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August 22, 2019

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Sculptor Edmonia Lewis Shattered Gender and Race Expectations in 19th-Century America | At the Smithsonian

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Kidnapped, beaten and left to die, Edmonia Lewis, a talented artist with both African and Native-American ancestry, refused to abandon her dreams. In the winter of 1862, a white mob had attacked her because of reports that she had poisoned two fellow Oberlin College students, drugging their wine with “Spanish......
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Why Spain Is Seeking to Catalog All of Its Historic Shipwrecks | History

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For four centuries, Spain’s prodigious naval power built an empire that stretched around the globe. But not every military or merchant voyage ended well. In the first analysis of its kind by a former colonial power, Spain’s Ministry of Culture has identified 681 shipwrecks in the Caribbean and along the......
History

A Chunk of Trinitite Reminds Us of the Sheer, Devastating Power of the Atomic Bomb | At the Smithsonian

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The first atomic bomb ever exploded was a test device, insouciantly nicknamed the Gadget. In mid-July 1945, American scientists had trucked the five-ton mechanism from their secret laboratory at Los Alamos, New Mexico, 230 miles south, to a place known to the scientists as Trinity in a stretch of southern......

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