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July 26, 2017

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Professionalizing History 10: The Humanities and The Sciences

On January 9th, 2016, I found myself sitting in a class titled the exact same name as this series: Professionalizing History. The professor started the very first class with a shocking statement: “What’s wrong with all of you?” followed up with “Why on earth would you all decide to waste your lives on a subject

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Why Did the Prohibition Movement Gain Support Between 1900 and 1920?

The temperance movement, which at its peak was known as the prohibition movement, discouraged the use and consumption of alcoholic beverages throughout the United Sates. Since the use of alcohol was often associated with poverty and insanity, considerable social ills throughout the states, reform movements oftentimes had temperance within their platforms. The prohibition movement didn’t

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How Did Progressive Reforms Affect the Power of Party Bosses?

The main objective of the Progressive movement was to eliminate the corruption seen throughout the American government. Targeting political machines and their corporate bosses, the Progressives believed that by taking down corrupt representatives, America could finally establish a direct democracy. Another main goal of the Progressive movement was to regulate monopolies and bust up the trusts

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Ten Cent Beer Night

On June 4th, 1974, a baseball game between the Cleveland Indians and the Texas Rangers essentially proved that humankind has some pretty sad flaws in a rather hilarious way. The Major League Baseball’s Cleveland Indians, attempting to draw in as many fans as possible, thought it would be a great idea to hold a promotion

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Professionalizing History 8: Historiography and Relative Significance

Historiography is a fundamental part of any historian’s life. Whether they be a professional professor, a public researcher, or a simple hobbyist, understanding the history of historical writing is a rather foundational aspect of the job title. It’s also, unfortunately, where many students of the subject get discouraged. The two of the most ‘daunting’ obstacles

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C.S. Lewis and The First World War

I’ll be the first to admit that C.S. Lewis is beyond my personal expertise. Although I’ve found myself to be in love with the “classics” and have a vast collection of vintage and antique books within my study, I haven’t ever really looked deep into the works of Narnia nor have I paid too much

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F. Scott Fitzgerald and The First World War

The 1920’s, referred to as The Roaring Twenties, was a great decade to live in. Economics were prosperous, the social diversity was vigorous, and the cultural aspects of the western world was emphasized in almost every way imaginable. Jazz music exploded throughout the streets, modern fashion developed through the ‘flapper’ look of early-twentieth-century women from Britain to

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Ernest Hemingway and The First World War

I believe I have to start this article with a thank you to my high school English teacher, who had us read the ‘Hills Like White Elephants‘ – an intriguing little tale full of semi-confusing metaphors and symbolism that buries a sad (and unfortunately realistic) story. As I’ve discussed with people over podcasts and casual discussion throughout

Book Review: The Economy of Colonial America by Edwin J. Perkins

Edwin J. Perkins, a leading figure in American economic history and one of the main three authors that depict the economic situations of the colonial era, is an emeritus professor at the University of Southern California. He currently resides in Laguana Woods in California, where he pursues his own research despite being “retired”, and spends

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