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While the contemporary Olympics are loosely based on an Ancient Greek celebration, they are a modern invention. The International Olympic Committee was founded by Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Courbetin in Paris. The IOC was founded in the wake of French military defeat during the Franco-Prussian War at the hands of the German Empire. Courbetin, […]
Beginning in the 1910’s and ’20’s a unique social experiment was attempted. The Temperance Movement became successful in its longtime goal to criminalize the sale and consumption of alcohol; speakeasies, Al Capone, and Jazz became ubiquitous symbols of the era. However, Prohibition was a uniquely North American phenomenon. while there were minor Temperance Societies in […]