Hamilton

A History of our time? The forgotten founding father?   Legacy, what is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see[1]   I honestly could not resist writing a piece about Hamilton. Hamilton is the 2015 musical phenomenon written by Lin Manuel Miranda and inspired by R. Chernow’s 2004 biography … More Hamilton

AMERICA’S MOST WANTED – The extraordinary CIA plans to assassinate Fidel Castro

Former Cuban President Fidel Castro died aged ninety of natural causes in November 2016. Despite the mixed opinions and vast amount of controversy surrounding Castro, the Cuban leader managed to rule for over five decades and is still the longest-ruling non-royal national leader since 1900. Castro’s regime is argued to be have successful in terms … More AMERICA’S MOST WANTED – The extraordinary CIA plans to assassinate Fidel Castro

From Seneca Falls to the Nineteenth Amendment: The American Women’s Movement – Revised

The 6th of February 1918 marks a pivotal date in British history as people across the country will rejoice in celebrating the centennial anniversary of the enfranchisement of women over the age of thirty being granted the right to vote. This important landmark in British history may have happened over three generations ago, but it … More From Seneca Falls to the Nineteenth Amendment: The American Women’s Movement – Revised

The Emancipation Proclamation: How Far Did it Really Change the Position of African-Americans?

The path to emancipation can be seen through the American Civil War which was in effect fought over slavery. The conflict procured a sense of rebelliousness amongst the slaves as they began to sense their impending liberation. Many became uncontrollable as they refused to obey orders and challenged to their masters. This resulted in approximately … More The Emancipation Proclamation: How Far Did it Really Change the Position of African-Americans?

The Kite Runner- Using Literature as a source for recent times

The post will look at the historical significance in Khaled Hosseini’s 2003 bestselling novel, The Kite Runner. The novel is a coming of age story focusing on Amir born into a Pashtun family in Afghanistan. Recently, as of Monday 10th July I went to watch the stage adaptation of it with another blogger- lauraljpotter. This … More The Kite Runner- Using Literature as a source for recent times

When Politics Come to Sport: A History of Protest and Boycott at the Olympic and Paralympic Games

Politics and professional sport have forever been intertwined. Recently this has become more apparent with a number of news stories demonstrating this relationship. The American footballer Colin Kaepernick has made headlines and received a great deal of harassment for kneeling during the American national anthem at matches in protest of police violence against African Americans. … More When Politics Come to Sport: A History of Protest and Boycott at the Olympic and Paralympic Games

This is America: Projecting Prosperity in the Cold War

From the late 1940s through the 1950s and into the 1960s, how the United States portrayed itself to the world was seen as an important aspect of fighting the Cold War. The ‘Cultural’ Cold War was seen as just as important, because it was necessary to show the U.S. as not only strong economically and … More This is America: Projecting Prosperity in the Cold War