The Transformation of Christmas

by Judith Flanders

While Christmas has transformed itself over the centuries, from a time for the nobility to display their wealth to their dependents, to a time for adults to enjoy what little extra they could gather, to a festival … Read the article

A Tip From Uncle Sam with Christmas Greetings

by William K. Klingaman

In the midst of World War II, department stores across America were anticipating the biggest commercial Christmas rush in United States history. Fur coats, silk dinner pajamas, and ostrich capes became all the rage. But what … Read the article

Do We Believe in Equality?

by Michael A. Bellesiles

One of my favorite stories from the long struggle for equality concerns the scientist Helen Hamilton Gardener. In 1889, she challenged the leading male exponent of female mental inferiority to examine a human brain and determine … Read the article

The First Emperor and the Unification of China

by Michael Wood

Author Michael Wood has traveled the length and breadth of China, the world’s oldest civilization and longest lasting state, to tell a thrilling story of intense drama, fabulous creativity, and deep humanity that stretches back thousands of … Read the article

Roosevelt the Rancher

by Erin Lindsey

“I do not believe there ever was any life more attractive to a vigorous young fellow than life on a cattle ranch in those days.”

–Theodore Roosevelt

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