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Joseph Kaminski

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November 23, 2017

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Chicago Riots

Unified in Misery, Divided by Discrimination: An Analysis of Cohen’s “Making a New Deal”

Previously on this site, I published a rather short book review on Lizabeth Cohen’s “Making a New Deal”. Much like I enjoyed reading the book twice, I’ve enjoyed writing about it twice. In what ways were workers united and divided before the Great Depression? How did labor gain and fail to advance under the New Deal legislation? Here’s an

Book Review: Making a New Deal by Lizabeth Cohen

History in general is stained with tales of greatness…tales that that play off the harsh climate of sociopolitical and economic turmoil and celebrate the ingenuity or ‘progress’ made in a world that lacked connections to modern society. It is within Making a New Deal: Industrial Workers in Chicago 1919-1939 that Cohen tackles the myth of

ironclads

Book Review: Duel Between the First Ironclads

William C. Davis, author of Duel Between the First Ironclads, is a well-respected American historian who spent time as a Professor of History at Virginia Tech from 2000 – 2013; and he has spent most of his career doing research on the American South. He has written around forty books focused on southern U.S. history around

Martha Ballard's Diary

A Midwife’s Tale: The Story of Individualism in an Institutionalized History

Martha Ballard was an American midwife and medicinal healer who has, in the two hundred years succeeding her death, allowed historians to better understand colonial history through an individualistic and more feminine perspective. Most aspects of domestic life from Martha’s world was recorded and transcribed through the economic records of men and the period transcripts

Ötzi

Cold Case: Ötzi the Iceman

Ötzi the Iceman is perhaps the most internationally recognized and well-known example of a non-Egyptian mummified figure. His mysterious life and death is the perfect example of being able to understand an entire eradicated culture through the remains of a single individual. Ötzi was discovered in September of 1991 by tourists who were hiking the

Anthropology of ‘Dying Peoples’

When asked for evidence for either argument on the topic of another world, we (to a certain extent) must admit to ourselves that there is none. We, on both sides of this rather controversial argument, attach ourselves to 3,000-year-old literature or modern-day scientific theories in attempt to prove that our existence means something…anything. Why must there be a

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