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December 13, 2017

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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

temperance movement

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

The Postmodernization of Sex, Gender, and HIV

The Postmodernization of Sex and Gender by William Simon is an interesting example on how modern idealism has changed over time. Postmodernism is essentially the modern-day brain-child of Western philosophy which focuses on the “construction of truth” throughout world views, religion, and identity. When understanding the “truth”, one must be willing to accept newly furnished

Nietzsche vs Sartre

Existential Self-Realization: Comparing Nietzsche and Sartre

Nietzsche and Sartre are oftentimes compared as “atheistic existentialists” in the world of philosophy. One similarity between the two would have to be their use of in-depth analyzation for determining the process of life. Nietzsche, in “The Gay Science”, discusses the concept of Amor fati or “love of fate”, which is essentially Nietzsche’s definition of

Babylonian Astronomy

As long as mankind could ponder the world surrounding them, there’s been a unique interest in looking upwards. Some early societies looked up to the sun, grateful for plentiful harvest and fearing a drought that could end it all. Most, if not all, looked up for a heaven – a paradise that gave comfort after

Betamax vs VHS: The Videotape Format War

Lasting from the late 1970s and pursuing into the 1980s, the videotape format war influenced the modern world through intense capitalistic competition between the models of consumer-level analog videocassettes and cassette recorders. The two sides? The Betamax and the Video Home System, commonly referred to as the VHS. It’s kind of amazing to think of this in a “historical” sense. But, it’s also how modern technology works. The VHS won this war, becoming the dominant home video format for a period of time, but ultimately it would become obsolete on its own terms.

HMS Pinafore

H.M.S. Pinafore: Plot Summary and Analysis

The H.M.S. Pinafore, also known as The Lass That Loved a Sailor, is a comic opera which was first presented at London’s Opera Comique on May 25th, 1878. It should be relevant to discuss how successful this play was during its original running, having exactly 571 performances before fading off the stage – making it the second-longest running of a musical theatre piece at the time. The fourth collaboration between Gilbert and Sullivan, H.M.S. Pinafore was their first international sensation and eventually becoming one of the most intriguing plays of the era.

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