New York’s Stonewall Riots: Catalyst for Change

The 1960s was the era of social movements. The African American Civil Rights movement was in full swing, as were the anti-Vietnam war demonstrations. However, the LGBTQ community still remained largely underground, since the legal system was anti-gay and society remained blind to the cause. The turning of the tide was in 1969, as the Stonewall Riots took the nation by storm. As the first establishment where gay men could openly dance with… Read More »

Nazis in the Headlines: Oskar Groening, Uncovered Treasure, and Russell Brand

I’ve seen the word “Nazi” a lot in the headlines over the last few days. Obviously the main story is about Auschwitz Nazi officer Oskar Groening. However, just yesterday, news broke around the world about a man unearthing a Nazi-era treasure last October. And further down the headlines, at the bottom of the barrel (in entertainment news), Russell Brand called a Jewish man a “young Nazi” during one of his performances.… Read More »

The History of Benefits in America

The widespread social benefits program of America began during the Civil War. A deceased Union soldier’s widow and orphans could draw a salary as of 1982. By 1890, Union soldiers drew disability pensions, and by 1906 they received old-age pensions. Despite that, there was no move by the Federal government to institute benefits in general society. By 1882, the Alfred Dodge Company started giving pensions to its long-time employees. However,… Read More »

The Maritime Heritage of Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, has a long maritime history of trading by sea dating back 7,000 years. The sea was the economic lifeblood of the emirate including boat building, pearling and fishing. The traditional stately Arabian dhows were made in Abu Dhabi, and, according to Shahram Shirkhani, the billowing white sails at full hoist are the inspiration for the new Maritime Heritage Museum on Abu… Read More »

Most Influential First Ladies in History

Often times there are aspects of our everyday lives that make us ponder history. As the 2016 election comes more and more near, there are many who are focusing on current and former First Ladies of the United States of America. Certainly the forerunner of the Democratic party is currently Hillary Clinton. However, there are those tossing out Michelle Obama’s name, too, for the next President of the United States.… Read More »

5 Reasons to Get a Master’s Degree in History

A master’s degree in history can help prepare students to work in a variety of fields that are research-related. The degree can also provide students with a wide range of transferable skills. These skills may include expressing clearly, advancing arguments and ideas, assessing and investigating material, organizing material, and basing conclusions on sound research. Five Reasons to Get a Master’s Degree in History Greater Access to Career Options – Historians… Read More »