The country convulsed earlier this year when Justice Anthony Kennedy, a frequent swing vote on the Supreme Court, announced that he would retire at the end of July.
His fame hasn’t endured like Washington’s, Jefferson’s, or Hancock’s. But Benjamin Rush—only 30 when he signed the Declaration of Independence—was almost equally extraordinary. He was the most famous physician of his time, pioneering national healthcare and revolutionizing the treatment of mental illness.
Kansas City has a rich heritage of residential architecture that speaks to its national relevance during the city’s late 19th- and early 20th-century boom years—and to the capabilities of local architects who’d long been overshadowed by their East Coast counterparts.
Women in Kansas City began shaking their domestic bonds in the late 19th century, forming organizations to provide charitable relief, reform society’s ills, and claim space for themselves in the body politic.
Some battles last days. Or weeks. When Christian crusaders laid siege on the Mediterranean seaport of Acre late in the 12th century—bent on recapturing the Holy Land from the Egyptian sultan Saladin—they launched a military epic that claimed tens of thousands of lives over two years.