Jimi Hendrix circa 1967. Photo: Pictorial Press Ltd./Alamy Stock Photo
Music History, Criticism, and Instruction
Music History, Criticism, and Instruction

Jimi Hendrix: Are You Experienced

From a young age, Jimi Hendrix had a fascination with music and sound—and a strong determination to master the secrets of both. From the moment he got his first guitar (which initially only had one string), he set about figuring out just Read More

Nirvana plays live at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, promoting Bleach. Ed Sirrs/Camera Press.
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Biographies

A Wild, Too-Brief Ride: Kurt Cobain and Nirvana

Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and Krist Novoselic comprised Nirvana, the band that unintentionally tore the music world asunder with the 1991 album Nevermind. The record that includes hits such as "Smells like Teen Spirit," "Come as You Are," Read More

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Captain James Cook: From the Thames to Madeira (1768)

Captain James Cook had the fortune of leading three historically epic adventures in his lifetime. The best way to experience a journey like these would be through the eye of the beholder, and in this case, a captain's log is the next best Read More

“The Dodge City Peace Commission.” Back row, left to right: Will Harris, Luke Short, Bat Masterson, William Petillon. Front row: Charlie Bassett, Wyatt Earp, Frank McLain, and Neal Brown. Photo: The Wild West in Color / June 1883. Charles A. Conkling, photographer
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History

Law and Lawlessness in The Wild West

The enmity between bandits and lawmen is, of course, the stuff of legends…but it’s also the stuff of history, as captured in John Guntzelman’s foray into The Wild West in Color, which infuses color and new life into black-and-white images Read More

Ronald Reagan (with “Dutch-boy” haircut), Neil Reagan, and parents,
Jack and Nelle Reagan. Family Christmas card circa 1916–1917.
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Biographies

Ronald Reagan: 7 Quotes and Quips

There is an undefinable and important quality to reviewing the words of your most admired historical figures. For many, there are few words as valuable than those spoken by the worshiped republican leader, Ronald Reagan. You can get your Read More

Lincoln’s second inauguration. Photo Source: Life and Times of Frederick Douglass
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Biographies

Frederick Douglass’s Hope for the Nation

Famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass was born sometime in February 1818. Without this great orator on the side of abolition, who knows how long slavery may have continued? In celebration of Douglass's birthday and Black History Month, Read More

A daguerreotype of Douglass, likely made in the late 1840s.
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History

Frederick Douglass’s Escape from Slavery

Frederick Douglass worked tirelessly against slavery as an orator and writer---but none of that would have been possible if he hadn't escaped from slavery himself. Douglass was reluctant to share the details of his escape because he didn't Read More

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Frederick Douglass’s Apprenticeship

Frederick Douglass was the famous orator and former slave who worked tirelessly to abolish slavery in the United States---but do you know the story of how he became so passionate about ending slavery? One of the significant events of Read More

Ship’s officers and crew gather on the deck of the ten-gun side-wheel steamer USS Mendota. The former blockade-runner was purchased by the navy from New York contractors and put into service on February 1, 1864, shortly before this picture was taken
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History

Gideon Welles of the U.S. Navy

Gideon Welles, the United States Secretary of the Navy from 1861 to 1869, made incredible strides to strengthen of the Navy during the Civil War. With the support of President Lincoln, and despite "limited naval knowledge," Welles achieved Read More

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History

Frederick Douglass: Learning to Read

Frederick A. Douglass is a truly fantastic figure in American history. He was an abolitionist, orator, writer, and social reformer. Truly, the amount of admirable accomplishments Douglass was able to achieve as an African American man in Read More

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The Death of General Reynolds

John F. Reynolds, one of the Union Army's most respected general and officer during the Civil War, played a key role in the Battle of Gettysburg. It was a battle in which he unfortunately lost his life. The following excerpt includes the Read More