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Edwardian era Hettie's World History United States

Gunda the Elephant: A Early Animal-Rights Story

Visitors to zoos today see animals housed in large enclosures where the creatures have room to play, exercise and interact with their own kind.  This wasn’t always the case.  More than a century ago, animals were kept behind bars in small cages.  Sometimes the situation was even worse, as with Gunda the elephant, an inmate […]

Edwardian era Hettie's World History United States

Birth of a Nation: Both Genius and Foul

Can something be simultaneously genius and vilely racist?  This is the question posed by D.W. Griffith’s 1915 film Birth of a Nation.  Silent film star Mary Pickford called it the first movie that made people take the motion picture industry seriously.  The film debuted in a politically charged atmosphere, full of anti-immigrant bias, racial tensions, […]

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5 Things I Learned While Writing A Tale of Two Nations

If you’ve been studying a subject for as long as I have, you may think there isn’t anything left to discover. I’ve been studying World War I and how it changed the lives of ordinary people since I was a teenager. When I embarked on writing A Tale of Two Nations: Canada. U.S. and WW1, […]

Edwardian era Hettie's World History Medicine World War One

Blood Transfusion Saved Lives During World War One

If war does have a silver lining, it’s the medical advances which come as a result. One of these advances is the blood transfusion. Blood transfusion was nothing new in 1914. Doctors had experimented with it since the 1600s. These early transfusions were from person to person, and sometimes didn’t work. Doctors weren’t sure why […]

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The Sinking of the Lusitania

The Lusitania is perhaps the most famous ocean liner to be sunk during World War I. At the start of the war, the liner was less than a decade old. Built by Cunard, the vessel, for a time, was the world’s largest ship. It also won the coveted Blue Riband award for crossing the Atlantic […]

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The Armenian Genocide: The Slaughter of 600,000-1.3 Million People

Decades before the Jewish Holocaust there was another slaughter of an innocent minority group, this one lesser known to history. It was the Armenian Genocide of World War I. Historians estimate anywhere from 600,000 to 1.3 million Armenians were killed during the genocide.  It was the continuation of the mass murder of Armenians that have […]

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Princess Patricia’s Light Infantry: Canadian Men with Previous Military Experience

The first battle the Canadian Expeditionary Force engaged in during World War I was the Second Battle of Ypres. However, a group of soldiers did participate in earlier engagements. These men were members of Princess Patricia’s regiment. Who were the Patricias? When World War I erupted, Canada had a very small army called “the permanent […]

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