Nineteenth-century History

18th Century

American Historical Documents

I was browsing the internet just now and ran across an interesting website from Indiana University. The site has several scanned images of original historical documents from the 18th century such as the Constitution of the United States of America, the Stamp Act (both American and British printings)...

Biography on Jesse and Frank James

This is a very interesting show done on the James brothers, Jesse and Frank. You can either view it on Hulu or view it here:...

Forgotten Benjamin Franklin Letters Found

CNN is reporting that letters never before seen by scholars by, to or about Benjamin Franklin have surfaced in London. LONDON, England (CNN) — An American professor doing research in London stumbled across a series of previously unknown letters written by, to, and about Benjamin Franklin, a st...

New Worlds For All

This semester I am taking a survey class of US history up to 1865. For that class, I just finished reading a book entitled New Worlds for All: Indians, Europeans, and the Remaking of Early America by Colin G. Calloway. The book itself was actually quite interesting. Calloway discusses how the world ...
Who were the real cowboys? (Part 2)

Who were the real cowboys? (Part 2)

The history of the cowboy is a story that begins long ago. What we now think of as a uniquely American tradition is not solely American at all. Cowboy tradition first originated in mediæval Spain with the hacienda, or estate. The haciendas belonged to wealthy landowners and were generally, but not ...
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George Custer on the Origins of the Indians

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