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December 17th, 1903, Kittyhawk, North Carolina: The World's first flight with Orville Wright at the controls. His brother Wilbur is running at the side of the machine.

7 Gilded Age Inventions That Changed the World

The Gilded Age was a time of sweeping changes. From roughly 1870 to 1900, the United States transformed from a largely agrarian society of farmers and small producers to an industrial economy based in large cities. During those few short decades, there was also an explosion of ...read more

Roman Emperor Constantine making a donation from the city of Rome to the Pope in support of his newfound devotion to the Christian church.

5 Ways Christianity Spread Through Ancient Rome

How did Christianity go from a small sect in a corner of the Roman Empire in the first century, to the religion that the emperor converted to in the early fourth century? Its spread was greatly aided by the empire’s political unification and extensive road system, as well as the ...read more

A black preacher addressing his mixed congregation on a plantation in South Carolina, c. 1860

The Surprising Religious Diversity of America's 13 Colonies

The story of religion in America’s original 13 colonies often focuses on Puritans, Quakers and other Protestants fleeing persecution in Europe, looking to build a community of like-minded believers. Protestants were indeed in the majority, but the reality was far more diverse. ...read more