Category Archives: Mythconceptions

The History of the Weekend

There are always inventions and aspects of live that people take for granted. Personally, I take air conditioning for granted every day. It is one of those certainties in life we’ve grown accustomed to, only to notice it once it’s too late. I grew up in a family that had weekends off, it was a given: from Friday night to Monday morning, my family didn’t work. It wasn’t until I became… Read More »

American Thinker: Don’t Know Much About History

A reader commented on one of my older post, Ignoring Historical Inaccuracies, with a link to an article from the site American Thinker. It appears as if Northeastern Illinois University’s Center for Inner City Studies is on the hot seat–once again–for their ambiguous and somewhat political Abraham Lincoln plaque. This historic building, which was built and donned with this plaque in 1905, has displayed for more than one-hundred years an inscription reading, “ABRAHAM LINCOLN DEMOCRAT.”… Read More »

Ignoring Historical Inaccuracies

I have a problem with prominent works of art that are incorrect, especially when these works of art are significant–pieces of literature or artwork to be lauded throughout the ages. I have a bigger problem when I find out that the author, painter, or creator of  said artwork knew before the “unvailing.”  John Keats, a notable, English poet, wrote a poem in 1816, entitled, “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer.”… Read More »

The Naming of Historical Events

Do you remember that battle? The one which occurred on June 18, 1815? Oh, you know the one… If you knew that the battle I was referring to was the Battle of Waterloo, I am thoroughly impressed. Battle of Waterloo Campaign Don’t get me wrong, I’m no dolt; I fully comprehend the need to name events in history. At any moment in time, there are millions of human interactions occurring.… Read More »

Adolf Hitler and the History of the Swastika

On September 15, 1935, Hitler convened the Reichstag, in Nuremberg, to pass three laws. The first of these laws was the Reichsflaggengesetz (The Empire Flag Act). It was with this legislation that the Nazi Party flag, bearing the all-familiar swastika, would replace Germany’s current national flag. If you are unfamiliar with ancient history or religious history, you may not know that the swastika was around long before the Nazi Party. That’s right,… Read More »

The Black Hole of Calcutta

In 1690, the British forces established a port and trading post in Calcutta, India. To defend this important commercial empire, mainly from the French, Fort William was established. In 1756, when the Nawab of Bengal, Siraj-ud-daula, found out that the walls of Fort William were being strengthened, he demanded that the British stop their construction and re-fortification. When Britain did not comply, an army was sent to take Fort William.… Read More »