"United States of America"

The greatest country on Earth. Except when it’s not. Keep it weird, America.

political cartoon showing John Alexander Dowie being run out of Chicago

Marching to Shibboleth

a sordid story of faith healing, financial fraud, flat Eartherism, and figs

Forty miles north of Chicago lies Zion, IL, a sleepy city with a sordid history of faith healing, financial fraud, flat Eartherism... and figs? Read More...

Categories: Eccentrics & Prophecies, People & Places, Series 6

Tags:

Published:
Edited:

Simon Girty chewing gum card

He Whooped to See Them Burn

Simon Girty (1741-1818) -- renegade and traitor, or man of principle?

Was "white savage" Simon Girty (1741-1818) a renegade and traitor, or a man of principle? We reexamine his history and try to figure out what made him tick. Read More...

Categories: Biography, History, Series 4

Tags:

Published:
Edited:

Harmonist Cemetery gate

Hold Fast What Thou Hast

the rise and fall of the Harmony Society (1803-1905), the richest communists in the world [Part 1]

An unusual cemetery leads us to the story of the Harmony Society (1803-1905), the richest communists in the world, and the saga of their rise and fall. Read More...

Categories: Eccentrics & Prophecies, History, Series 2

Tags:

Published:
Edited: