Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Things That Changed The World, From Least Changey to Most Changey


Mr. Hornaday, a peculiar Victorian zookeeper


The banana

Temple Grandin

The 1960 Olympics in Rome


A topographic map which shows a delineation of the strata of England and Wales


The Triangle Shirtwaist Fire *


The 1893 Columbian Exposition *

The year 1959 **

The battle of Thermopylae

The friendship between Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony

January to June, 1919

December, 1941


The compass

The voyage of the Mayflower

The telegraph cable

The battle of the Marne, 1914


The birth-control pill

The Reformation


* Only America is changed
** Everything is changed

Michelle Legro is an editor at Lapham's Quarterly.

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I read that book on mauve, and it was utterly, completely fascinating. Highly recommended!

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@Peteykins Yeah, I realized going down the list that I had read far too many books about things changing the world. History nuts, amirite? :)

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