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Friday, October 16, 2015
Manners still matter.
Later this month in Los Angeles, at the annual convention of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society — a group that focuses on making systems, devices and machines more human-friendly — researchers plan to report on a study showing that people want robots to be ...
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
Just a few weeks ago, the nonprofit Trust for the National Mall staged a music festival — featuring Drake and the Strokes — to benefit the remarkable public space in Washington, D.C., that includes some of America's most recognizable landmarks, including the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther ...
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
The tradition of lavish, super-indulgent dinners in America, says Becky Libourel Diamond, author of the soon-to-be-published book The Thousand Dollar Dinner, comes from the fact that our country has always been known as the Land of Opportunity for Pursuers of Happiness.
Pass the champagne and caviar.
"Expensive dinners ...
Friday, October 02, 2015
For decades, The Daughter of Dawn was a "lost film" — a buried American treasure. The 1920 multireel, silent movie was rediscovered and restored a few years ago.
Only recently has the movie become more widely available. You can watch it on Netflix. You can also see some representative clips ...
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Historians are telling us that we have seen Donald Trump before — well, parts of him anyway. In other words, the man who wants to be the American president has some American precedents.
Trump has been compared, in variegated ways, to earlier American presidents and statesmen. Catherine Allgor, ...
Thursday, September 17, 2015
History can be tricky. Something that you think has never happened before has, actually, happened before. Someone who seems thoroughly modern actually lived long ago. And a quote that sounds up-to-the-nanosecond contemporary was actually uttered more than 100 years ago.
So let's see how you do: Here are seven items ...
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Fin-de-siecle America — in the final years of the 19th century — was fanatical about fads.
"There is something about the end of a century that sets people to thinking about their collective prospects and ultimate destiny," writes historian H.W. Brands in The Reckless Decade: America in the 1890s.
Thursday, September 10, 2015
The legendary Gold Rush of the late 1840s was a game changer in American history.
The promise of overnight wealth — and the industries that rose up around the wealth-seekers — lured legions of people from all over the world to Northern California and to cities and towns along the ...
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
Maybe it was in the spirit of rebellion against the strict rules of American society during the Victorian Era. Maybe it was a personal sense of freedom and expansion that mirrored the national movement westward. Or maybe it was a case of safety, and certainty, in numbers. But for some ...
Thursday, September 03, 2015
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Florida Cowboys Week: Part One
To Mary K. Herron and others, the history of black cowboys in Florida is a venerable element of the state's past.
To that end, Herron, who is director of development at the Florida Agricultural Museum in Palm Coast, is busy assembling a traveling ...
Friday, August 28, 2015
Once thought to be ephemeral and fleeting, the keeping of keepsakes online may be the best way to hold on to — and to share — historic photographs and documents.
That's the thinking behind "Culture in Transit," a project that "democratizes and preserves New York's cultural heritage by ...
Monday, August 24, 2015
The brutal death of Emmett Till — an African-American teenager — in Mississippi in August of 1955, and the subsequent acquittal of his white murderers by an all-white jury, was a pivotal moment in the surge for civil rights in America.
Till, 14, was kidnapped, beaten and shot ...
Thursday, August 20, 2015
Just about a century ago, an international student at a college in the United States was telling someone what she likes best about the English language: American slang. "I must learn it," she said. "It is so unexpected."
For example, she was surprised to learn — according to a November ...
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
Strange, isn't it, we remark to Sandra L. Oliver — founder and editor of Food History News — that Americans in the 19th century ate foods such as robins and calf's foot jelly and boiled eels.
She cautions against criticism of previous generations or other cultures. "You are ...
Thursday, August 13, 2015
The clubs, balls, vast verdant courses, garish outfits: Golf in America has arguably become rather ho-hum and predictable as the 2015 PGA Championship tournament tees off this week at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wis.
But over the years, various people — in attempts to expand the American golfing experience — ...
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
Seaside, riverside and lakeshore beaches in America today are democratic scenes — level playing fields for folks of all stripes.
Not so in summers past.
Dunes And Don'ts
Time was, certain beaches in America were off limits to people of color. Some beachgoers publicly objected to women and men bathing ...
Thursday, August 06, 2015
In the early years of photography, shooters in America began taking pictures of people from the back. Thumb through old turn-of-the-20th century snapshots — in this country and in Europe — and you are liable to see women, men, couples facing "the wrong direction."
Sometimes you see only one eye ...