What does it mean to own something? What sorts of things can be owned, and what cannot? How does one relinquish ownership? What are the boundaries between private and public property? Over the course of a decade, the French Revolution grappled with these questions. Punctuated by false starts, contingencies, and unexpected results, this process laid the foundations of the Napoleonic Code and modern notions of property as a result.
In the early twentieth century, public health reformers approached the task of ameliorating unsanitary conditions and preventing epidemic diseases with optimism. Using exhibits, they believed they could make systemic issues visual to masses of people.
The Wiener Holocaust Library was delighted to welcome Robert Gellately to the Library for a virtual book talk to discuss his new work, 'Hitler's True Believers: How Ordinary People Became Nazis'. Understanding Adolf Hitler's ideology provides insights into the mental world of an extremist politics that, over the course of the Third Reich, developed explosive energies culminating in the Second World War and the Holocaust.
Usually the Kentucky Derby kicks off in spring, but it took place in early September this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, which threw the race schedule into chaos. The race was met with protests.
Dan interviews historian Paul Renfro on his book Stranger Danger: Family Values, Childhood, and the American Carceral State.
Historians have long treated the Atlantic and Indian Ocean routes of early modern French empire separately. But, early modern people understood France as a bi-oceanic empire, connected by vast but strong pathways of commercial, intellectual, and legal exchange.
Historian Paul M. Renfro on the child abduction panics of the 70s and 80s, America's political and social response, and his book "Stranger Danger: Family Values, Childhood, and the American Carceral State" from Oxford University Press.
My book narrates how the bereaved parents of missing and slain children turned their grief into a mass movement and, alongside journalists and policymakers from both major political parties, propelled a moral panic.
Ethnohistorians Patsy West and Andrew Frank talk with Nathan Connolly about the origins of Florida’s indigenous peoples, known as the Seminoles. Andrew Frank speaks about the diverse communities built by the Seminoles – which included both Native Americans and African Americans.
Horse racing was the first mass-audience sport in the United States, and New Orleans was the home of the highest-class racing in the nation in the pre-Civil War period. The enslaved men who rode and trained at the city's tracks were the first black sports celebrities.