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World War One Flying Aces

During World War One, the airplane became a new weapon of war.  It was less than two decades old, and first was used for reconnaissance.  It didn’t take long for planes’ value in battle to be recognized.  Soon, people on the home front had a new hero — flying aces. Being a fighter pilot was […]

Books & Publishing History Journalism Nonfiction United States Victorian era

How the Other Half Lives

Once upon a time in America, a large number of people lived in abject poverty, out of sight and out of mind. Photojournalist Jacob Riis’s 1890 book How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York revealed this hidden community to the affluent and middle class. His book was an expose on tenement living, […]

History United States World War One

Americans Who Served in WW1 Prior to April 1917

The United States joined World War One on April 6, 1917, and Americans fought their first major engagement in the Battle of Belleau Wood in June 1918. The American Expeditionary Force was forced to learn how to fight in a world where warfare had become more aggressive, mechanized and deadly since the U.S. Army’s last engagement, […]

Books & Publishing Edwardian era History Nonfiction United States

Welcome to the Jungle

The Jungle might very well be the most influential novel you probably don’t know. Written by Upton Sinclair in 1906, the novel was intended to show the horrible conditions in America’s slums. Instead, Sinclair exposed the unsanitary conditions in meatpacking plants. The novel first appeared as a serial (a common occurrence for novels in the 19th-century) in […]

History United States

Bow to the Power of Mother Nature: Galveston Hurricane of 1900

On Sept. 8, 1900, a hurricane ripped through Galveston, then Texas’s largest city, and became one of the deadliest natural disasters in U.S. history. The city was known for its importance to the shipping industry and for being a vacation spot for the wealthy.  It also was technologically forward, introducing telephones and electricity before many […]

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