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November 18, 2019

            Narratives that reference expansion west during the second half of the nineteenth century often focus on the rugged landscape, untamed wilderness, and hearty men who took control of the untamed Great Plains. Missing from these narratives, however, are the v...

October 14, 2019

In 1876, at the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, many Americans tasted a banana for the first time.[1] Wrapped in tinfoil, eaten with a fork and knife, and sold for a dime, the banana represented a luxury tropical item.[2]In attendance at the Exposition were repr...

September 13, 2019

Residents within the DC metropolitan area ponder with consistency whether cannabis within the jurisdiction is legal or illegal to purchase and possess. Prior to the 1930s, the vast majority of Americans had never seen or used cannabis, as the drug lacked popularity and...

May 5, 2019

In many Cold War films of the 1960s, the dangers of femininity were stressed as causes for communism or other moral failures of men. This alleged danger was prominent in films such as The Red Menace (1962), where communism was linked to sexual deviance and the exploita...

March 17, 2019

Throughout most of the world, drug users and dealers face steep penalties for the possession and sale of illegal substances, with some facing capital punishment as a consequence for their crimes. This is especially true in the United States, where the War on Drugs has...

December 17, 2018

An overlooked segment of American history has been the inattention to the diets of Americans, an aspect which shapes the lives of all citizens. From meatloaf to lots and lots of pineapple, here are some of the major food evolutions in 20th century America!

1920s: After...

October 21, 2018

Drug prohibition is facing increasing scrutiny in the current century, especially as many countries begin to legalize formerly illicit substances. Notably, on October 17th, Canada began legal sale of cannabis for the recreational use of the adults of that country. But...

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