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Emma Green, Anne Hastings, and Mary Phinney of Mercy Street. (Courtesy of Erik Heinila/PBS and Antony Platt/PBS)

Enlarging the Historical Framework: Pamela D. Toler's Look at the Amazing Women of the Civil War

Daniel Hautzinger

The author of Heroines of Mercy Street discusses the determination and accomplishments of female Civil War nurses, the importance of writing about women in history, and her broad historical interests.
The six wives of King Henry VIII.

Which of the Six Wives of Henry the VIII are you?

Daniel Hautzinger

The last installment of Secrets of the Six Wives airs Sunday, February 5 at 9:00 pm.
Various forms of transit in 1904 at State and Madison Streets, with two cable car trains. (Courtesy of Chicago Transit Authority)

Buried History: Chicago’s Forgotten Cable Cars

Daniel Hautzinger

Chicago had the largest cable car system in the world, in terms of riders and equipment. The city's adoption of the new transit system sparked a nationwide boom in cable cars--but it lasted for less than 25 years.
Unidentified Black Soldier with Cannons. (Library of Congress)

African Americans in Chicago During the Civil War

Daniel Hautzinger

During the Civil War, many freed slaves moved to Chicago, swelling the black population from around 600 at the beginning of the decade to 3,691 in 1870. A black professional class began to emerge while new churches and communities were built. 

The Six Wives of Henry VIII and the Actresses Who Portray Them

Daniel Hautzinger

The new series Secrets of the Six Wives explores the lives of Henry VIII's spouses. How do the actresses compare with the real women they portray? And do the people portraying the same figures on Wolf Hall hold up?
Jenna Coleman as Queen Victoria.

'Victoria' Actors and Their Real-Life Counterparts

Daniel Hautzinger

How much do the actors on Victoria look like the historical figures they portray? Learn about the real people depicted on the show as you compare the character with the actor. 
The first location of the Chicago Public Library, in a recommissioned water tank.

Out of the Ashes: The Birth of the Chicago Public Library

Daniel Hautzinger

The Chicago Public Library was founded in the wake of the Great Chicago Fire with an inventory of books donated from England and other countries. 
Keeley Hawes as Elizabeth Woodville, Judi Dench as Cecily, the Duchess of York, and Phoebe Fox as Anne Neville.

Stranger Than Fiction: The History of 'The Wars of the Roses'

Daniel Hautzinger

The Hollow Crown: The Wars of the Roses depicts the civil war that wracked England in the late fifteenth century, as told by Shakespeare in his plays Henry VI and Richard III. The real-life people that the characters are based upon led outlandish, legendary lives. 
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