|First Flag of 13 Colonies Up for Auction In NYC|
April 04, 2014, The Associated Press by Staff
A New York City auctioneer is offering for sale a rare Revolutionary War flag it says could bring between $1 million and $3 million.
Doyle New York says the 1775 Forster Flag is the earliest surviving flag representing the 13 original colonies.
|New AMC drama ‘Turn’: a Revolutionary War spy ring|
April 03, 2014, The Associated Press by Frazier Moore
A classic spoof of the Revolutionary War finds Gen. George Washington interrupted by a bill collector out on the battlefield.
“Could you come back in a little while?” Washington proposes. “I’m going down in history at the moment.”
In real life, Washington didn’t know he was going down in history any more than do the characters of “Turn,” a new AMC drama about four young Americans who find themselves part of an espionage network destined to help the Continentals beat their British oppressors. It premieres Sunday (9 p.m. EDT).
|What Really Killed William Henry Harrison?|
March 31, 2014, The New York Times by Jane Mchugh and Philip A. Mackowiak
William Henry Harrison, the ninth president of the United States, holds a distinction that with luck will never be equaled: He was our shortest-serving president, dying on April 4, 1841, after just a month in office.
What killed him? Historians have long accepted the diagnosis of Harrison’s doctor, Thomas Miller: “pneumonia of the lower lobe of the right lung, complicated by congestion of the liver.”
|How to Unmake a Sea Serpent: The Case of the Scoliophis Atlanticus|
March 29, 2014, EsoterX by Staff
The process of unmaking monsters is often as illuminating as the process of making them. Not debunking them, rather historically revising them, for certainly a “hoax is a hoax, of course, of course” and humans are indeed predisposed to regard the unfamiliar with horror (evolutionarily important, since before we figured out that rocks were good for hitting things over the head with, it was a good bet that the unfamiliar was distinctly interested in eating you), rather I’m speaking of the steady and inexorable reinterpretation of phenomena into noumena (that which is known without the use of senses) over time. The mechanism by which conventional wisdom asserts itself to explain away the anomalistic across the years and establish the ever-elusive, scientific “truth”, a truth that is only ever at best admittedly partial (and thus discontinuous with some sort of universal verity), is in the sagacious words of Charles Hoy Fort, “like looking for a needle that no one ever lost in a haystack that never was”.
|Rare 1778 Letter from George Washington for Sale|
March 24, 2014, The Associated Press by Staff
An inspirational 1778 letter written by George Washington to the leaders of Philadelphia during the Revolutionary War is for sale.
Nathan Raab, a dealer in rare letters and autographs, tells Newsworks.org that Washington wrote the letter in December 1778, shortly after British forces withdrew from Philadelphia.
|As Richmond mulls a slavery heritage site, supporter of stalled museum speaks up|
March 21, 2014, The Washington Post (DC) by Susan Svrluga
The goal was modest at first: Illuminate a dark and hidden chapter of this Confederate capital’s history.
As the Richmond City Council Slave Trail Commission explored the neighborhood of Shockoe Bottom, it uncovered stories and relics that exposed Richmond’s role as an epicenter of the U.S. slave trade. An auction house. A gallows. A jail. Gradually, the idea of marking a slave trail grew into the bigger vision of creating a historical site, with both the state and city likely to help fund the effort. There is even talk of building a slavery museum.
|Bonnie Prince Charlie portrait found by art historian Bendor Grosvenor|
March 21, 2014, The Guardian (UK) by Maev Kennedy
A genuine and acceptably bonny portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie has been rediscovered, by the remorseful art historian who broke hearts in the Scottish souvenir industry by debunking the best-known portrait of the national hero, immortalised on countless tins of shortbread.
The long-lost portrait of the pink-cheeked prince was painted in Edinburgh in 1745 by one of Scotland's most renowned artists, Allan Ramsay, in the year the Young Pretender, grandson of the deposed Stuart king James II, launched a doomed invasion of England in an attempt to restore his family to the throne. It is the only known portrait of the prince made in Britain: the butchery of the battle of Culloden ended the Jacobite rebellion, Charles spent the rest of his life in exile, died in 1788 and was buried in Rome.
|The ‘year of awe’|
March 19, 2014, DailyDose by Tessa Harris
A deadly fog that killed both man and beast, a blood-red moon, savage thunderstorms and great meteors: no wonder most people in eastern England thought the world was about to end in 1783!
coverSince the publication of my third novel, The Devil’s Breath, in January, several readers have told me they had never heard of this eponymous phenomenon that caused so much havoc in Europe in the years 1783-4. I have a confession to make; nor had I. Not, that is, until in April 2010 when most of Scotland and England and, indeed, much of northern Europe, found themselves at the mercy of a volcanic ash cloud. Thousands of flights were canceled, millions of air passengers were stranded and the economic fall-out was huge. I had friends who found themselves stuck in Italy for over a week longer than they planned and my husband couldn’t fulfil a business engagement in Aberdeen.
|Student Breaks 19th Century Greco-Roman Statue While Taking a Selfie|
March 18, 2014, Time by Francesca Trianni
There are a few basic rules in museums. The first: don’t touch the art. The second: don’t take selfies while touching the art.
At a museum in Milan, Italy, a student reportedly broke that second rule: he climbed on a statue dating back to the early 19th century to take a selfie and caused the statue’s left leg to fall off. The discovery was made on Tuesday morning by the staff of the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera, one of Italy’s most renowned academic institutions, and it was apparently also recorded by security cameras.
|Were the Irish Living in the Southeast Before Columbus Arrived?|
March 17, 2014, Indian Country Today by Christina Rose
Irish culture is filled with tales of fairies, banshees and leprechauns, and there is nothing as Irish as a good story. It only makes sense then that there could be a good Native American story about the Irish, maybe as unprovable as the others, but as one archaeologist said, “Anything is possible.”
There are records that suggest the Irish came to America before Christopher Columbus, but while there is no solid evidence, there certainly are hints.
|If Our Founding Fathers Were All Christians, Why Did They Say This?|
March 17, 2014, Daily Kos by Tolerant Libertarian
Nobody can deny the fact that Christianity has played a huge role in our history. From the first Thanksgiving to the ideas of Jesus Christ that are embroidered in our culture today, Christianity and the Bible is responsible a big part of our heritage.
However, many conservatives will take this fact way out of context. They'll think that you have to be a Christian to be patriotic, which is simply not true. Following the more secular teachings of Jesus Christ (being charitable, loving one another, treating strangers with kindness) is what the men who founded this country were for.
|10 Things You May Not Know About Andrew Jackson|
March 14, 2014, History.com by Christopher Klein
The first Irish-American president? The answer may surprise you. While John F. Kennedy was the first Irish-Catholic president, Andrew Jackson was the first chief executive with roots in the Emerald Isle. As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, learn more about that and nine other surprising facts pertaining to “Old Hickory.”
|Sheila Jackson Lee Thinks the Constitution is 400 Years Old|
March 12, 2014, Washington Free Beacon (DC) by Staff
Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D., Texas) declared the U.S. Constitution to be 400 years old Wednesday on the House floor, which would mean it was signed in 1614.
|Rio’s Race to Future Intersects Slave Past|
March 08, 2014, The New York Times by Simon Romero
Sailing from the Angolan coast across the Atlantic, the slave ships docked here in the 19th century at the huge stone wharf, delivering their human cargo to the “fattening houses” on Valongo Street. Foreign chroniclers described the depravity in the teeming slave market, including so-called boutiques selling emaciated and diseased African children.
The newly arrived slaves who died before they even started toiling in Brazil’s mines were hauled to a mass grave nearby, their corpses left to decay amid piles of garbage. As imperial plantations flourished, diggers at the Cemitério dos Pretos Novos — Cemetery of New Blacks — crushed the bones of the dead, making way for thousands of new cadavers.
|Rare book offers clues to China's musical past|
March 04, 2014, BBC (UK) by Staff
A book stored in Cambridge for the last two centuries has been identified as a rare record of early Chinese music.
The significance of the book, entitled Xian Di Pipa Pu, was recognised last month by a visiting Chinese scholar.
According to Professor Zhiwu Wu of the Xinghai Conservatory in Guangzhou, the book is a "rare volume of pre-modern Chinese musical notation".
The book was brought to England from China in the early 19th Century after surviving a Napoleonic naval skirmish.
|Here’s How the Biased Liberal New York Times Covered 12 Years a Slave in 1853|
March 03, 2014, New York Magazine by Jonathan Chait
The shameful liberal bias that resulted in the outpouring of recognition for 12 Years a Slave has been well-documented by a handful of freedom-loving dissidents against the racial correctness of the Obama era. James Bowman of the American Spectator:
“If ever in slavery’s 250-year history in North America there were a kind master or a contented slave, as in the nature of things there must have been, here and there, we may be sure that Mr McQueen does not want us to hear about it.”
|History reburied? NY's 1755 battle site covered up|
March 02, 2014, The Associated Press by Chris Carola
The French and Indian War battle won here by green Colonial troops is just a footnote in most history books, but the way Randy Patten sees it, the New England farmers who fell during an ambush that opened the fighting didn't need to be buried a second time, 250 years later.
In the 1990s, a businessman was granted permission by the town of Lake George to fill in his vacant, sloping property. The land borders the wooded ravine where about 1,000 British Colonial troops and 200 of their Mohawk Indian allies were ambushed by a larger force of French and Indians on the morning of Sept. 8, 1755.
|The Bicholim Conflict|
February 28, 2014, Now I Know by Dan Lewis.
The Bicholim Conflict lasted either eight months or five and a half years, depending on one’s vantage point. It either began in the middle of 1640 and lasted until early 1641; or it started on the fourth of July, 2007, and came crashing down on December 29, 2012. It took place in what is now the Indian state of Goa, or it took place in cyberspace. Either way, no one died.
|George Washington: Boozehound|
February 22, 2014, Reason.com by Stanton Peele
Reason TV's Meredith Bragg informed us of George Washington’s whiskey production. He didn’t tell us, however, about Washington’s alcohol consumption, which was, at times, prodigious. That consumption by Washington and his fellow founding fathers has been whitewashed—sometimes literally—from American history by the intervening Temperance movement, whose effects still drive us. For instance, the classic picture of Washington taking his farewell from his troops at Fraunces Tavern in New York—which, of course, involved a toast—was painted with a serving flask clearly visible. This container was painted out of these same pictures later, in the nineteenth century, reminiscent of Soviet photos with purged former leaders excised.
February 21, 2014, Now I Know by Dan Lewis
Pictured above is one of the most iconic images in American history, even though it’s historically inaccurate. The painting, titled “Washington Crossing the Delaware,” depicts the start of the Battle of Trenton, a famous battle in the American Revolution. General George Washington is leading the Continental Army across the Delaware River into Trenton, New Jersey, late on the evening of Christmas, 1776. Across the river were a garrison of German soldiers-of-fortune known as Hessians, who were fighting in support of the British. Washington’s army overwhelmed the surprised Hessians, and the colonies were able to recapture Trenton before noon the next day. The battle is widely regarded as one of the key moments in the War of Independence, acting as a rallying point for the outnumbered and otherwise overmatched colonists in their struggle versus the British.
The Americans, of course, won the war. But the British destroyed the painting.
|Fort Caroline Found? Oldest Fortified Settlement In North America May Be Located In Georgia|
February 21, 2014, International Business Times by Zoe Mintz
The oldest fortified European settlement in North America has been found – in theory at least.
According to two Florida researchers, the legendary Fort Caroline settlement was found. The announcement made during an international conference at Florida State University reveals the fort built by the French in 1564 is located approximately 70 miles away from where researchers thought it stood.
|Old Time Farm Crime: The Opium Wars|
February 20, 2014, Modern Farmer by Andrew Amelinckx
It was a major drug bust with more than 1,600 arrests and the confiscation of 11,000 pounds of a highly addictive substance.
No, this wasn’t a DEA raid of a major meth operation, or an Interpol investigation into international drug smuggling. It was the year 1839 and the Chinese government was cracking down on British importation of opium. The drug issue was a powder keg that led to a series of wars between the two countries over the course of more than 20 years and changed both nations for generations.
|Twenty skeletons appear in 'macabre' Malmö find|
February 17, 2014, The Local (Sweden) by Staff
The human remains, which include both adults and children, were discovered last week beneath the pavement along Djäknegatan in Malmö's old town, as workers installed a district heating system.
...The area served as a cemetery for the old Malmö hospital between 1690 and 1820, Sarnäs explained.
|Beach Burials Reveal Slaving Legacy|
February 11, 2014, Past Horizons by Staff
Coastal erosion of Saint -François, on the south coast of Grande-Terre, part of the Guadeloupe group of islands in the Lesser Antilles, has partially destroyed a colonial era cemetery situated on the beach. An archaeological excavation of the eroded area has been carried out by Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Préventives (INRAP).
...Guadeloupe had lucrative sugar plantations and a large slave population. Slavery was finally abolished in 1848, which was largely due to a campaign led by Victor Schoelcher, a French politician.
|George Africanus: Work to uncover former slave's life|
February 10, 2014, BBC (UK) by Staff
Research will be done to find out more about the life of a west African slave who became a successful entrepreneur in England.
George Africanus is thought to have been born in Sierra Leone in 1763, then given as a present to the Molineux family in Wolverhampton in 1766.