Blackbeard’s power and popularity rested on his position as a sea captain and commander of a large fleet, regardless of legalities.
Years ago, I worked as a...
Spring has come to Virginia. We already see and hear the birds, and flowers are on the way.
In the early 1800s Americans supported not only their revolution, but its ideological underpinnings. They esteemed science and knowledge of mathematics as objects of learning and loved asking questions about the natural world and the universe.
Historians of the eighteenth century and earlier served the people who paid and employed them. They arranged the facts to project the elite’s agenda. What they said is not always correct or honest.
While the surgical masks hide the nose and mouth, they don’t hide the eyes. People recognize each other mainly by looking at eyes.
Visual comedy, because it lacked language, couldn’t be personally nasty or insulting. Astonishing and surprising stunts simply made people laugh. As a result, when stunts and rough-house weren’t funny, nobody felt insulted. The use of language brought puns and put-downs.
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