The wealthy textile manufacturer harbored ambitions that went far beyond the well-being of his own workforce and depleted his fortune.
Chinese-Canadian journalist Edith Eaton documented anti-Asian racism in Canada in the late 19th and early 20th century. Over 100 years later, not much has changed.
Penny dreadfuls told real stories of murder and mayhem to 19th-century audiences seeking escape from city life. True crime podcasts have a lot in common with them.
Only one American president – Grover Cleveland – has lost reelection and then won back his office.
The health care inequities suffered by Black Americans today began centuries ago.
The science of politics became popular across Europe, alongside the rise of capitalism and empire in the 19th century.
Britain's Royal Navy embarked on a huge anti-slavery campaign, but those 'rescued' didn't always feel the benefits.
After several decades in which many housewives turned their backs on slave sugar, it suddenly made a comeback.
Not so long ago, people had no idea what would happen to them – and what they would see – once they ascended into the clouds.
Today's beds are thought of as bastions of privacy. But not long ago, they were the perches from which kings ruled and places where travelers hunkered down with complete strangers.
The battle between nationalism and a wider European identity in the 19th century has influenced philosophy to this day.
W.T. Stead's 1885 account of the process by which wealthy Londoners procured teenagers for sex became a global news story, but the police refused to investigate.
Often referred to as the first modern lesbian, Anne Lister had a lot of political ambition.
This season marks the 150th anniversary of the first professional baseball team and the start of its eye-popping 81-game winning streak.
Lessons from the British 19th century protests over electoral reform about the significance of crowd sizes.
Women's solo sex can be taboo even today. But in 17th century England it featured in many texts from poetry to medical books, suggesting knowledge or even acceptance of female self-pleasure.
In 1910, along one 45-block stretch of New York City's Fifth Avenue, there were only 13 trees.
Screen time wasn't a issue in the 19th century but that didn't stop concerns over how new developments might damage eyesight
As a left-wing rallying cry, this account of the 1819 massacre in Manchester fails to rouse the inner revolutionary.
To survive in 19th-century newsrooms, reporters would have to hustle to get by, even if it meant producing fakes, staging events and sharing work with reporters from competing newspapers.