Category Archives: History

July 3, 2022

1862 Minnesota Massacre (Video)

A six week war from August through September 1862 constitutes a turning point in American Indian relations. With the nation preoccupied with the Civil War, Little Crow leads his band of Santee Sioux against the settlers in frontier Minnesota. Outnumbered, the settlers must band together under experience of local elders and the leadership of Colonel Henry Sibley. Little Crow will set Minnesota ablaze and drive thousands of settlers fleeing east. It will be the bloodiest massacre of civilians up to this point in American history.

July 2, 2022

The East African slave trade; when will the Arabs be asked for reparations? (Video)

The slave trade in East Africa, which lasted well into the twentieth century, was probably at least as extensive as the better-known transatlantic slave trade. Curiously, although Europeans are being urged to make amends and give financial reparation, nothing of the kind is being demanded of the Arab nations of the Middle East.

June 29, 2022

The United States’ Invasion of Russia Was a Yearlong Freezing Hell for the Troops

In October 1918, the Red armies inflicted a large number of casualties on the Americans, who had expected a relatively calm winter. Instead, the Red assault forced the allies to retreat back toward Arkhangelsk. They were forced to give up all their gains and take a loss of 10% of their force: 110 killed in combat, 30 missing and 70 dead from Spanish flu.

Fighting a war in Russia during the winter is never a good idea, and yet time and again, people keep trying. The United States is as guilty of it as Napoleon was.

In November of 1918, much of the world was jubilantly celebrating the end of World War I, the “war to end all wars.” As those celebrations caught the attention of newspapers and newsreels all over the United States, there was one group of Americans whose war hadn’t yet ended.

Around 5,000 American soldiers were part of an allied expedition to intervene in the ongoing Russian civil war against the “Red” Bolshevik forces. For a little over a year, the American Expeditionary Force in North Russia fought to give the anti-Bolshevik “White” Russians the upper hand.

As summer turned to fall in 1918, the combined forces of Britain, France, Italy, the United States and the rest of their allies were making drastic advances against their World War I enemies. Things were looking bleak for the Central Powers of Germany, Austria-Hungary, the Ottoman Empire and Bulgaria.

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June 27, 2022

New Atlantis – History of Sir Francis Bacon (Video)

Francis Bacon, 1st Viscount St Alban, PC (22 January 1561 – 9 April 1626), also known as Lord Verulam, was an English philosopher and statesman who served as Attorney General and as Lord Chancellor of England. His works are seen as contributing to the scientific method and remained influential through the later stages of the scientific revolution.

June 23, 2022

The Mfecane; genocide in South Africa carried out by the Zulus

It is often asserted that the Afrikaner regime in South Africa during the years of apartheid was exceptionally bad for black people. It was a trivial matter compared to the events which followed the rise of Shaka, the Zulu king.

June 21, 2022

A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary: Professor & the Madman (Video)

The Surgeon of Crowthorne: A Tale of Murder, Madness and the Love of Words is a non-fiction history book by British writer Simon Winchester, first published in England in 1998. It was retitled The Professor and the Madman: A Tale of Murder, Insanity, and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary in the United States and Canada.

June 18, 2022

After Rome – The War For Britain // History Documentary

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Terrified Russian Describes Chaos of 1917 Revolution // Diary of Pitirim Sorokin (Video)

Extracts taken from Leaves From A Russian Diary by Pitirim Sorokin

June 17, 2022

A Thousand Years of European Castles (Video)

Imbued with mystery and grandeur, the fortified castles testify to medieval civilization and cover a complex reality. By traveling from castle to castle, from the borders of Spain to the mountains of Switzerland, from the Scottish moors to the banks of the Dordogne, and thanks to 3D models, this film retraces a thousand years of medieval military construction…

June 15, 2022

The Wildest Town in the Indian Territory

Muskogee, Oklahoma’s early years as a frontier outpost were violent, dangerous and unpredictable.

Welcome to Muskogee, the rip-roaring and most dangerous locale west of the Mississippi River. Over the years I have read about Deadwood, Dodge City, El Paso, Las Vegas, New Mexico Territory and Tombstone, Arizona Territory. These towns were wild for four or five years; Muskogee of the Indian Territory was wild for over 40 years. There were over 130 deputy U.S. marshals killed in the Indian and Oklahoma territories during the frontier era, and most were killed within a 50-mile radius of Muskogee. There were also commissioned United States Indian policemen killed in the line of duty in the same locale. Muskogee and the surrounding counties saw more murders of federal lawmen than anywhere else on the Western frontier. 

Muskogee was originally spelled Muscogee but was changed permanently as time went on. The town was situated near the locale known as “The Three Forks” of the Arkansas, Verdigris and Grand rivers, near the borders of the Cherokee and Creek Indian nations. The original inhabitants were principally former enslaved Blacks of the Cherokee and Creek nations who lived near the river bottoms. The town itself took shape in 1872 with the arrival of the Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad, called “The Katy” by locals along the rail line. Muskogee was a terminus or end-of-rail town, as they were called. 

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