A Kentucky Divided Cannot Stand

Both Abraham Lincoln, president of the Union, and Jefferson Davis, president of the Confederacy, were born in Kentucky. The state’s economy and access to everything outside of Kentucky relied on both the Ohio River, which flowed through the Union, and the Mississippi River, which went through the Confederacy. Kentucky’s entire livelihood depended on a United States. And for a time, there was the Union, the Confederacy and Kentucky – sitting on a fence, a classic middle child.

Loud And Proud: An Annual Reminder

Long before the LGBT community was able to have national block parties in their honor, a few brave citizens started a movement that would eventually become Pride Month.

Gin and Tonic with a Twist of Empire

Gin and tonic isn’t just the #SWF summer drink of choice. It’s a drink with a storied — and controversial — past. It’s a drink that once made Winston Churchill (no newbie to the drinking game) claim, “The gin and tonic has saved more Englishmen’s lives, and minds, than all the doctors in the Empire.”

Ah, Empire. Gather round, children, pour yourselves a drink, and I’ll tell you about a time when empire was more than just a must-watch TV drama on FOX.

Everybody Move Now

Imagine a world where everyone who needs to move house, does so all on the same day. Imagine it. IMAGINE IT.

Women of the West, in a Town Called Opportunity

In some states, as many as one in five Homestead deeds were given to women. They had to be 21 years old and the head of their household, which allowed single, divorced or widowed women to claim land. “Any woman who can stand her own company, can see the beauty of the sunset, loves growing things and is willing to put in as much time at careful labor as she does over the washtub, will certainly succeed, will have independence, plenty to eat all the time, and a home of her own in the end.”

The Historical Precedent for Turning 25

History remembers Queen Elizabeth I as one of England’s most successful and beloved rulers. She ushered in the Elizabethan Era, a period of unparalleled prosperity for the empire, which gave us William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. She stopped the persecution of religious minorities and led one of England’s most impressive military victories with her defeat of the Spanish Armada. And she did it all without seeming to give one single damn about what anyone else thought about her.