Building an Economy on Paper Money
A shortage of coined currency led Pennsylvania to begin using paper money in the 1720s. The British didn't like it, but the colonists did.
Were Early American Prisons Similar to Today’s?
A correctional officer’s history of 19th century prisons and modern-day parallels. From Sing Sing to suicide watch, torture treads a fine line.
The Declaration of Independence: Annotated
Related links to free scholarly context on JSTOR for the foundational document in American government.
In Epidemics, the Wealthy Have Always Fled
"The poor, having no choice, remained.”
The 1918 Parade That Spread Death in Philadelphia
In six weeks, 12,000 were dead of influenza.
Early America’s Troubled Relationship With Monkeys
The real and supposed resemblances between humans and non-human primates shaped American conversations about race and society.
Jackie Robinson vs Paul Robeson: A Double Play for the Ages
In 1949, Jackie Robinson testified in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee against Paul Robeson.
Taxation Without Money
The Stamp Act of 1765, which inspired the “taxation without representation” cry, imposed taxes that outraged specific groups of people.
The American Revolution and Genealogy Research
The history of loyalists and rebels in the American Revolution and genealogy research.