William Wilson

‘William Wilson’ is an 1839 short story by Edgar Allan Poe, set in London. The author explores the theme of the evil twin, as a precursor to later tales like ‘Markheim’ by...

On State Representation

A heated conflict arose among the states, threatening to divide the nation in two. No, it wasn’t the Civil War; it was the Constitutional Constitution of 1787. Delegates...

Never Bet the Devil Your Head

Though many of his tales have morals, so few of Poe’s stories start with the idea that they are meant to be moralistic as is the case with Never Bet the Devil Your Head. In this...

The Imp of the Perverse

Ever want to blame the worst thing you’ve ever done on someone (or something) else? Edgar Allan Poe believes that you don’t have to, and that each time someone does something...

Resignation as Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army

After the Treaty of Paris officially ended the Revolutionary War, Washington resigned from his position as leader of the Continental Army. By the end of the war, Washington held...

The Messiah Letter

Pauite leader Wovoka founded the Ghost Dance movement in the late 1880s as conditions for Native Americans became increasingly hopeless. Wovoka declared himself the messiah and...

The Ladies

Mark Twain delivered this speech after following a toast made to “the ladies.” In it, he praises women for their contributions both large and small to history and society....

Letter to Touro Synagogue

In 1790, Moses Seixas of the Touro Synagogue wrote a letter to President Washington. Representing a people who had been escaping persecution for generations, he wanted...

On Maintaining an Army

Before George Washington was president, he was a great general. He understood not only how to lead men into battle, but also how to keep them fighting when things became bleak....

The Pursuit and Capture of Chief Joseph

In 1877, the U.S. government ordered the Nez Perce Indians to leave their tribal lands in the Pacific Northwest for a reservation in Idaho. Though this mandate violated previous...

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