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Logos: Then and Now
August 24th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

The power of logos and branding wasn’t lost on the ancients. Bruce MacDonald (Virginia Military Institute) says after William the Conqueror defeated Harold, the Saxon king, William wisely combined the crests of the two forces into a new British logo—two winged lions on a yellow field—which helped him unify and govern his new land. Also […]

Pedal Power
September 14th, 2013 - (0 Comments)

Call it affordable, sustainable transportation. Call it public health. Ralph Buehler (Virginia Tech) has looked at who is riding bikes and why, and the infrastructure cities need to make cycling safer and more convenient. Buehler’s book City Cycling emphasizes that bicycling shouldn’t be limited to those who are highly trained, extremely fit, and daring enough […]

Is This Place Great or What?
July 28th, 2012 - (0 Comments)

Brian Ulrich’s (Virginia Commonwealth University) new book Is This Place Great or What is a decade-long photographic study of consumerism in America, post 9-11. His pictures, which were taken across the United States, portray shoppers and employees in “Big Box” stores and small thrift stores. He also documents abandoned shopping malls on the brink of […]

The Steel-Driving Man and The Man of Steel
November 1st, 2008 - (0 Comments)

The song “John Henry” is one of the most popular in American history but, for years, nobody knew whether the legendary railroad tunneler was a real person or simply a tall tale.  Recently, Scott Reynolds Nelson (College of William and Mary) discovered a historic record of a railroad worker named John Henry, who was buried […]

The Steel-Driving Man and the Man of Steel
February 21st, 2009 - (1 Comments)

The song “John Henry” is one of the most popular in American history but, for years, nobody knew whether the legendary railroad tunneler was a real person or simply a tall tale. Recently, Scott Reynolds Nelson (College of William and Mary) discovered a historic record of a railroad worker named John Henry, who was buried […]

Last Days of the Confederacy
May 11th, 2002 - (0 Comments)

By February 1865 after Robert E. Lee’s Gettysburg defeat had dashed southern hopes for the army Confederate leaders were at odds over whether to surrender. President Jefferson Davis wanted to fight to the last man. But his secretary of war felt differently. John Breckenridge tried to persuade Davis to surrender and strike the best deal […]

Last Days of the Confederacy
December 22nd, 2001 - (0 Comments)

By February 1865, after Robert E. Lee’s Gettysburg defeat had dashed Southern hopes for the army, Confederate leaders were at odds over whether to surrender. President Jefferson Davis wanted to fight to the last man. But his Secretary of War felt differently. John Breckenridge tried to persuade Davis to surrender and strike the best deal […]

Civil War Sound
May 2nd, 1999 - (0 Comments)

Recent studies have shown that “sound anomalies” during the Civil War may have led to some deadly strategic blunders. Physics professor Chuck Ross (Longwood University) discusses how atmospheric acoustics affected several key command decisions. Historian Scott Nelson (William & Mary) looks at the connection between the railroads and the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in the Reconstruction South. […]