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Gospel Music: Evangelists and Their Song Leaders

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 08.09.2014 | Religion
William B. Bradshaw

The origin and development of Gospel music goes hand in hand with the history of evangelism in the United States. Dwight L. Moody, an evangelist of the mid-to-late 1800s, was the primary "architect" of a new kind of church music that has become what we now call Gospel Music.

Rare Portrait of a Slave En Route to American Colonies Recalls Horrors of the Middle Passage

Thomas Davidson | Posted 08.07.2014 | Arts
Thomas Davidson

Portraits of individual Africans who were enslaved and brought to the Americas are incredibly rare, and in virtually all instances the portraits were done long after the horrors of the Middle Passage. There is one clear exception to this rule, however.

FOUND: Oldest European Fort In Inland U.S.

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 07.25.2013 | Science

Updated at 2:41 p.m. ET, July 25. Before there was Jamestown and even before there was Roanoke, there was Spain's Fort San Juan, in the Appalachian ...

Religion in America on July 4, 1776

Maria Mayo | Posted 09.03.2013 | Religion
Maria Mayo

When the Declaration of Independence was drafted on July 4, 1776, religious practice in the 13 colonies of the United States was colorful and varied. The quest for independence -- as well as loyalist resistance to the cause -- permeated church life and teachings across denominational lines.

From Colony to Nation: 200 Years of American Painting at the New York Historical Society Museum

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 08.21.2013 | Arts
Alison Winfield Burns

A painting by Edwin White (dated 1861) shows a man in a cabin seated before a fire. Make that lounging in front of a fire. A black kettle sits deep within the hearth, in licking flames of playful oranges and yellows, leaping and glowing. Warm. Inviting. Natural.

When Politics Gets Trumped by Religion

David Macaray | Posted 11.18.2012 | Politics
David Macaray

Our history is filled with paradoxes. Although we regularly hear people refer with pride to our Founding Fathers, it's unclear whether they're familiar with the relevant dates.

Getting Lost at the Museum of Fine Arts

Zoe P. Strassfield | Posted 06.02.2012 | College
Zoe P. Strassfield

That's what I love about museums -- every artwork or display is a window into another place, another time or another way of thinking.

Biology Is Not Destiny in the Evolution of Sexual Coercion

Eric Michael Johnson | Posted 09.20.2011 | Women
Eric Michael Johnson

Cross-posted at Scientific American. Warning: content may be triggering for survivors of sexual assault/abuse. Elizabeth Wilde's mouth was stuffed w...

Were the Founding Fathers Alcoholics?

Stanton Peele | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stanton Peele

I want to talk about how much the founding fathers drank. Quite a bit. Just think what would happen if a politician today drank anywhere near as much as they did at that Constitutional party.

Homo Sex in Colonial America

Larry Kramer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Larry Kramer

Gay people are victims of an enormous con job. An awful rip-off. A tragic heist. It is time to call its bluff and grow up. This means recognizing that we have been here since the beginning of the history of people.