Jazz, King declared, was the ability to take the “hardest realities of life and put them into music, only to come out with some new hope or sense of triumph.”
Wilde's description is heart-wrenching, but that doesn't hold him back from the usual wit and drama that characterize his writing.
Europeans were eager to absorb the starches and flavors pioneered by the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere.
“Trapping was not a ‘business for profit’ among the Dakota but primarily a social exchange,” one scholar writes.
In nineteenth century America, young women took to studying botany—a conjoining of interest, social acceptance, and readily available schooling.
Intended to protect consumers from unscrupulous quackery, a nineteenth-century ban on medical advertising proved to be a double-edged sword.
In industrial-era England, children took on new value in family life. Around this time, they started to be stolen more often, too.
Sibling jealousy feels like a universal problem, but most parenting experts didn't even acknowledge it until the early 20th century.
In 1776, a 24-year-old Quaker woman named Jemima Wilkinson died of fever, and came back to life as a prophet known as the Publick Universal Friend.
In the early 20th century, the Country Life Movement tried to make rural life appeal to women. But it ignored many truths about farms and women alike.