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The Rights of France

Since the late 19th century, French politics has provided a testing ground for right-wing populism.

The Foundations of Liberia

The creation of an African American colony was supported by slave holders and abolitionists, but founded by a few dozen black families.

The Great Rabbit Hoax

In 1726, Mary Toft gave birth to rabbits. The case became a test of the doctors’ scientific principles.

Shampoo Empire

Shampooing was brought to Britain by a Bengali immigrant who knew his craft – and how to sell it.

Slaves and Indians

Europeans did not introduce slavery to North America – although they did change the way it was practised.