In modern society, Labor Day marks a day off from work and school, full of BBQs and family picnics and touch football games. But the real history of the holiday has largely been forgotten. It's not always taught in schools, nor does it have a clear meaning in popular culture. So, why are you getting the day off of work? It all stared in Canada, a country that featured an … [Read more...] about The History of Labor Day
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We all know that Mardi Gras involves parades, fatty foods and colorful beads. But not all of us know its actual history. In the U.S., Mardi Gras has evolved to become a worldwide recognized holiday with people traveling from all over the globe to take part in the week-long celebration in New Orleans that includes masks, dancing, beads, parades and traditional foods like gumbo, … [Read more...] about Celebrating Fat Tuesday? Check out the History of Mardi Gras!
The history of Valentine's Day is still a little bit of a mystery. In fact, the Catholic Church recognizes that there were a few guys named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend says that Valentine was a priest during third century Rome. When Emperor Claudius II outlawed marriage because he thought single men made better soldiers than married ones, … [Read more...] about The History of Valentine’s Day
Today, February 1st, marks the start of Black History Month. During this month, African-American history is taught and celebrated in schools, on TV and in many aspects of daily life. Here is how the annual celebration came about in the first place. In 1925, Dr. Carter G. Woodson, an African-American historian who founded the Association for the Study of Negro Life and … [Read more...] about The History of Black History Month
The girl stumbled out of the forest, empty and fearful; when she searched for answers, she found a Berlin transformed to breathing flesh, secretive, alive and indifferent to her questioning. One thing alone was clear: the path to understanding leads not forward, but back. Margaret is an odd girl in a strange city, staring a foreign century in the eye and displeased with what … [Read more...] about The History of History by Ida Hattemer-Higgins