The commute to work is something many professionals have had to contend with – including the 38th President of the United States. Sam Marks explores Gerald Ford’s unconventional start to his presidency.
In the 1950s, during the height of the Cold War, nuclear panic led to the creation of underground fallout shelters around the world–sometimes in unexpected places. Sam Marks tells the story of the creation of a classified nuclear bunker for members of the US government underneath an unassuming hotel.
Few biscuits are as iconic as the graham cracker, but how did this treat gain such widespread popularity? Sam Marks explores the history of this humble cracker in our first Retroshort.
Written by Sam Marks. In the earliest years of its founding, the United States of America underwent rapid expansion, driven by filibusters who held the belief that such aggressive territorial acquisition was destined. Sam Marks explores the colonisation efforts of William Walker and the ensuing uprising against his regime.
Written by Sam Marks. The International Geophysical Year changed the course of scientific development – not least for the technological advancements it oversaw but the collaborative efforts between the nations involved. Sam Marks explores the legacy of this important, albeit largely forgotten, moment in human history.
Written by Sam Marks. US Politics remains, on average, shifted to the right when compared to European states. But, the 1924 presidential election has one often overlooked candidate who was the champion of the progressive movement. Sam Marks explores the significance of Robert M. ‘Fighting Bob’ La Follette.
Written by Sam Marks. What is Groundhog Day? Sam Marks discusses the customs and origins of the folklore of the peculiar North American holiday
Written by Sam Marks. The history of radio in the UK may seem a simple trajectory, but few people remember the political turmoil associated with pirate radio, especially in the case of Sealand. What was the importance of this land, and how did radio create a new sovereign nation?