Tag: Arts & Culture

The Story Behind the Colonial Trial that Laid the Foundation for Establishing America’s Freedom of Press

When James Madison of Virginia, later the fourth president of the United States, wrote that “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press”—God-given rights ultimately enshrined in the First Amendment to the Constitution—there is little doubt that one thing on his mind was the trial of John Peter…


Wild Adventures: the Heart-Pounding Legend of Lewis and Clark’s Mission to Map Out America’s Frontier

The vast prairie stretched in front of the Lewis and Clark expedition, teeming with life and promising new discoveries. In present-day Nebraska, they spotted and described little furry animals we now call prairie dogs. Lewis was amazed by their burrow networks and sheer numbers. One day, Lewis observed a jackrabbit bounding across the plains. “It…


How America’s First First Lady Martha Washington Overcame Intense Scrutiny to Set the Tone for Her Successors

Streets, parks, towns, and cities are named for her husband, but Martha Washington’s grace and tenacity are also worthy of remembrance. Not much is known about the country’s first “first lady,” even from her own correspondence. She burned most of the letters between her and her husband, George, soon after he died. But the few…


A Great American Orator: How 19th-Century Senator Daniel Webster Developed His Unique Gifts

A contemporary, journalist Oliver Dyer, described Daniel Webster this way: “The head, the face, the whole presence of Webster, was kingly, majestic, god-like.” That third description stuck. Others began referencing the senator and orator from New Hampshire as “Godlike Daniel.” His words could move the hearts of his listeners, and his vibrant voice often brought…


Book Recommender: ‘The Gettysburg Cyclorama,’ Discover the Story Behind the Most Iconic Painting of the Civil War Battle

“Life imitates art far more than art imitates life,” penned Oscar Wilde in an 1889 essay, “The Decay of Lying.” Yet “The Gettysburg Cyclorama: The Turning Point of the Civil War on Canvas” is one exception. The book’s writers, Chris Brenneman and Sue Boardman, who have worked as licensed guides at the Gettysburg National Military…


Film Review: ‘Get Away If You Can’: Do You Really Want to Leave ALL of It Behind?

R | 1h 18min | Drama, Romance, Mystery | 22 August 2022 (USA) Anyone who is or ever has been in a committed, long-term, romantic relationship will be able to relate to the events taking place in “Get Away if You Can” (GAIYC). After a time, partners start to, not so much drift apart, but rather, become bored, complacent, or find themselves…


The Delicate Art of Kingfisher Feather ‘Enameling’

For a newlywed couple in 19th-century China, it’s the end of a joyous day of marriage rites and the beginning of their life together as they step into their bed chamber. She wears a striking gold and turquoise bridal coronet that’s embellished with semiprecious gems and a veil of pearls. As per Chinese tradition, the…


Educated Fish (1937)

A rebellious fish refuses to listen to his teacher until he ventures out into the real world and discovers the importance of education. Credit: Public Domain Movies – Feature Films: Cinema collection: epochcinema.com Epoch Original content: epochoriginal.com Feature Films: www.theepochtimes.com/featured-films * Click the “Save” button below the video to access it later on “My List.”…


The Song of the Birds (1935)

A destructive little boy with an air rifle shoots a baby bird and is mortified when the bird’s parents, and all the other birds, go into mourning. Credit: Public Domain Movies – Feature Films: Cinema collection: epochcinema.com Epoch Original content: epochoriginal.com Feature Films: www.theepochtimes.com/featured-films * Click the “Save” button below the video to access it…


Charlie Chaplin’s ‘The Masquerader’ (1914)

Charlie is an actor in a film studio. He messes up several scenes and is tossed out. Returning dressed as a lady, he charms the director. Even so, Charlie never makes it into film, winding up at the bottom of a well. Credit: Public Domain Movies – Feature Films: Cinema collection: epochcinema.com Epoch Original content:…