Ellen Glasgow: “That killed how many? how many?”

For peace, against war: literary selections


Anti-war essays, poems, short stories and literary excerpts

American writers on peace and against war

Ellen Glasgow: The Altar of the War God

Ellen Glasgow: His vision of the future only an endless warfare and a wasted land

Ellen Glasgow: The Reign of the Brute

Ellen Glasgow: Then the rows of dead men stared at him through the falling rain in the deserted field


Ellen Glasgow
From The Battle Ground (1902)


In the adjoining room she saw her mother sitting in a square of sunlight with her open Bible on her knees.

“Oh, speak, mamma!” she called half angrily. “Move, do anything but sit so still. I can’t bear it!” She caught her breath sharply, for with her words a low sound like distant thunder filled the room and the little street outside. As she clung with both hands to the window it seemed to her that a…

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Article: A Brief History of the Wristwatch

A Brief History of the Wristwatch


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Article: The trial of SS officer Klaus Barbie: from the archive, 28 May 1987

The trial of SS officer Klaus Barbie: from the archive, 28 May 1987


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►Greek Mythology: “Hera, Zeus’ Wife” / Poetry: “Two Poems”.-

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“The Peacock complaining to Juno”, by Gustave Moreau (1881).

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Hera (Roman equivalent: Juno) was Zeus’ wife and sister, and was raised by the Titans Oceanus and Tethys. She was the supreme goddess, patron of marriage, family and childbirth, having a special interest in protecting married women. 

Hera, like her siblings, was swallowed by her father Cronos (Rhea‘s husband) as soon as she was born.

Zeus with the help of Metis later tricked Cronos into a swallowing a potion that forced him to disgorge his offspring.

The legitimate offspring of her union with Zeus are Ares (the god of war), Hebe (the goddess of youth), Eris (the goddess of discord) and Eileithvia (goddess of childbirth).  

Johann Jakob Bachofen (“An Investigation of the Religious and Juridical Character of Matriarchy in the Ancient [1861]), considered that Hera, was originally the goddess of a matriarchal people, presumably inhabiting Greece before the…

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Article: History of World War II: America’s Was Providing Military Aid to the USSR, While Also Supporting Nazi Germany

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History of World War II: America’s Was Providing Military Aid to the USSR, While Also Supporting Nazi Germany

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this day in crime history: may 20, 1899

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On this date in 1899, taxi driver Jacob German was arrested for speeding in New York City. German was operating his electric car at the breakneck pace of twelve miles per hour, four miles per hour over the speed limit. German is believed to be the first person cited for speeding in the United States.

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The First Speeding Infraction in the U.S. was Committed by a New York City Taxi Driver in an Electric Car on May 20, 1899

US’ First-Ever Speeding Infraction Issued to Electric Vehicle in 1899

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SNIPPETS OF HISTORY: ‘ The Bread Winners of 1883 Anti-Labour Movement ‘

#AceHistoryNews – May.20: The Bread-Winners is an 1883 anti-labor novel by John Hay, who was Assistant Secretary to the President under Abraham Lincoln and McKinley’s final Secretary of State. Originally published anonymously in instalments in The Century Magazine, the book attracted wide interest and provoked considerable speculation over the author’s identity.

Hay wrote his only novel as a reaction to several strikes that affected him and his business interests in the 1870s and early 1880s. In the main storyline, a wealthy former army captain, Arthur Farnham, organizes Civil War veterans to keep the peace when the Bread-winners, a group of lazy and malcontented workers, call a violent general strike.

Hay had left hints as to his identity in the novel, and some guessed right, but he never acknowledged the book as his, and it did not appear with his name on it until after his death in 1905.

Hay’s hostile view of organized labor was soon seen as outdated, and the book is best remembered for its onetime popularity and controversial nature.

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USA: Colloquialisms – Do we talk funny ?


Do We Talk Funny? 51 American Colloquialisms

American English has a rich history of regionalisms — which sometimes tell us a lot about where we come from.

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SNIPPETS OF MEMORIES: ‘ Seventy Four Years ago Hopkins Wrote a Postcard Home ‘

#AceHistoryNews – May.17: Edwin Hopkins was on the USS Oklahoma when it was sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

He was buried in a grave of unknown sailors, and his family believed his body was never identified. But it was – and now, 74 years later, there is a plan to bring him home.

In September 1941 Hopkins wrote a postcard home, with a picture of the battleship he was going to serve on.

"He said he was going off to board the Oklahoma for Hawaii. He sent that to his mother and that was it," says Tom Gray, Hopkins’ cousin. The family still treasures the card, as their last contact with the teenage sailor.

Three months later, almost to the day, the Oklahoma was the first ship to be hit during the surprise Japanese assault and capsized in less than 15 minutes.

"Edwin was a fireman third class and he was probably deep down in the hold when the ship was torpedoed. When the ship went down that was the last my family heard of him until 2008," says Gray.

Hopkins grew up in Swanzey, New Hampshire and was remembered by the family as "just a great guy, the life of the party", says Gray.

When Americans began to enlist in large numbers after the fall of France in June 1940 and the start Battle of Britain a few weeks later, Hopkins’ older brother, Frank Jr, and one of his cousins went into the US Navy. Before long, at the age of 18, Hopkins followed them.

"They came home and Edwin did not. It was an open wound," says Gray.

"They always honoured him and they kept him alive through stories. My entire family, we’re all raised around Edwin Hopkins. I think it’s a tribute to my family that they passed the emotions and the feelings on to the next generation. He lives in our minds and we never met him."

Out of the 429 servicemen on the Oklahoma who died that day, only 35 were identified at the time.

Courtesy of BBC News Africa