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The Spanish Influenza Pandemic of 1918: An Indicator of Things to Come?

by Philip Jett It was 1918 and there was a killer on the loose. Worse than any serial predator in modern history, its deadly grasp was swift, its hold resolute, and its thirst for killing unquenchable. No one was safe.

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Posted in Contemporary History, Modern History

The Last Voyage of the Andrea Doria: “A Living Testament to the Importance of Beauty in the Everyday World”

By Greg King and Penny Wilson In The Last Voyage of the Andrea Doria, Greg King and Penny Wilson offer a fresh look at the legendary liner and her tragic fate. Andrea Doria represented the romance of travel, the possibility of new

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Posted in Military History, Modern History

Voyage of Mercy: “The Distress is Universal”

by Stephen Puleo Ireland, 1846. Father Theobald Mathew implores assistant secretary at the British Treasury, Charles Trevelyan, to provide aid to Ireland as the potato blight ruins crops across the country. Read on for an excerpt from Voyage of Mercy.

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Frida Kahlo and the Case of the Devalued Woman Artist

 By Celia Stahr Today, Frida Kahlo is one of the most celebrated artists in the world. Millions of people line up to pay homage to her work. Frida bags, bracelets, earrings, and shirts can be purchased around the globe. However,

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America’s Remarkable First Humanitarian Mission: Widespread Aid to Ireland During the Great Famine

By Stephen Puleo Stephen Puleo, author of Voyage of Mercy, discusses the remarkable story of the mission that inspired a nation to donate massive relief to Ireland during the potato famine and began America’s tradition of providing humanitarian aid around

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