There was a conspiracy to create Christmas. This is a fairly standard historical interpretation of the American Christmas celebration.
The colonial period was one of booming production and commerce, a deeply commercialized culture noted by its fashions, ever changing tastes, and values.
The War Years cast a long, dark, dangerous shadow over the still-young Republic. The world was changing quickly, and everyone took note.
This First Patriot Coalition helped win the war, but the Second, a far more aristocratical, power-friendly coalition was already busy about its work.
Benjamin Lay, the lone Quaker dwarf abolitionist was perhaps the most radical person on the planet during his own time.
What happened in Haiti in the 1790s was unique and truly revolutionary.
What, exactly, is a revolution?
Sheldon Richman has been a staple of modern libertarianism. His work builds on an argument that politicians do not build societies.
For every successful revolution there are maybe dozens that fail. For every 1776 there is a 1741.
We’re inclined to look at 18th-century America and see the grand legacy of freedoms won, but what about the freedoms we lost?
The liberal imagination is pleased by multicultural societies like Mauritius but its culture was built with violent sacrifice.
The New Orleans society we love so much today emerged out of separation, not peaceful coexistence.
Spanish America was part of an empire in name. Missionaries expanded the frontier zone, but they never really controlled it.
The slaves shipped to British North America were predominantly identified as Igbos from interior West Africa. Their stories deserve to be remembered.
Are all human beings merely economic maximizers? Can all human actions really be explained in terms of profit, loss, and calculation?
John Gow harbored a deep resentment of the elite. Gow wanted to turn pirate from the start; he only awaited the right opportunity.
By the 1720s, the Americas’ radicals existed adrift at sea; stateless people who turned their very existence into an act of rebellion.
Neil Howe joins us to talk cycles, generations, and the myth-making business of history.