This was a photograph taken by Lewis Hine. His photography of child laborers brought attention to the American public of the economic exploitation of young people. The girl was a spinner in a North Carolina cotton manufacturing company. Even in the 1900s, the South was still economically dependent on agriculture. Labor exploitation came in the […]Read more "Child Laborer in a Cotton Manufacturing Company"
History has been an academic subject focused on the past. However, what happens today will be history in the future. News and current events are can be described as a documentation of contemporary history. Current events as time passes will eventually become history decades and centuries later. While news and current events are elements of […]Read more "The Concept of Contemporary History"
This is a Germanic Fuen bractate that could be from the migration period ( 375-538). Named after the island it was found on, the artifact currently resides in the National Museum of Denmark. This was the time in which the Western roman Empire faces invasions on multiple fronts. Artifacts provide evidence of which peoples invaded […]Read more "Germanic Funen Bractate (375 CE- 538 CE )"
Toni Morrison ( 1931 -2019) was a novelist, essayist, editor, and professor of English. Her novels such as Song of Solomon and Beloved became popular works of the American literary tradition. Morrison reveals in this interview that her writing began as a way to cope with challenges in life. After a divorce and the dull job […]Read more "Toni Morrison The Writer in America Interview (1978)"
The African Diaspora reached large portions of the world. People of African descent can be found all over the world even in the most remote areas. The photograph above was taken by George Kennan who was traveling through the Russian Empire during the late 19th century. The purpose of the expedition was to survey land […]Read more "Afro-Abkhazian Man (1870)"
This is an anti-German propaganda poster encouraging men to enlist in the armed forces. Germans and the German Empire are represented as a violent barbaric ape carry a club that says culture. Normally, when a nation goes to war they demonize and dehumanize the people they are fighting. The poster was attempting to present the […]Read more "Anti-German World War I Propaganda Poster"
This is an Italian morion helmet from around 1580. This was type of soldier’s helmet normally produced in Spain. It became associated with Spanish explorers and conquistadors, but they were not the only ones to use this helmet . The kingdom of Castile used these types of helmets the most, yet other European states and […]Read more "Italian Morion Helmet (1580)"