Mary Wollstonecraft by John Opie (c. 1797) John Opie, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

The Mystery Man in Mary Wollstonecraft’s Life

Gilbert Imlay already had a bad reputation before his biographer discovered he was a slave trader.

The Map That Created The Modern Middle East

The Sykes-Picot remade the Middle East for British and French control. A century later, their legacy is a disaster. 
Polish Codebreakers

Cracking Enigma: The Polish Connection

Bletchley Park's code-breakers are famous for cracking Enigma, but they had a major assist from three Polish mathematicians, who had done it in 1932.
1901 poster for Cinco de Mayo: "May 5, 1862 and the siege of Puebla"

On Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Thinking of celebrating Cinco de Mayo at your school this year? Learn from history about some of the potentially insensitive pitfalls.
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division, The New York Public Library. "Sugar cane plantation; [Jamaica.]" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed April 27, 2016. http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/items/510d47df-94a7-a3d9-e040-e00a18064a99

Sugar Has Always Been Bad

Sugar long had a bad reputation because of its connection to slavery in the New World.
Leonardo da Vinci botanical study, circa 1490

Leonardo Da Vinci, Artist/Scientist

Leonardo was the first scientific illustrator.
Copernicus

Copernicus’s Body Identified by Stray Hair

Stuck in a book for centuries, strands of Copernicus's hair helped identify his body in 2005.
Woodcut for "Die Bibel in Bildern", 1860

Misunderstanding the Book of Genesis

A short history of the literal interpretation of the Book of Genesis reveals it's largely a modern dogma. 
Francisco "Pancho" Villa (1877–1923), Mexican revolutionary general, wearing bandoliers in front of an insurgent camp. By Bain News Service, publisher.

Why Did Pancho Villa Invade the U.S.?

The 100th anniversary of Pancho Villa's invasion of the U.S. raises the question of why he did it.
Elizabeth Eisenstein

In Memoriam: Elizabeth L. Eisenstein

Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, who passed away this year at the age of 92, played a significant role in shaping our understanding of the print revolution.