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The GOP, Government Shutdown, and the History of Killing Political Legitimacy

The situation was intense. The conservative party in America, its base strongest in the South, had recently suffered a devastating electoral defeat in which a progressive lawyer from Illinois won the presidency along mostly sectional lines. In response to the electoral rebuke of their policies, the conservative party decided that rather than accept the outcome of the election, they would …

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MAMMOTHS OF THE TUBE

LADIES FIRST. In 1960 a man from Edgware was cross enough to write to The Times.  Under the title ‘Mammoths of the Tube’ he complained Sir – One complains of the congested conditions prevailing today on the London Underground Railway system. Lately his condition seems to have been aggravated by various females carrying baskets, bags, and other articles which appear …

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LISTENING TO THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY WITH DR MATTHEW GREEN

When it comes to history tours, the team at Unreal City Audio, fronted by Dr Matthew Green, are really blazing a ‘trail’. We chat to Dr Matthew Green about the release of an extraordinary new app that brings to life the world of 18th century London. What first attracted you to the growth of coffeehouses in London?  Serendipitously, it was …

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FROM THE ARCHIVE: Women-Only Spaces

Lucy Allen looks at why all the best wombs are wearing misogyny gold this season. I’ve seen several discussions of the medieval birth-chamber as a woman-only space recently, including Helen Castor’s documentary. Castor claims that birth chambers were a space in which women were given extraordinary power in a habitually disempowering society – where midwives had the power to perform …

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Child evacuees of WWII

Gillian Mawson investigates the experience of Guernsey evacuee children in England during the Second World War.  In May 2008 when I discovered that over 17,000 Guernsey evacuees had arrived in England in June 1940, just before the Nazis invaded their island, I was astounded!  I knew that the Channel Islands had been occupied during the Second World War, but had …

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Walk this way

Simon Abernethy examines a curious solution to the rise in interwar traffic accidents. … I saw a letter the other day from an indignant gentleman who said he walked where he liked. He intimated that this was a free country and he had every right to walk where he liked. If he walks off the pavement in Oxford Street he …

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