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The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
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What were Tolkien's politics? The Letters of J.R.R.Tolkien

What were Tolkien's politics? The Letters of J.R.R.Tolkien | Cultural History | Scoop.it
What do the letters of J.R.R.Tolkien tell us about his politics.
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How A Cryptoanalyst Discovered The Identity Of The Man In The Iron Mask

How A Cryptoanalyst Discovered The Identity Of The Man In The Iron Mask | Cultural History | Scoop.it
For those of you who have only seen the Leonardo DiCaprio movie, the Man in the Iron Mask was an actual historical figure. He was a mysterious prisoner in the time of Louis XIV.

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The mammoth that trampled on the history of mankind

The mammoth that trampled on the history of mankind | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Next month marks 150 years since the discovery of the La Madeleine mammoth – an engraving that proves man lived alongside these prehistoric creatures. By Robin McKie

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Growing up with Comanche Code Talkers

Growing up with Comanche Code Talkers | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Aug. 8, 2009, my first column about the Comanche Indian Code Talkers of World War II was published in the Plainview Daily Herald.

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Utterly Disturbing, Century-Old Photos of Meat-Packing Facilities

Utterly Disturbing, Century-Old Photos of Meat-Packing Facilities | Cultural History | Scoop.it
After you look at these images of meat-packing facilities from early last century, you'll understand why social reformer Upton Sinclair wrote his great 1906 novel The Jungle about workers' horrific experiences in the meat packing industry.

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Inbreeding: A Royal Mess

Inbreeding: A Royal Mess | Cultural History | Scoop.it
The following is an article from Uncle John's Endlessly Engrossing Bathroom Reader. Have you always dreamed of being a princess or a king? Be careful what you wish for -you might end up like one of these folks.Hapsburgs: From left, Philip V of Spain, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, and Philip II of Spain. Keep in mind that royal portraits were always flattering. ALL IN THE FAMILYFor the past thousand years, the royal families of Europe have routinely intermarried. Why? They did it to create dynasties and t...

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1954 and the Fantasy of Friendship

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Couples participating in 1920s and 1930s Dance Marathons

Couples participating in 1920s and 1930s Dance Marathons | Cultural History | Scoop.it

They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?

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Couples participating in 1920s and 1930s Dance Marathons ~ 

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Decay of asylum which was once 7,000 disturbed U.S. patients

Decay of asylum which was once 7,000 disturbed U.S. patients | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Greystone Park Psychiatric Hospital, New Jersey, opened in 1876 and was once America's largest building, with more than 7,000 patients including folk singer Woody Guthrie.

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All Men Would Be Tyrants If They Could

All Men Would Be Tyrants If They Could | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Braintree, Massachusetts, March 31 Abigail Adams to John Adams I wish you would ever write me a letter half as long as I write you, and tell me, if you may, where your fleet has gone, what sort of
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The map that caused a century of trouble

The map that caused a century of trouble | Cultural History | Scoop.it

"A map marked with crude chinagraph-pencil in the second decade of the 20th Century shows the ambition - and folly - of the 100-year old British-French plan that helped create the modern-day Middle East."


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Many of the geopolitical issues that confront the Middle East stem from the secret Sykes-Picot Treaty that divvied up the Ottoman Empire

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Edward S. Curtis, Cowichan (Masked Dancer), Vancouver Island, c. 1913

Edward S. Curtis, Cowichan (Masked Dancer), Vancouver Island, c. 1913 | Cultural History | Scoop.it

magictransistor: “ Edward S. Curtis, Cowichan (Masked Dancer), Vancouver Island, c. 1913. ”

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Secrets of the 1,300-year old tattooed mummy - Telegraph

Secrets of the 1,300-year old tattooed mummy - Telegraph | Cultural History | Scoop.it

A forthcoming exhibition at the British Museum features the mummified remains of a Sudanese woman who CAT scans revealed had a tattoo on her right leg to symbolise the Archangel Michael


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wow tattoo before 1000 years  

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Medieval Kitchens Used a Specially Bred Dog to Turn Roasting Spits

Medieval Kitchens Used a Specially Bred Dog to Turn Roasting Spits | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Before the era of "set it and forget it" countertop rotisserie ovens, kitchen gadgets required a lot more manpower—and if not manpower, then dogpower.

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Standing on Her Shoulders: Memorial Day- A Forgotten History

Standing on Her Shoulders: Memorial Day- A Forgotten History | Cultural History | Scoop.it

In 1865, just weeks following the end of the Civil War, groups of women who had lost their husbands, sons, brothers and friends, came together in solidarity to encourage reflection and to create memorials to fallen men. Women’s relief groups sprang up in both the north and south to not only memorialize the dead, but to care for the war’s disabled veterans and its widows and orphans.

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Yes, Virginia, there is a Memorial Day -- thanks to women!

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Memorial Day from a different angle

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Silent-Porn-Star: The Trix Rabbit Was A Penis Bearing Trickster

Silent-Porn-Star: The Trix Rabbit Was A Penis Bearing Trickster | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Upon learning that the Trix Rabbit "is probably the most striking example of a cereal trickster who closely follows the mythic conventions of the North American tricksters in particular," I began to ponder "tricksters" again.

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Of Hard Hats In Hard Times

Of Hard Hats In Hard Times | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Normally, we see the pin-up version of women working in WWII. Like this image of dancers at London's Windmill Theatre practicing their routine while wearing gas masks and hard-hats with their costu...
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Women on the homefront in WWII

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Women on the homefront in WWII

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Why Are We So Busy?

Why Are We So Busy? | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Since the 1930s, U.S. G.D.P. has grown, in real terms, by a factor of sixteen. Why hasn’t that wealth translated into more leisure time?


Once, we were warned about a future of overabundant leisure. Now we’re busy complaining about being busier than ever.


Illustration by Nishant Choksi.



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A Report from Occupied Territory

A Report from Occupied Territory | Cultural History | Scoop.it
 Negroes have always held, the lowest jobs, the most menial jobs, which are now being destroyed by automation. No remote provision has yet been made to absorb this labor surplus. Furthermore, the Negro's education, North and South, remains, almost totally, a segregated education. And, the police treat the Negro like a dog.
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Published in July of 1966; on police brutality in New York and the race riots of 1964.

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Published in July of 1966; on police brutality in New York and the race riots of 1964.

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Published in July of 1966; on police brutality in New York and the race riots of 1964.

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How US Would Look Today with Indigenous Tribes

How US Would Look Today with Indigenous Tribes | Cultural History | Scoop.it

You won't find this map in your U.S. history textbook, but it's a good illustration of where indigenous tribes prospered in pre-Columbian times. It  represents the way the "lower 48" would appear if current state territories mirrored the names of the indigenous groups who lived in the vicinity.

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History of Communication

History of Communication | Cultural History | Scoop.it
The process of communication has gradually evolved from archaic cave paintings to new-age communication gizmos that perpetually change over the course of time.

 


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A friendly handshake, a gracious smile or even a warm hug. Body language is communication through simple body gestures.

 
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More on this moving topic by Tzarul Nicolai here: http://www.scoop.it/t/history-of-language-and-writing

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Ludlow Massacre: April 20, 1914

Ludlow Massacre: April 20, 1914 | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Profile of the Ludlow Massacre, one of deadliest attacks on striking workers in U.S. history. By Howard Zinn with film clip by Deb Ellis and Denis Mueller and song by Woody Guthrie.

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Market Corrections

Market Corrections | Cultural History | Scoop.it
In all revolutions there comes a moment when the high ideals of the revolutionaries crash onto the hard rocks of reality. In Russia that moment came in March 1921, when the Bolsheviks retreated from their first attempt to introduce
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Dakota Death Trip History Blog

Dakota Death Trip History Blog | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Derek Dahlsad, the hubby half of Fair Oaks Antiques / We Have Your Collectibles, was just featured in today's Fargo Forum -- on the front page, no less! The article features Derek's Dakota Death Tr...
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My husband & his history website make the Fargo newspaper!

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My husband & his history website make the Fargo newspaper!

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Chicago Century: Reading The Tribune 100 Years Later

Chicago Century: Reading The Tribune 100 Years Later | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Adam Webb writes this blog and reminds you that libraries are kind of amazing.
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