another great one from the raven!
“The time is always right to do what is right.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King
There is nothing more stirring to the blood than the quest for freedom, especially as it lies in the desperate hearts of those who have suffered the brutal lash of slavery. And sometime—in fact, much of the time—the right to freedom is begrudgingly returned only when those in power are threatened. Freedom is not something you can ask for, it’s something you have to demand, even if that means wresting it violently from the grip of a hateful, ignorant society. History is rife with stories of mass enslavement, kings who built entire empires on the scarred backs of the oppressed, and the bloody slave rebellions that tried to right the scales of justice.
The precious token of freedom has played a pivotal role in many battles, but none so poignant, so immediate, as the uprising of those…
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I love this article…bringing the modern and the past together.
“I remember as I gazed down at the still form of my first victim, experiencing a strange, peaceful thrill.” -John Christie
Having spent the recent holiday in London, I am reminded how its dark and curious history is never very far from view. From Highgate to Dorset Street, one would be hard-pressed to find a plot of land within the city limits where someone hasn’t been killed, raped, or molested at some point in the past one thousand years. For many people, this realization may be appalling, for others intriguing—but for the rare few (cough, me, cough), it can be downright thrilling.
So, imagine my delight when I discovered I had been renting a flat in Notting Hill and sleeping right next door to the city’s original maison macabre, a location so steeped in horror and madness it was dubbed “the most notorious address in London” in the 1950’s and literally razed to…
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The slave ship Zong was a stinking, volatile craft that carried hundreds or poor souls across the Middle Passage during the Atlantic Slave Trade. It departed the coast of Africa in 1781 with 470 slaves aboard, close to double what was recommended for such a voyage. Out of pure greed and hubris, the captain steered his overloaded ship out to the open sea, never suspecting it would soon become a floating beacon of agony, disease, and horror.
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I love these types of pieces.
Often called “The Fairy Tale King,” Ludwig II of Bavaria, who ruled from 1864 until his death in 1886, was the favorite cousin of the famous Empress Elizabeth and became known by the impressive castles he built during his short lifetime. When he was alive, his world was one of opulence and privilege, allowing him the ability to become an eccentric with a flair for spending. Ludwig also had secrets … ones that would bring about his untimely death and stop his grand lifestyle in its tracks. While many believed him crazy and insisted he killed himself, the details of his sudden death suggest otherwise. Did the spoiled, visionary king commit suicide or was he murdered by the people closest to him?
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