statue of liberty
American History

Symbols of Freedom: The Statue of Liberty

February 14, 2017

The Statue of Liberty is a symbol of freedom, recognized around the world, and it heralded this wave of immigration that gave America a much more diverse face, though it didn’t start out that way, or with that purpose in mind. […]

Double page illustration of the Sack of Baghdad in 1258 by Rashid-ad-Din's
History

The Mongol Sack of Baghdad in 1258

February 9, 2017

By Eamonn Gearon, M.A., Johns Hopkins University The Mongol conquest of the Abbasid Caliphate culminated in the horrific sack of Baghdad that effectively ended the Islamic Golden Age. The […]

British History

British India: An Era of Economic Uncertainty

February 8, 2017

How did one of the most vibrant commercial centers in the global economy drift toward colonialism, and how did this set the stage for an eventual conquest of India, by both regional Indian and foreign powers? […]

professor Hayden Bellenoit
History

A History of British India: The Torch Podcast

February 6, 2017

On this episode of The Torch, host Ed Leon and professor Hayden Bellenoit discuss the complicated and tumultuous British rule of India. Listen in as they examine the global saga of colonialism and imperialism, including the clashing interests of commerce, culture, and sovereignty that it created. […]

British History

The Great Fire of London

January 24, 2017

By Professor Robert Bucholz, Loyola University Chicago The summer of 1666 was hot and dry. Most people were grateful because they thought that the heat would […]

Statue of Thomas Jefferson in the Jefferson Memorial
American History

The Inauguration of Thomas Jefferson

January 20, 2017

By Gary W. Gallagher, Ph.D., University of Virginia; Patrick N. Allitt, Ph.D., Emory University; Allen C. Guelzo, Ph.D., Gettysburg University There was no question in Thomas Jefferson’s mind but that his […]

American History

Martin Luther King, Jr.— American Prophet

January 16, 2017

By Allen C. Guelzo, Ph.D., Gettysburg College Martin Luther King, Jr’s, success stemmed from formidable oratory skills sharpened at the pulpit coupled with an intellectual and theological prowess […]

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American History

Remember the Alamo

January 8, 2017

By Allen C. Guelzo,Ph.D, Gettysburg College As Americans swarmed into the territories of the Louisiana Purchase, they triggered a major conflict with Mexico over American […]

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