Postcard of the original star spangled banner
American History

The Star-Spangled Banner: Stitch by Stitch

September 4, 2017

The star-spangled banner tells the story of how our fledgling country was in peril in 1814; how the defense of a small fort in Baltimore gave heart to a people; and how we have defined, loved, and almost destroyed, and saved a national treasure. […]

space shuttle Discovery's orbiter tribute (Image: By NASA/Amy Lombardo)
American History

Project Mercury, a Chimp, and the Moon: The Cold War in Space

August 31, 2017

On October 4, 1957, the Soviets launched Sputnik I putting pressure on the United States space program as the cold war played out in space. The Mercury Seven was a group of test pilots recruited as the first American astronauts. Before launching a human into space, NASA successfully sent Ham, a chimpanzee, into orbit and assured his safe return. NASA and the United States were now ready to grow their space program to the moon and beyond. […]

Alexander Hamilton portrait on a ten dollar bill
American History

Alexander Hamilton: His Ideal Republic

August 24, 2017

Alexander Hamilton believed the most natural form of government was a republic in which everyone would have the freedom to exercise their natural rights, but his childhood in the West Indies taught him that some may be excluded. […]

American Bison (Image: Nagel Photography/Shutterstock)
American History

American Bison: A Story of Near Extinction and Conservation

July 26, 2017

With the American bison nearing extinction, William Temple Hornaday, a Smithsonian taxidermist, took it upon himself to lead a conservation effort to save the buffalo. His pioneering efforts led to the founding of the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. […]

Large statue representing Shaka at Camden Market in London, England. (Image: Jacob Truedson Demitz/Public domain)
History

Shaka Zulu: Creator and Destroyer

July 18, 2017

In the decades around 1800 the southern Bantu underwent dramatic Change as centralized kingdoms replaced smaller cheifdoms. This led to the modern Zulu kingdom under is great founder Shaka Zulu. Professor Kenneth Vickery discusses these changes and examines the great chief Shaka Zulu. […]

Closeup of hand with chopsticks taking roll. Ginger, soy, wasabi dish (Image: Prostock-studio/Shutterstock)
History

The Story of Japanese Cuisine

July 16, 2017

Put out of your minds several preconceived notions about what Japanese cuisine is. Japan’s a very different, very rapidly changing place today, especially in terms of food. Even sushi—in its original form—was very different from what it is today. […]

European History

History of Bastille Day

July 11, 2017

Getting Ready for Bastille Day, 2017! Learn about the history and celebrations of July 14th from Professor Ann Williams, professor of French. […]

First flight of Wright (Brothers) 1903 Flyer
American History

The Importance of Experimenting: The Wright Brothers

July 8, 2017

At the turn of the century, The Wright brothers’ ground-breaking inventions captured the spirit of innovation in our nation. Even today, their methods illustrate the importance of experimenting during the process of inventing. […]

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