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Exploring the LGBT History of Brooklyn

by Hugh Ryan Hugh Ryan’s When Brooklyn Was Queer is a groundbreaking exploration of the LGBT history of Brooklyn, from the early days of Walt Whitman in the 1850s up through the queer women who worked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during

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Henry James, the Bowery, and New York Jews

by Alice Sparberg Alexiou In 1904, at the apex of his career, Henry James came home from Europe for the first time in more than 20 years. He’d written many books—Daisy Miller, The Wings of the Dove, What Maisie Knew, Portrait

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The 18th-Century Politics of Santa Claus in America

by Judith Flanders Instead of deriving from folklore, or quaint colonial customs, or religion, the American emergence of Santa Claus was rooted in late-eighteenth-century politics, in the formation of clubs and societies based around ethnic or cultural groups, which came

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Pop Warner and the World’s First Indoor Professional Football Tournament

Pop Warner

by Steve Sheinkin After four seasons at the Carlisle Indian School, Pop Warner was already considered one of the brightest and most innovative coaches in football.  However, Pop made the dubious decision to take the field for one last game

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Five Technological Breakthroughs of the Erie Canal

Erie Canal

by Jack Kelly Five Technological Breakthroughs of the Erie Canal A canal is just a ditch, right? Think again. Artificial rivers like the Erie Canal were dynamic systems that challenged engineers of the 1820s. Water continually flowed in and out

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