Meet Mary Anning, The Fearless Fossil Hunter Who Got Left Out Of The History Books
Mary Anning's discoveries shook the very foundations of science but she battled constant misogyny and rarely received credit for her work while she was alive.
The Daring Adventures Of Isabella Bird, The Groundbreaking Travel Writer Of Victorian England
From 1854 until her death in 1904, British explorer Isabella Bird traveled the world — and defied traditional gender norms of her time.
Meet Alphonse Bertillon, The Brilliant French Detective Who Revolutionized Police Work
While working in a Parisian police station in 1879, Alphonse Bertillon conceived of a way to more accurately identify repeat offenders and became the first to photograph a crime scene.
Meet Josiah Henson, The Escaped Slave Whose Journey To Freedom Inspired ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin’
After walking 600 miles to Canada in 1830, Josiah Henson returned to the United States to free over 100 more slaves.
The Story Of Rebecca Lee Crumpler, The First Black Woman To Become A Doctor In American History
In 1864, Rebecca Lee Crumpler made history when she earned her M.D. But her inspiring story was largely forgotten for over a century.
Meet Henrietta Wood, The Freed Slave Who Successfully Sued For Reparations
Even though she was emancipated in 1848, Henrietta Wood was kidnapped and enslaved again for 16 more years. After she was freed a second time, she took her captor to court.
Inside ‘Phossy Jaw,’ The Deadly Condition That Plagued 19th-Century Matchstick Girls
Throughout industrial Britain and America, young women employed at matchmaking factories and working closely with toxic chemicals developed a brutal disease known as “phossy jaw" — which caused their jawbones to literally rot.
Meet Veronica Franco, The Revered Venetian Courtesan Who Was Defamed By Claims Of Witchcraft
In Renaissance-era Venice, Veronica Franco reached unusual heights for a woman as an educated courtesan. But as luxurious as the position was, it could be easily destroyed.
33 Harrowing Photos Of The Crack Epidemic That Devastated America’s Cities
In the early 1980s, a rock of crack cocaine went for as little as $5. Due to its cheap price and high purity, it spread like wildfire from New York to Los Angeles.
How Marilyn Monroe’s House Became Her ‘Safe Haven’ — And Her Place Of Death
The Spanish-style Colonial Revival house at 12305 5th Helena Drive was the first property Marilyn Monroe ever bought — and her last. She died there just six months after moving in.
27 Victorian Death Photos — And The Disturbing History Behind Them
To this day, Victorian death pictures remain chilling artifacts of a bygone era that's shocking to modern sensibilities.