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British History

The Slave Trade Act: British Parliament Finally Abolish...

April 16, 2021

Sugar plantation in the British colony of Antigua, 1823. (British Library/Wikimedia Commons) The long battle to stop the transatlantic slave trade came to a h...

The Rebecca Riots Of The 1830s And 1840s (When Welsh Pe...

March 19, 2021

During the Rebecca Riots in Wales, men and boys, dressed as women, attacking a turnpike gate in protest at charges at tollgates on public roads. From The Illust...

Australia: History And Why It Was Founded As A Penal Co...

January 26, 2021

A kangaroo hops through the outback landscape June 7, 2005 near Marree, Australia. (Ian Waldie/Getty Images) While it stands today as one of the most diverse ...

The Conditions On The Mayflower: What Was It Like On Th...

January 12, 2021

The replica of the Mayflower under sail on its way back to Plymouth Harbor. (Photo by Scott Eisen/Getty Images) Our elementary school lessons about the Pilgri...

The Conditions On Slave Ships: What Was It Like On A Sl...

January 11, 2021

1835: Slaves aboard a slave ship being shackled before being put in the hold. Illustration by Swain (Rischgitz/Getty Images) Imagine you're standing on the ed...

Chimney Sweepers Act of 1788: Child Labor Law That Allo...

January 5, 2021

The Chimney Sweep, 1843, by Angelo Inganni (1807-1880). Oil on canvas, 46.5x46.5 cm. (DeAgostini/Getty Images) Mary Poppins might romanticize the role of chim...

The Reign Of King George III And How It Led to America

July 15, 2020

(Allan Ramsay/Wikimedia Commons) In the story of America's birth, King George III is painted as the enemy, an antagonistic monarch who attempted to keep a strangl...

What You Didn’t Know About Scotland Yard

June 24, 2019

Scotland Yard Motorcycle Patrols in 1955. Source: (Photo by Keystone-France/Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images) The name Scotland Yard has become almost synonymous with detectiv...

What You Didn’t Know About Big Ben

June 10, 2019

Big Ben … that big clock high on a tower is a symbol of London. This 160-year-old landmark keeps Londoners punctual and provides a backdrop for iconic tourist pics, but beyond tha...

Vernepator Cur: A Tale Of Turnspit Dogs

April 12, 2019

Look at the wheel mounted on the wall. You will see a turnspit dog at work in the inn at Newcastle, Carmarthen, Wales, c1800 (1869). Source: (Ann Ronan Pictures/Print Collector/Ge...

Toilet Tales: The John Versus The Crapper

March 29, 2019

When it comes to indoor plumbing, two names stand out—the John and the Crapper. Please understand that when we say this, we are not being crude or impolite by using these inf...

A Look at Royalty

October 7, 2018

Excited children watch HRH Elizabeth II during the opening ceremony for the Lagan Bridge in Belfast, Northern Ireland, 09 March. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read STR/AFP/Getty Images) What would it...

The Wives of Henry VIII of England... Divorced, Beheade...

November 14, 2016

King Henry the VIII was married six times. A male heir and love was at the heart of most of the decisions to marry. The reasons to end them varied somewhat.