History


Fritz Kuhn and the German-American Bund

Fritz Kuhn and the German-American Bund

Nazi Germany had Führer Adolf Hitler. The United States had Bundesführer Fritz Kuhn, a naturalized American citizen who came to the U.S. from Munich by way of Mexico.

Published 10/20/2013

 

The Faithful Executioner

The Faithful Executioner

Meister Frantz Schmidt of Nuremberg killed 394 people during his 45-year career as an executioner. But he was not a monster. To the contrary, he was a sober, reliable family man, one who reluctantly pursued his vocation.

Published 05/19/2013

 

The Great Flood of 1913

The Great Flood of 1913

On March 23, 1913, a series of tornadoes struck the American Midwest. But the twisters were a mere prelude to a greater disaster, one caused by torrential rains.

Published 04/28/2013

 

Leonardo and the Last Supper

Leonardo and the Last Supper

At the time of da Vinci’s death in 1519 the Mona Lisa and most of his other paintings were unknown to the world at large — and Leonardo considered himself to have been a failure.

Published 02/27/2013

 

The Mill River Flood, Disaster

The Mill River Flood, Disaster

Silk industry magnate William Skinner lost everything when an inland tidal wave destroyed the company village that bore his name. In “American Phoenix,” author Sarah S. Kilborne recounts the disaster, and how it propelled Skinner to his greatest success.

Published 02/12/2013

 

When North Carolina was Klansville, USA

When North Carolina was Klansville, USA

In the mid-1960s the United Klans of America had more members in North Carolina than all other southern states combined. But the UKA’s fall was precipitous, thanks to a coordinated policing effort that hindered its ability to organize.

Published 02/01/2013

 

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