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A Decade of History Rhymes

A Decade of History Rhymes

It is hard to believe that an entire decade has elapsed since I published my first History Rhymes blog post entitled "Starting Out." A lot has changed in the past ten years and I have big plans for it for the future.

History Rhymes Featured on Tutorful

History Rhymes has been picked to be featured in an editorial by Tutorful called "History Lovers: Awesome Websites and Resources To Cure Your Boredom"....

19th Century News Tips

As part of my efforts to reinvent History Rhymes, I would like to not only publish articles about various topics in nineteenth-century American and European history, but also write about the latest news and research in the field. If you have any news tips, they would be much appreciated.

Historic Books and Documents at the Internet Archive

I stumbled upon an online archive today with digitized historic documents and books that ended up costing me about two hours of my time just browsing.

New Homepage and Updated Design

I am pleased to announce a few changes that have been going on here at History Rhymes. The homepage has been reworked to emphasize feature articles and news articles, the whole website is now responsive for mobile devices and tablets, and a few other more minor updates round the whole thing off.

Downtime

I am sorry to report that History Rhymes experienced some downtime yesterday and this morning. There was a major problem with the server which hosts History Rhymes which led to the website not being reachable. Everything seems to now be up and running again and I hope that this problem with not occu...

Introducing: The Old Journal

As a lot of my readers know, I have a very strong interest in Victorian British history as well as the history of the American west. Because of this, I've decided to create a new blog which will focus only on Victorian British history.

Google to Digitize Books from the British Library

I have just seen that the British Library in London has reached a deal with Google to digitize roughly 250,000 books, newspapers, articles, etc from between 1700 and 1870.

A politically correct (censored) Huckleberry Finn?

As most of my readers probably know, I am a huge fan of Mark Twain. The name of this blog comes from a quote he made about history and a lot of my inspiration comes from his works. The recent news of a Montgomery, Alabama-based publisher publishing a censored version of one of Twain's most famous bo...

Pardon for Billy the Kid?

While reading the news today, I discovered that the current governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson, is considering pardoning Billy the Kid for killing a sheriff. Richardson only has until Friday to decide because that is when his term will end.
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