Stuff You Missed in History Class

Stuff You Missed in History Class

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Henry Dunant, Founder of the Red Cross  

After witnessing the brutality of a battle first-hand, Swiss-born Dunant dedicated his life to easing the suffering brought by war.

Edmonia Lewis  

The American sculptor was a celebrated artist in her day, but she receded from the spotlight; her final years remained a mystery for quite some time.

Beer History with Erik Lars Myers  

Tracy is joined by Erik Lars Myers, founder, CEO and head brewer at Mystery Brewing Company to talk about the history of beer.

Unearthed! in 2016, Part 2  

Part two of our annual roundup of unearthed news is a bit of a hodgepodg, including edible finds, art and letters and exhumations.

Unearthed! in 2016, Part 1  

It's time to talk about all the things that were unearthed in 2016, recurrent things, things that are actually older than we thought, and shipwrecks.

Unearthed! Piltdown Man  

The Piltdown Man is one of the world’s most infamous instances of scientific fraud, and it derailed the study of evolution for decades.

Maccabean Revolt  

The uprising of the Maccabees against the Seleucid Empire during the Hellenistic period is an integral part of the Hanukkah story.

The Krampus and Friends Holiday Special, Part 3  

Last year's episodes on non-Santa holiday figures were so popular that this year, we're featuring Frau Perchta, Olentzero, Mari Lwyd and Ded Moroz.

Belinda Sutton's Post-enslavement Petitions  

After she became a free woman, Belinda Sutton successfully petitioned for compensation for her years of enslaved labor.

An Interview With Sears Historian Jerry Hancock  

Jerry joins Holly in the studio to talk about the historical significance of the building where HowStuffWorks is headquartered.

The Palmer Raids, Part 2  

After WWI, thousands of immigrants in the U.S. were rounded up, many without cause or warrant, and kept in horrifying conditions.

The Palmer Raids, Part 1  

After WWI, there was a great deal of fear that Communist revolutionaries would try to take over the country.

Alabama Governor George Wallace  

Wallace was one of the most prominent voices against the Civil Rights Movement and its objectives.

Rejected Princesses with Jason Porath  

Author and illustrator Jason Porath joins Tracy and Holly in the studio to talk about women from history featured in his new book.

The Dakota War of 1862 and the Whitestone Hill Massacre  

In 1862, murder led to war between the Dakota and the United States. What followed was a campaign of retribution against multiple indigenous peoples.

James Webb and NASA’s Early Days  

People are often surprised to learn that the namesake for the James Webb Space Telescope wasn't a scientist or engineer, but a lawyer and bureaucrat.

The Attica Prison Uprising (Part 2)  

The riot at Attica Correctional Facility in September 1971 remains a significant moment in the history of the U.S. prison system.

Life at Attica, 1971 (Part 1)  

In 1971, conditions at Attica were at a point where they were humiliating, dehumanizing and counterproductive to rehabilitation.

The First Transatlantic Telegraph Cable  

Establishing a submarine telegraph cable to connect North America and Europe took ingenuity, but more than anything else, it required tenacity.

Six Impossible Episodes: Déjà Vu Edition  

We often get requests for topics that are so similar to existing episodes that they would sound like repeats.

The Reynolds Pamphlet Live from NYCC Presents  

In the summer of 1791, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton and Maria Reynolds began an affair that would lead to blackmail, political rumors, a 98-page confessional document ... and eventually a song in a hit Broadway musical.

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