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A Saloon without the Liquor: Coffee Houses in the 19th Century

“I have measured out my life with coffee spoons”- T.S. Eliot The delicious, rich taste of coffee. Today, coffee houses are commonly ...

Truly Grimm Tales

“Fairy tales since the beginning of recorded time, and perhaps earlier, have been a means to conquer the terrors of mankind through ...

The Fall and Rise of Algernon Graves

The most carefully indexed record of British art exhibitions in the 19th Century was the result of a decidedly unartful fall. A Londoner carrying ...

Niles' Weekly Register Now Available in 19th Century Masterfile

Volumes 1-75 of Niles' Weekly Register are now included in our 19th Century Masterfile. The Weekly ...

The Observations of Senator William Maclay, 1789-1791

"(Jefferson) had a rambling, vacant look and nothing of that firm, collected deportment which I expected." Between 1789-1791, Senator ...

The Politics of Art: The 19th Century Arts and Crafts Movement

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, life underwent a considerable change for much of the British population. The industrial revolution ...

Art and the Suffrage Movement

"Women who sought the vote were invariably portrayed as unnatural and unwomanly, and often viciously caricatured as grotesque and ...

Did Benjamin Franklin Invent the Insurance Industry?

With great wealth comes great risk. The more you have of value, the more you have to lose. Humans have long tried to find ways to reduce the risk of ...

The Birth Of America’s National Parks

In 1872, out of a desire to preserve the area's beauty for future generations, the United States Congress created the first national ...

Ideas Beget Ideas: The Conversations Inspired by Thomas Malthus-Part II

The ideas of Thomas Malthus, discussed in an earlier post, didn't just inspire questionable public policy over the years; they became part of a ...

19th Century Population Growth According to Thomas Malthus

"The power of population is indefinitely greater than the power in the earth to produce subsistence for man." --Thomas Malthus With the ...

Pride and Prejudice: A Novel for All Generations

"I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I ...

History of American Discovery: Remembering the Expedition of Lewis and Clark

On April 30, 1803, James Monroe secured an agreement from the French government, then led by Napoleon, to allow purchase of a large section of what we ...

The Sadly Sinkable William Stead

How would you have responded to being on the Titanic as it sank? William Stead, journalist, editor, pacifist, and compiler of indexes (like ...

150 Years Later: Researching the Civil War in 19th Century Masterfile

On the 150th Anniversary of the commencement of the United States Civil War, we are reminded of the great value of primary sources in helping us ...

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