In an age of ugliness, a work of beauty is an act of defiance.
April 26, 2017
April 22, 2017
Lindy Daniel stresses impact of ‘the builders and founders of this great nation’
I’m sick of hearing it. “America is a nation of immigrants,” they say. Well, they’re wrong. You can’t immigrate to something that isn’t there.
America is not a nation of immigrants. America is a nation of pioneers and builders. They didn’t come to America. They came to a New World. They cleared the forests. They tamed the earth. They built their homes with their bare hands, crafted their government out of their own hearts, and carried law and justice on their backs. They built communities worth crossing the world for – young havens of civilization – but they didn’t stop there. They formed those communities into 13 states, connected them together and built a nation.
The overwhelming majority of the growth of Colonial America leading up to the Revolution and beyond was due to high birth rates, not new arrivals. Higher immigration barely picked up at all until around 1830 and did not truly commence until the latter half of that century. But neither in that time did the new Americans settle as “immigrants.” They arrived in New York, in Philadelphia, in Baltimore, but they didn’t stay. “Go west,” they said, and go west they did. They packed up their wagons with meager supplies and plentiful guts, and they pioneered Nebraska. They pioneered Colorado. They pioneered Wyoming Territory, and they pioneered all the way out the Oregon Trail. They braved the mountains, the deserts, the outlaws of the Wild West, the winters, the wilderness and the hostile Indians. They were frontiersmen and frontier women, and they turned a wild and dangerous land into a home for America’s children.
April 6, 2017
March 30, 2017
Interactions between the early European settlers and America’s native population are often described using terms such as slaughter, genocide and holocaust – but what is The Truth about the Native American Genocide?
February 11, 2017
The story takes place during the World War II when Japan declared war with the world. Japan strategically used Thailand as a base of operations …
January 31, 2017
The growth of the great Mayan civilization is as much a mystery as its disappearance.
Scientists have long wondered what exactly happened in the ninth century A.D., when the flourishing Maya civilization in Mesoamerica fell into what would be a permanent decline, its once-great cities reclaimed by jungle. More recent research revealed the Maya also experienced an earlier collapse, in the second century, about which scientists know even less. In a new study, based on the largest set of radiocarbon dates ever obtained from a single Maya site, a team of researchers argues that both collapses were preceded by similar patterns, as waves of social instability, warfare and political crises swept over the civilization and caused it to deteriorate.
For more than a decade, a team led by researchers from the University of Arizona has been working at the archaeological site of Ceibal in northern Guatemala. After assembling a record-setting 154 radiocarbon dates, the researchers have been able to develop a highly precise chronology that illuminates the patterns that led up to the two collapses that the Maya civilization experienced: the Preclassic collapse, in the second century A.D., and the more well-known Classic collapse some seven centuries later.
One of the most dominant civilizations in Mesomerica, the Maya reached their peak around the sixth century A.D., constructing impressive stone cities and making advances in agriculture, calendar-making and mathematics, among other fields. But by A.D. 900, those great stone cities were mostly abandoned. Theories about what caused the Classic Maya collapse have ranged from overpopulation to ongoing military conflict between competing city-states to some catastrophic environmental event, such as an intense drought—or some combination of all of those factors.
January 13, 2017
Did you know that Abraham Lincoln was abandoned by his father and was suicidal for many years? Do you know the hidden story behind how Lincoln became president? What is the truth about Abraham Lincoln?
December 31, 2016
The Russian famine of 1921–22, also known as Povolzhye famine, occurred in Bolshevik Russia. It began in early spring of 1921 and lasted through 1922. Civil war and Lenin’s policy of seizing food from peasants caused the devastating man-made famine. Around 30 million people were affected and around five million died.
Standing solemnly in their thick winter coats behind a table laden with children’s body parts, this is the grave photo of a couple that shows how starving people turned to cannibalism to survive during a man-made famine in 1920s Russia.
More than five million people died during the catastrophe, which began in 1921 and lasted through 1922.
Russian communist revolutionary Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known as Lenin, had been in charge of the country since 1917. In a chilling disregard for the suffering of his fellow countrymen he instructed food to be seized from the poor.
Lenin’s Bolsheviks party believed peasants were actively trying to undermine the war effort and by taking their food away it reduced their strength.
The famine was able to take root with ease due to the economic problems caused by World War I, five years of civil war, and a drought in 1921 which led to 30 million Russians becoming malnourished.
As Lenin declared ‘let the peasants starve’, the result was to force them to resort to trading human flesh on the black market.
December 17, 2016
December 14, 2016
Ferdinand Magellan (c. 1480 – 27 April 1521) was a Portuguese explorer who organized the Castilian (‘Spanish’) expedition to the East Indies from 1519 to 1522, resulting in the first circumnavigation of the Earth, completed by Juan Sebastián Elcano.