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Tignon Laws Forced Black Women To Cover Their Hair

July 25, 2020

Black women often face discrimination and hardship on account of their "distracting" hair, and it turns out it's been happening since their earliest days in the U.S....

The Worst Things Missionary Junipero Serra Ever Did

July 5, 2020

The statue of the Roman Catholic Spanish priest Junipero Serra is pictured in Palma de Mallorca on June 22, 2020, after it was daubed with graffiti reading "Racist." (...

How George Washington Died: Bloodletting, Enemas, and t...

May 30, 2020

In his early twenties, he fumbled his way through the Ohio Country alongside the British Army in his first military outing and quite unintentionally became a...

Ludwig van Beethoven: Things You Didn't Know About the ...

December 12, 2019

German composer and pianist Ludwig van Beethoven is often called the greatest musical genius in history. Even those of us who don't know Strauss from Stravin...

Sacagawea: Facts You Didn't Know

November 25, 2019

Sacagawea, the Native American woman who helped Lewis and Clark on their expedition through the Northwest, is a larger-than-life figure in American history. Unfortunately, much of the...

Abigail Adams: The Colonial Feminist

September 6, 2018

Engraved portrait of Abigail Smith Adams (1744 - 1818), late 1700s. She was the wife of the second American president, John Adams, and the mother of John Quincy Adams, the sixth Amer...

The REAL Johnny Appleseed

August 24, 2018

A painting depicting Johnny Appleseed. (Photo by Walter Sanders/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) We all remember learning about Johnny Appleseed when we were in elementary school. Acc...