Paul Revere: Revolutionary Dissent

Paul Revere

by Stephen Solomon

Paul Revere: The Silver Smith

When John Singleton Copley painted a portrait of Paul Revere in 1768, he depicted an idealized image of one of Boston’s leading artisans. Revere, then in his mid-thirties, sits behind a polished table that shows none of the scars and discolorations of an artisan’s workbench. He is dressed informally in an open, full-sleeved white linen shirt with a blue-green waistcoat that he left unbuttoned. He cradles his chin in his right hand, while his left holds a round teapot whose surface is smooth and unadorned, awaiting the finishing decorations. His engraving tools lie at his elbow and ready to use. Read more ›

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Orson Welles: The Origins of Citizen Kane

Orson Welles

by Harlan Lebo

Orson Welles: Asking for the impossible

The creation of Citizen Kane is a story of many contrasts: it is a celebration of artistic vision and a disturbing account of corporate conspiracy. It is a drama that played out in the make-believe world of sound-stages in Hollywood as well as the real-life boardrooms of New York City and at a mountaintop palace high above the Pacific coast. It is the public story of a private witch hunt: how a media organization that claimed “genuine democracy” as its maxim sought to strangle the First Amendment, first by trying to suppress Citizen Kane and then by attempting to destroy it. Read more ›

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Who Killed the Racehorse Sunny Man?

Sunbriar Sunny Man

by Eliza McGraw

The Sunny Man Mystery

In May of 1925, a strong, beautiful racehorse named Sunny Man died in agony, thrashing in his stall, his lips turning blue. His death horrified horsemen, who were equally concerned with the idea that it had been intentional. Who or what killed Sunny Man? Read more ›

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Lusitania: Triumph and Tragedy


by Greg Kind and Penny Wilson

Lusitania Prologue
Saturday, May 1, 1915

A rainy twilight fell over New York City on April 30, 1915. Spring was late that year: indeed, an unexpected blizzard had nearly paralyzed the city three weeks earlier. Rushing crowds filled the slippery sidewalks, dodging puddles and splashing water cast off by passing motorcars. Bells on trolleys clanged, horns honked, and horses pulling elegant carriages snorted and stomped along the wet pavement in a cacophony of sound that formed the city’s own unique symphony of life. Read more ›

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The SS Californian: Avoiding Titanic Icebergs

SS Califonian

by David Dyer

Excerpt taken from The Midnight Watch: A Novel of the Titanic and the SS Californian

Stone walked back to the SS Californian’s rail and looked again towards the south. The three icebergs had drifted astern but he could still see them, stately and tall and brilliantly lit. But he knew not all icebergs were like this. Some were low and grey, and tonight there would be no moon. He wondered how, during the dark hours of the midnight watch, he would able to see them. Read more ›

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