Crack v. Heroin : because history will repeat itself.

  A few days ago I watched the Frontline documentary ‘Chasing Heroin’. It was trending on my timeline, having been shared thousands of times and described as a searing film about an epidemic. That epidemic? Heroin. It’s a well-made film, typical of Frontlines with a strong journalistic edge. It is in fact searing and worth […]

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Mason celebrates National Women’s History Month

Basma Humadi, Staff Writer Since 1987, the month of March has been dedicated to Women’s History Month, which includes International Women’s Day on March 8. March is a month-long ode to the contributions women have made throughout history and continue to make today. This year, as declared by the National Women’s History Project, the theme is “Working […]

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Mason’s land owned by three individuals during the Civil War

(Photo credit: David Schrack/Fourth Estate) Before there was Mason… This story is the second in a short series by Fourth Estate that explores what Mason’s campus looked like before it became the grounds for a university. Northern Virginia is rich with history, and we hope this series connects the Mason community to its vibrant past. Stay […]

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Martin Luther 10 : Trivia Ready

Let’s face it, the average person doesn’t care about another history figure from the time of Jesus. Peter the first might as well be Peter Pan. It’s an unfortunate reality, but understandable when we’re inundated with information. Overwhelmed or not, there is one man that’s bound to show up in trivia that you need to […]

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Civil War-era road discovered in Fairfax

(Photo credit: Amy Rose/Fourth Estate) Before there was Mason… This story is the first in a short series by Fourth Estate that explores what Mason’s campus looked like before it became the grounds for a university. Northern Virginia is rich with history, and we hope this series connects the Mason community to its vibrant past. Stay […]

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Victorian fashion saves a life

Thomas Nelson Conrad of Fairfax Court House, Virginia was the third president of Virginia Tech. He played an active role in influencing Blacksburg as the location of choice for the new college, and was a Confederate spy during the American Civil War. And fashion saved his life. A troop of Union cavalry watched him enter […]

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A history of the woman’s magazine

Long before America was declared an independent country, the first magazines were being published.  From these beginnings, they largely covered the following topics: commerce, politics, manners, society, and women. Why did magazines discuss women so much? Articles about women were largely published because in both the pre and post decades of revolutionary America, where were […]

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Catalonia: A history of oppression and disrespect

On September 11, 1714, after 14 months of siege, Barcelona fell to Spanish forces fighting for the Borbon king Phillip V; thus sealing the fate of the, then independent, Principality of Catalonia as one of Spain’s conquered communities. Following years of industrialization and rapid economic growth, in 1913 Catalonia was able to assert itself and […]

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The impact of daily newspapers on business in the 18th century

In London in 1730, The Daily Advertiser began publication. This daily newspaper offered advertising space with news of politics, commerce, and society. Stanley Morison, a journalism historian, stated in our book that The Daily Advertiser was the “first modern newspaper” that “gained a hold on the commercial classes which it never lost.” This success caused […]

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America runs on Bulova

It was a typical Tuesday afternoon on July 1, 1941. The Dodgers and Phillies were getting ready to kick off their match. About 4000 people who weren’t at the game tuned into their televisions sets. And at exactly 2:29 pm, history was made. The first ever legal TV commercial aired. On May 2, 1941, the […]

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