HISTORY is MORE than just names and dates


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Ricketts’ Circus: George Washington and Americas First Circus, 1793

John B. Ricketts

John B. Ricketts

Obviously, nearly every American knows who George Washington was, and the role he played in American history. However, did you know that the battle hardened General and astute President loved the circus?

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Dueling Pianos: Muzio Clementi vs. Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


Can you imagine the scene? It is Christmas Eve in 1781 at the Royal Viennese Court, and everyone, including the Holy Roman Emperor Joseph II, is waiting for the piano duel to commence. Sitting at one piano is a well established Italian composer, Muzio Clementi, and at the other is the most anticipated prodigy of his time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

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A Cross to Bare

DISCLAIMER: This short story is purely a work of historical fiction. I wanted to write a factitious and allegorical account of slavery while incorporating Biblical undertones. This story is the result of that idea. Pay attention, and you may be able to recognize the Biblical story I am referencing. Enjoy. 

A teenage boy and his father, with their schooner anchored, sat next to their campfire along the beach of Lake Erie in the humid summer of 1837.It had been was quite a tumultuous year for Simon and his son Joshua. Simon, a widower, made his living by using his two schooners to trade salt and flour from the shores of the Western Reserve Territory in Ohio, to the canal ridden state of New York.

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John Forsyth: The Slave Owning Secretary of State

Secretary of State John Forsyth

Secretary of State John Forsyth

During the early nineteenth century, John Forsyth was a well respected American politician. Throughout different parts of his life, he served as a Congressman, Senator, and Governor of Georgia. However, most notably, he was the Secretary of State who led the US Government’s case against the Amistad mutiny. Read more…

The Wanderer: George Shannon, The Youngest Member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition

Image   While looking over old documents in the Sutliff Collection in Warren, Ohio, I stumbled across an 1838 legal document signed by then Ohio Governor Wilson Shannon. After do some research on Shannon, I discovered that his eldest brother was George Shannon. George was the youngest member of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and he was most well- known for one thing: getting lost. Read more…

February 14, 1814: The USS Constitution vs. the HMS Pictou


USS Constitution

This year marks the bicentennial of the Treaty of Ghent, which ended the War of 1812. One of the most famous naval vessels from the war was the USS Constitution, or better known by the nickname “Old Ironsides”. There are many written histories about Old Ironsides.  This post will detail the clash between the USS Constitution and the HMS Pictou. The reason I chose this topic is because it occurred exactly 200 years ago to the day, on February 14, 1814. Read more…

Sister Maria Celeste Galilei


Sister Maria Celeste Galilei

On this day, February 13th, exactly 381 years ago, Galileo Galilei arrived in Rome to face the Inquisition for his radical theories which contradicted the Bible. Nearly every lover of history and/or science has heard of the famous astronomer and physicist, but have you heard of his daughter?

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“Let me be clear…”

Hello to the few followers of my blog!

I want to clarify some things, just so you all know what my goal is for this blog. First, I personally write every post. If it is not my own work, I will make it clear in the title, just so there is no confusion…Second, ever since I graduated from school, I do not have a historical outlet anymore, so these posts will reflect my some what compulsive desire to constantly be learning and writing about obscure historical topics and events. I have never thought of myself as a great writer, as you will see with my plethora of grammEratical mistakes(:, but for the first time I feel comfortable with sharing my creations and ideas to the world!

Third, and lastly( just because a list always needs a third item), I personally believe spreading constructive ideas is the most important aspect of humanity, and the internet can be the most effective medium to achieve that task. Granted, people can abuse the internet’s capability to spread ideas by telling lies, but that is why it is important to overcome that ignorance with honest knowledge. So, I hope I will be able to teach you something you didn’t know before. Also, don’t be afraid to leave a comment on one of the articles, because I know you guys can teach me something new as well!


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Congressman Joshua R. Giddings: The Measure of a Man


Joshua R. Giddings

On December 3nd, 1838, Joshua Reed Giddings, a lawyer and an abolitionist from Ohio’s 16th congressional district was sworn in as a member of the United States House of Representatives. That day, he met his future mentor and former President, John Quincy Adams. In his diary, Giddings goes into great detail about his first encounter with Adams. He states that Adams was…

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