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Joseph Kaminski

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July 18, 2018

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Quick History: Vampires and Sexuality

How and when did vampires become synonymous with sexuality? Vampires became synonymous with sexuality as the folkloric ideologies of vampires merged with popular culture in the 20th and 21st centuries. The topic of “sexuality” had been present in certain strands of vamires in folkloric mentions (ie. certain vampires returning to ‘eat the breasts’ of female relatives in

Quick History: Why did people believe in the undead?

Essentially, modern medicine and science didn’t have proper explanations for an improper burial or the methods of disposing of bodies. According to Vampires, Burial & Death by Paul Barber: animal scavenging, shallow graves and the erosion of soil, grave robbers, and flooding were all ways in which the deceased would “unearth” and return to this world.

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Quick History: Cleopatra’s Influence on Women in Rome

What was the influence Cleopatra had on Roman women and how was she able to become popular among the Roman population?  In the late 40s BCE, Julius Caesar brought Cleopatra and their 2-year-old son to his Empire. This is the first real cultural elegance that the Romans experienced from the Egyptians, as Cleopatra was a very highly intelligent woman. When

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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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Quick History: The Month of August

If you’re like me, you just realized that 2016 is already well over halfway finished. We’ve entered the eighth month of the year 2016, yet I still feel like it’s 2012. For the next thirty-one days (counting today), the Gregorian calendar will be flipped to the month of August. The month of peridot and sardonyx, of gladiolus and poppy, and of Leo and Virgo.

Quick History: The Spread of Prohibition

As America entered the Great War, the temperance movement became much more noticeable. In 1918, Congress passed the 18th Amendment to the Constitution – which completely prohibited all sectors of the trade for alcohol. From manufacturing, transporting, selling, or consuming alcoholic beverages, the states agreed to ratified the amendment within less than a year.

Quick History: Leap Year

Happy Leap Year! Our modern day Gregorian calendar is far from perfect. None of the calendar systems in use perfectly reflect the length of a tropical year, which happens to be approximately 365.242189 days long on average. There are better calendars than the one currently in use, the Gregorian calendar, which inherited its name from Pope Gregory XIII, who introduced it in October 1582.

Quick History: Australia Day

On January 26th, 1788, Royal Navy officer Captain Arthur Phillip guided a fleet of eleven British ships, each carrying convicts, to the colony of New South Wales. This date has gone down in history as the “foundation” of Australia. After overcoming a period of difficult settling and problems, the colony began to celebrate the anniversary of this date as the birth of their nation.