John Wesley Hardin and the Wild West of Dodge City

dodge city kansas hardin

by Tom Clavin

The word “gunfighter” in America can be traced back to 1874, but it wasn’t until around 1900 that it was more commonly used. The term that most people used in the 1870s was “shootist,” or the more specific “man killer.” An example of one was John Wesley Hardin.
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Helen Rappaport: Caught up in the History of the Russian Revolution

Helen Rappaport

by Helen Rappaport

It began many years ago – around twenty, if I recall correctly, when I visited a dusty and cluttered second-hand book shop in Burford in the Cotswolds. ‘Have you got any old books about Russia?’, I asked, this being the question I always asked during my compulsive book-collecting days. I had long been a collector of 18th and 19th century accounts of Russia, but on that particular day, ferreting through a particularly dirty pile of old books on the floor of an upstairs room in that book shop, I came across a tatty red book called I Photograph Russia. Read more ›

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Anchor Hocking Glass and the Shattering of the All-American Town

Anchor Hocking

by Brian R. Alexander

Thomas Fulton drove one of the few automobiles in Lancaster, Ohio to the local train depot on the town’s south side. Fulton, a leader of the Hocking Glass Company, hoped to meet a crew of men there who would work in the Hocking’s plant, known as the Black Cat for its heavily carbon-dusted exterior, on the town’s west side. Read more ›

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Cecil Vandepeer Clarke: Churchill’s Secret Weapon

Cecil Vandepeer Clarke

by Giles Milton

Cecil Vandepeer Clarke viewed his caravan with the sort of affection that most men reserve for their wives. He polished it, tinkered with it and buffed up its cream paintwork with generous quantities of Richfield Auto Wax. Read more ›

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Jeffersonian Federalism and the Origins of State Rights

Jeffersonian Federalism

by Kevin R. C. Gutzman

Thomas Jefferson’s name is most commonly associated in American popular culture with what we now call “democracy,” which Jefferson’s friend and collaborator James Madison called “republicanism”: government by elected officials. Abundant evidence supports that Jefferson placed a high priority on this principle. Read more ›

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