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The Achaemenid Empire

The Achaemenid Empire was founded by Cyrus II in the 6th century BCE, and it became an empire unlike any the world...

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The Jacobite Rising of 1745

Portrayals of this piece of Scottish and English history are often simultaneously romanticized and oversimplified....

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Mary Ann Shadd Cary

She was a black Canadian-American who became the first woman in North America to publish and edit a newspaper. She...

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Unearthed! in July!

We're halfway through the year, and we have SO MANY unearthed items already! So, after polling listeners, we're...

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U.S. Contraband Camps

When three escaped slaves showed up at a Union position during the U.S. Civil War, the decision of how to handle the...

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Yosemite and James Hutchings, Pt. 1

Once Yosemite had been seen by white men, it became the focus of a great deal of attention, both for its natural...

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The Harlem Hellfighters and Henry Johnson

In WWI, a black U.S. Army unit became one of the most decorated of the war. When these soldiers returned home, they...

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The Life and Times of Sir Isaac Newton

You may know the apple/gravity story, but Isaac Newton's life was so much more than that. Not only did he contribute...

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Unearthed in 2015, Part 2

More of the 2015 news items of historical significance! The second part of this topic includes firearms, letters,...

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The Schoolhouse Blizzard

In 1888, a blizzard so sudden and severe hit the American Midwest and claimed the lives of hundreds, some of whom...

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Courrières Mine Disaster of 1906

One of the worst mining tragedies in history, the explosion that sent fire through the Courrières mine tunnels...

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The Bawdy House Riots of 1668

In early modern London, there was a tradition of sorts where apprentices would amass on holidays and physically...

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A Brief History of the Pietà

While Michelangelo's sculpture of Mary holding the deceased body of Christ is the most famous depiction of that...

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Jimmy Doolittle and the Doolittle Raid

The Doolittle Raid was an attack on Japan launched by the U.S. in retaliation for Pearl Harbor. But the leader of the...

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China and Japan After the Doolittle Raid

After the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo, the punishment that Japanese forces doled out in China for their part in helping...

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The Great Vowel Shift, or A Brief History of English

Language is alive. It shifts and changes; pronunciations and spellings morph throughout time. English is no exception.

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WASP of WWII with Dr. Katherine Sharp Landdeck, Part 1

The Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII was formed to see if women could fly military aircraft, and potentially...

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Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

No starving artist, Vigée Le Brun was the first woman to ever become a court painter in France when she was...

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Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun

No starving artist, Vigée Le Brun was the first woman to ever become a court painter in France when she was...

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Six Impossible Episodes: Possible Apocrypha

We get a lot of requests for topics that are very interesting, but for which there's very little information. In some...

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