancestors

The Influenza Epidemic of 1918 was a global catastrophe that is estimated to have killed between 40 and 50 million people.

Could Day Fines Improve the U.S. Justice System?

Are day fines a possible solution for the U.S. criminal justice system?

Politics and PEN

Some prominent writers have withdrawn from the PEN American Center's annual gala because of the organization's decision to give Charlie Hebdo an award.

On Military Desertion and Executions

Military desertion is not as rare as one would think.

Wall Street’s Slave Market

New York City will unveil a plaque today marking the location of the city's slave market at Wall Street.

How to Create False Witnesses

How "secondary confessions" lead to false witnesses in testimonies.