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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Posted in Modern History

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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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

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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Posted in Military History, Modern History

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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Posted in Modern History

The White House Drone Crash and the Coming Privacy Nightmare

White House drone crash

by Dan Bongino

At approximately 3:00 a.m. on Monday, January 26, 2015, a two-foot-long, commercially available, quadcopter drone crashed onto the sprawling South Grounds of the White House complex after being spotted by a Secret Service Uniformed Division officer. Although the White House drone crash was downplayed by the presidential and security staff, Pandora’s Box had been opened and the entire world saw what was inside. Read more ›

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Posted in Contemporary History

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