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19th century

The Kentucky Derby's First 50 Years

Since its inception, the Derby has become the nation's most famous and prestigious horse racing event. See more »

The Cato Street Conspiracy

In response to the problems urbanization and mechanization brought to Great Britain, a radical group plotted to kill the Prime Minister's cabinet. See more »

Walt Whitman, Poet of Democracy

Whitman is often touted as the best and most important poet in U.S. history, but he also worked as a teacher and a journalist. And his poetry career didn't start out particularly well. See more »

A Brief History of Foreign Food in the U.S.

One of the most diverse things about the U.S. is its food industry. But foods brought to the U.S. via immigration were initially viewed suspiciously. See more »

Edmonia Lewis

The American sculptor was a celebrated artist in her day, but she receded from the spotlight; her final years remained a mystery for quite some time. See more »

Henry Dunant, Founder of the Red Cross

After witnessing the brutality of a battle first-hand, Swiss-born Dunant dedicated his life to easing the suffering brought by war. See more »

Unearthed! Piltdown Man

The Piltdown Man is one of the world’s most infamous instances of scientific fraud, and it derailed the study of evolution for decades. See more »

The Dakota War of 1862 and the Whitestone Hill Massacre

In 1862, murder led to war between the Dakota and the United States. What followed was a campaign of retribution against multiple indigenous peoples. See more »

The First Transatlantic Telegraph Cable

Establishing a submarine telegraph cable to connect North America and Europe took ingenuity, but more than anything else, it required tenacity. See more »

The Bell Witch

In the early 1800s, a family in Tennessee allegedly experienced what seemed to be a haunting on their family farm. See more »